Last summer Canada’s federal government measured how “comfortable” Canadians felt with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people playing significant roles in their lives to better access and understand the challenges faced by Canada’s LGBT community.
According to the mid-summer poll commissioned by the Privy Council Office an overwhelming 91.8 per cent of those surveyed said they would be “comfortable” if a next-door neighbor was gay, lesbian or bisexual and that 87.6 per cent said they would be “comfortable” if a neighbour was a transgender person.
The Privy Council Office (PCO) is the federal department that supports the work of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Weekly polls are part and parcel of the PCO, and for the survey on the week of July 26, the body included six questions that gauged Canada’s attitudes towards its LGBT community.
How comfortable would you be in each of the following situations?
If you had a next-door neighbour who was gay, lesbian, or bisexual
If you had a next-door neighbour who is a transgender person
If you had a manager or supervisor who is gay, lesbian, or bisexual
If you had a manager or supervisor who was a transgender person
If you had a doctor who is gay, lesbian, or bisexual
If you had a doctor who was a transgender person.”
The poll found 90.5% of the respondents said they were “very comfortable” or “somewhat comfortable” with a gay, lesbian or bisexual boss and 88.2% were “comfortable” with having an LGB doctor and 79.9% “comfortable” with having a transgender doctor.
“It’s really good to see the attitude of Canadians changing and being more open and inclusive,” said Helen Kennedy, executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Egale Canada. “We obviously have more work to do. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”
The Billings Gazetteis reporting that a week after someone left a stack of anti-gay pamphlets at the gay-friendly Grace United Methodist Church more messages appeared in and around the building, including swastikas and a hastily scrawled “No gays” on the sign board outside.
Grace United has been a vocal advocate of LGBT issues and rights, hosting LGBT gatherings and fighting discrimination within the community.
Pastor Sarah Beck called the recent acts “unacceptable,” and said the congregation had been concerned, not just for the church but also for the people responsible. “That is a sign of some seriously dark stuff,” she said.
Last Sunday, the church hosted a public forum to speak out the against anti-gay literature placed inside the church Jan. 25.
Then on Thursday, church volunteers discovered a swastika painted on the choir room door and more anti-gay literature pinned to a bulletin board inside the room.
Outside on a church sign that reads, “Open doors, open hearts,” someone had scribbled, “No gays.”
“It’s certainly an attempt at intimidation,” Pastor Beck said. “But it’s not going to work. We’re not going to shrink away from being who we are in the community, as a congregation.”
The incident has been reported to the Billings Police Department and the FBI.
Amtrak, which employs more than 20,000 people and operates passenger service on 21,200 miles of railway track throughout the nation has launched a LGBT promotional campaign that includes gay families.
The program titled called “Ride with Pride” adds LGBT families to its current standard of its discounted family travel program and becomes the first national passenger company to do so.
Amtrak will be publishing two versions of one ad, one with a picture of a male couple and another with a female couple, were distributed. Both versions include the headline: Priceless Family Moments Are Now Affordable. The ad goes on to promote Amtrak’s 50% off campaign for children age 2 to 15 who are traveling with an adult, and directs readers to its gay travel website Ride With Pride
“At Amtrak, diversity is not just a corporate buzzword, it’s a priority,” the company notes on the site. “We understand that valuing diversity is not only a good thing to do, but a business necessity beyond compliance that plays a vital role in customer service delivery and ultimately the success of our operations. Simply put, our business diversity philosophy means commitment to ensuring our company embraces a culture of respect and appreciation for differences and similarities of all people.”
Thank you Amtrak for standing up and coming out in support of LGBT families and the LGBT Community.
But part of me has to wonder how long before John Boehner and the vile RePUGNANTans will use this to demand ending funds for Amtrak?
Zach Braff better known as the adorkable Dr. John Dorian on the now cancelled television show SCRUBS, has just finished appearing in All New People on London’s West End and in his spare time has made some interesting TWEETS about Same Sex Marriage, Marijuana, and North Carolina’s Amendment 1
Braff tweeted to his SCRUBS co-star Donald Faison shortly after Amendment 1, North Carolina’s anti-gay marriage bill was passed by voters…
As if there weren’t enough reasons to love Ryan Kwanten, he’s giving us some more.
