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The anti-queer politics of Lethbridge and Alberta

How many pride flags have been burned or torn down in Alberta in the past 5 years? How many Pride crosswalks have been vandalized? If your answer is greater than zero for either, there’s a problem. In Lethbridge, the Pride crosswalks downtown were vandalized twice in the summer of 2017. During the month of June […]

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Canadian MPs approve conversion therapy ban

Canadian MPs voted 263–63 to pass Bill C-6, effectively banning conversion therapy.

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Actually, homophobia is a fear

Often when I use the word homophobia—especially in spaces that aren’t exclusively leftist—someone challenges my usage, saying that it isn’t an accurate term, that it isn’t a true fear. Except I argue that the word homophobia actually does describe a real fear. People who express (or even feel) homophobia are afraid of what the presence […]

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Lethbridge prison can’t accommodate trans inmates

A recent criminal case regarding a Lethbridge trans woman found that the local prison puts unnecessary punishment on trans inmates.

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One way homophobia hides within us

Homophobia and transphobia area more embedded in us than some of us would be willing to admit. Sure some homophobia and transphobia show up in pretty obvious ways, such if someone uses a slur or pathologizes sexuality or gender (such as calling them a mental illness) or even dismisses them outright by saying they’re not […]

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Conversion therapy isn’t the only way we force others to be straight

As someone who has always passed as a straight man, I’ve never experienced explicit homophobia directed specifically at me. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve never been the recipient of homophobia as a closeted queer person.

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Hyggen and Mauro move to delay Lethbridge conversion therapy bylaw

Last month, Lethbridge city council passed first reading of Bylaw 6228, which would prohibit the business practice of conversion therapy. Second reading was scheduled to occur on Monday. Blaine Hyggen and Joe Mauro want to delay it.

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Pride is an act of resistance

Pride should be more than an act of inclusivity; it should be an act of solidarity.

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City of Lethbridge passes first reading of conversion therapy bylaw

Lethbridge City Council approved first reading Monday their new conversion therapy bylaw by a vote of 7–2.

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Why the Canadian Blood Services blood ban is homophobic

Canadian Blood Services has a 3-month waiting period for men to donate blood if they’ve had sex with another man. It’s a policy based in homophobia. Here’s why.