Category: LGBTQ

Edmonton Pride

This week is Pride Week at the University of Alberta. There will be events, shows, and a parade on campus. I hope it isn’t too cold for the parade! The city of Edmonton is recognizing this by lighting the High Level Bridge in rainbow colours. Edmonton has its […]

A Wrinkle in Buying

You know how, when you need some gift-buying inspiration, you go to a favourite shopping website and click on the options? You can select gift ideas for men, women, kids, or a specific celebratory event. Well, the people who put the products under those categories have some really […]

Don’t Fence Me Out!

I had a good time watching the Pride Parade on Saturday. It is always fun to watch, and the crowd is always good-natured.  Edmonton turns out in huge numbers to watch the parade and join in the festivities, and this year there seemed to be even bigger crowds […]

Agent Provocateur?

Last  Thursday, students at the University of California at Berkeley protested against a scheduled speech by Milo Yiannopoulus. Milo is a right-wing writer for the populist Breitbart News, and he has made a career out of provoking conflict. He thrives on it. Most recently he incited online abuse of the […]

You Can Do Anything

Today I realized that some people view the people who joined the Women’s March as whiners and misandrists. They think we are sore losers, or people who didn’t vote and now regret it. They think we hate men. They don’t understand what has got us all so upset. This […]

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Duelling Causes

In Toronto, Canada this week we had an interesting kerfuffle. Two social/political action groups found themselves in a very public lovers’ spat. The LGBTQ community had invited the Black Lives Matter group to lead the Toronto Pride parade. It was intended as a gesture to recognize black LGBTQ […]

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Playing With Dolls

From the moment a child is born, we want to reassure ourselves that our baby fits into our perceptions of what is considered normal. Normal numbers of fingers and toes, normal weight, normal health, and normal gender. The problem with that is that we have very narrow perceptions of […]

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Spiritual Assonance

When there is assonance in poetry, it means there is a resemblance in the sounds of two words, but only a partial rhyme; usually the vowels rhyme but not the final syllables. Examples are penitent and reticence, or time and light. When I tried to explain assonance to my children […]

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Who’s Who in the Loo

  Long Line-ups How many times have you been to a concert or play and, at the intermission, found a long lineup for the women’s washroom and a much shorter one for the men’s?  We have all experienced that totally ridiculous segregation. On the other hand, at fairgrounds […]

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Houston Has A Problem

Houston, you have a problem.  You just voted to repeal an ordinance that would have banned discrimination on the basis of age, race, or sex, and I don’t think you know what you have done. You bought into the propaganda that made you afraid. You were lead to […]

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Sweeping Changes

I am listening to my son doing housework upstairs. It warms a mother’s heart. So does this week’s news about same-sex marriage in the United States. It has been a long time coming but heartwarming all the same.  For too long, many parents have felt embarrassed, ashamed, or ambivalent […]

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Call Me Impressed

Caitlyn Jenner was on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine last week and created her own Twitter account. She has also created a firestorm of interest in transgender issues. This has been coming for a long time, and most people have noticed Jenner’s appearance changing over the years. […]