In society at large, the discussion of 2SLGBTQ+ issues is evolving rapidly. We can't cover all of the media reports but this section includes links to stories that we feel are imporant to be aware of. In particular, in the United States there is a huge and politcal wave of anti-trans and more generally anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. This wave is driven by conservative Christian organizations. It threatens to undo decades of human-rights legislation protecting the 2SLGBTQ+ community as well as communities of color. We are seeing this regressive movement coming to Canada and we need to be vigilant, informed and active in support of our own 2SLGBTQ+ affirming policies.
The news items below are listed in chronological order. You may have to scroll down to see the different stories on a given topic. We try to use mainstream media and encourage everyone to read widely about these issues.
February 21, 2024: Poilievre backs banning trans women from sports and bathrooms
February 15, 2024: CSIS warns that the 'anti-gender movement' poses a threat of 'extreme violence'
February 15, 2024: Greece legalises same-sex marriage but Orthodox Church remains opposed
February 2, 2024: Doctors warn against Alberta's transgender health policies and another article on the same subject from the Montreal Gazette
December 24, 2023: Trans folks will someday be revered as the visionaries they are . This is an opinion piece which draws parallels between trans rights and the anti-slavery and feminist struggles of earlier decades. It offers some thought-provoking perspectives.
December 18 2023: Pope Francis says priests can bless same-sex couples
December 6 2023: No trans or non-binary people on Quebec's gender identity committee
December 2023: A research report produced by the Southern Poverty Rights Centre documents the rising promotion of anti-LGBTQ+ pseudoscience and its influence on policy in the United States. This is a long read with several chapters but the well-documented results and conclusions are concerning to say the least.
October 20, 2023: Canada's Saskatchewan passes school gender identity bill
October 19, 2023: The spectacular freedom of embracing she/he/they pronouns. A personal story of coming to understand gender, full of insights.
September 2023: Canada: The LGBT Agenda Seeks to Destroy the Catholic Church
July 2023: US religious right at centre of anti-LGBTQ+ message pushed around the world