Monday, February 7, 2011
Trans folk will cheer... allies too.
Trans rights are on the forefront of a federal bill as today marks the big lobbying push toward equal rights for all genders under the rainbow zamboni.
A third reading of Bill C-389 is today; trans rights will be debated and a vote will follow on Wednesday. Recognize trans people as human by sending a letter to your MP TODAY.
Please take a moment to send an email to your MP today. To make this easy, below is a model letter.
[name of your MP],
MP [name of your riding]
[email format: Bob Rae <email@example.com>]House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
As you know, I'm a strong supporter of Bill C-389, the Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression).
As a [name of your riding] resident, I'd like to underline the critical importance of including “gender identity” and “gender expression” as prohibited grounds of discrimination within the Canadian Human Rights Act. Adding "crimes motivated by transphobia" to the list of crimes treated by the Criminal Code as potential hate crimes is also long overdue.
When voting on C-389 at third reading on Monday, Feb 7, I strongly encourage you to consider your responsibility to the significant community of transgender, transsexual, cross-dresser, intersex, gender-queer, gender non-conforming and gender-open individuals not only in this province but throughout the country.
I would also ask you to strongly urge as many of your colleagues as possible in the House to vote with you next Wednesday, Feb 9 in order to affirm the equality and freedom from discrimination of all Canadians, regardless of gender identity and gender expression.
I look forward to your reply at the above email address.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
This was the worstest of times and the bestest of times.
- Café Cléopatre's future: was in jeopardy/people rallied for the saving of the historic venue/may be saved?
- Glam Gam Productions did some shit! And we are all the better for it. Thanks neon-wearing, naked kids!
- Mark Dailey, died
- North Korea... weirdness
- Chilean Miners' rescue: awesome
- Kate McGarrigle, died
Fire, cures malaise
- Aquafit and lane swimming, room temperature vat of water anyone? It's like the womb
- Caribou YES, more electric tinkerings like these!
Soundsystem dude know muzak
- Leslie Nielsen, died
- G20, gross abuse of power, mass arrests and dissent, a sign of the times
Stevens, feels good on the heart
- LIP SERVICE, AKA GlasGay. The TV series that made us believe in Scottish TV lesbians again
- Nicolo Rizzuto, aging Sicilian godfather of the Montreal crime clan, killed
Bells, the girls know how to make the guitar reverb and make noise and shit
- Florentines, Italian cookie recipe
- YOGA, the gentle kind
- Shad Hipitty to the hoppitty. Canadian rap is moving along
- Rae Spoon. What an awesome year for him
- Jess MacCormack, an artist that holds hands with strangers, draws beautiful things and looks at folks with authenticity (you can catch her teaching art at Concordia these days)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
The Well Versed has a great profile on female rappers, to help the masses go beyond Nicki Minaj and her full-tittied/mostly assed peers. Here in Canada we have Eternia, who is ok for a white girl (that's called a joke, please don't call the innernet police on me). But if you tread a little farther south, you'll find someone a little easier on the eyes. Invincible is fresh, best and ready to rap-press. (I CAN RAP TOO GUISE.) Download singles off the Well Versed article.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Slap Upside the Head, another gay Canadian blog, has spurred the innernets into action with an incindiary post
about the CONs and a certain ex-gay with charity status and FULL TAX BENEFITS. Get acted, innernets! Lick a pole in protest! Or Sign something! Like a petition or some shit! Or write your goverment! Likeachamp! (email: CharitiesComplianceDivisi.LPRA@cra-arc.gc.ca
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Oh my jesus, Sook Yin Lee's first feature film, Year of the Carnivore, is almost out! Sort of.... The trailer makes me drool. Just listen to the description (and by listen, I mean read the following aloud): "SAMMY SMALLS is a 21-year-old tomboy who works as a store detective at Big Apple Food Town. Her job is to deliver shoplifters to her boss who beats them up so they never reoffend."
It's out in Montreal (Toronto, Vancouver) on June 18th. Also, Sook Yin was once (maybe still is?) bisexual.