In a recent interview with The Advocate Ryan Kwanten who plays Jason Stackhouse in the hit HBO series True Blood talks lovingly about his little younger brother Llyod. and how he wasn’t fazed at all when his younger brother ‘came out’ as gay – insisting his sibling was a “changed man for the better” when he accepted his sexuality
“My youngest brother, Lloyd, is gay,” says the 33-year-old actor. “He’s a doctor, so he got every ounce of intelligence in the family. He was probably about 18 when he came out, and I can wholeheartedly tell you that from the day that he did, he was a changed man for the better. The sheer beauty of who he is really came through.”
Kwanten also wouldn’t mind following in costar Stephen Moyer’s charitable footsteps by auctioning off the cloth pouch he uses to hide his manhood during some of the shows more revealing scenes.
“Well, I’ve gone through more than one, so there might be a couple out there,” he jokes. “I’ll have to speak to Audrey, our wardrobe designer, and see if she can track one down. There’s quite a collection, actually—one for every mood.”
Despite sweeping GOP gains in Iowa government Tuesday and the removal of the three Iowa judges and the fact that Republicans will occupy the governor’s office and will control the Iowa House next year, and there’s a chance that final results could give Republicans a 25-25 deadlock in the Iowa Senate.
But Iowa Senate Democrats will still maintain at least equal power which will give Majority Leader Mike Gronstal authority to prevent a vote on a marriage amendment to the state constitution. Which he has vowed he will do.
There’s no mechanism whereby senators, even a majority of senators, can override the majority leader, and Gronstal believes the right thing means protecting the civil rights of gays and lesbians. He reaffirmed Wednesday that he won’t bow to pressure, no matter how nasty it gets.
“The easy political thing for me to do years ago would have been to say, ‘Oh, let’s let this thing go. It’s just too political and too messy,’ ” Gronstal said. “What’s ugly is giving up what you believe in, that everybody has the same rights. Giving up on that? That’s ugly.”
Gronstal said he hopes the Senate doesn’t waste time on parliamentary maneuvers or partisan games connected to gay marriage. “We’re going to focus on creating jobs and moving Iowa’s economy forward,” he said. “The election is over. Iowans have spoken. Iowans are tired of the elections. Our job now is to find common ground.”
While the fight for gay rights remain bogged down and a nightmare here in the United States, same-sex marriage and gays in the military have never been issues in Albion, the virtual nation where “Fable” players battle bandits, reanimated corpses and lead revolutions. Though not integral to the plot, gamers have been able to be gay and lesbian and marry characters of the same sex since the sweeping saga launched in 2004 brought to us gay geeks by Peter Molyneux and Microsoft Game Studios Europe.
“You can be gay. You can be bisexual. You can get married as many times as you like. It’s up to you. My fascination is with what that means to people. It means they can be who they are rather than who I require them to be.”
And now Molyneux and his team at British developer Lionhead Studios are adding another way to play as gay — or otherwise — in the franchise’s epic third installment, which tasks players with leading a revolution in the newly industrialized Albion. For the first time in the series, a player’s character, regardless of their sexual orientation, can adopt children.
So now when the Prince of Albion isn’t battling reanimated corpses, searching for mystical medallions or attempting to overthrow his tyrannical brother, he can go home and relax, live and love with his husband, Kyle the Blacksmith, and their two adopted sons, Alex and Tim.
Bravo to Fable III. Because at the end of the day isn’t that what we all want?
In 2004 Gavin Newsom gained national attention when he directed the San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Newsom’s unexpected move brought national attention to the issues of gay marriage and gay rights. Yesterday Gavin offered his congratulations and thoughts on the announcement from Judge Walker that the stay on the Prop 8 decision would be lifted in a week.
The LGBT Community in San Francisco California should be glad to have someone like Gavin on your side, despite whatever mistakes you think he has made. Gay-friendly, articulate, smart, and not hard on the eyes I wish we had more of him throughout the country
“Let the record speak for itself. The Catholic Church does not approve of homosexuality; their position on pedophilia, however, is not as clear. I am sure most Catholics do not approve of pedophilia, but the executive branch of Catholicism seems to have difficulty convincing some of us that they are willing to do what is necessary to make sure that the members of their staff who are active sexual predators are brought to justice.
“I can’t see any sane person not wanting someone who harms innocent children taken out of circulation as soon as possible. Relocating them is tantamount to enabling them further. Maybe there should be a television show called To Catch A Priest. I’ll watch. I think the expulsion of this child from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School is the best break the parents could have hoped for. Children should be raised in an environment of kindness and encouragement, not discrimination and ignorance.” –Henry Rollins, in a Vanity Fair essay saying that those protesting the explusion of the children of gay parents from Catholic schools are “wasting their time” and that the kids shouldn’t be there in the first place.