Out on the ballot
Carleton-Gloucester NDP candidate Cindy Moriarty joins two other openly gay candidates in the federal election. Moriarty describes her grassroots, feminist roots and promises gays and lesbians she’ll stand up and yell for them in Parliament.
Confronting the hate
Ottawa police attempt to spread awareness about the bias crime unit to encourage gays and lesbians to report hate-motivated crimes. They admit that officers have been unsympathetic to complaints in the past or unaware that bashing is a widespread issue, but queer activists and Pink Triangle Services have been working hard to change attitudes.
Censorship: the Canadian way
After Stonewall bookstore, owned by cover boy David Rimmer, becomes the latest victim in a tradition of Canada Customs harassing and detaining the products of Canadian LGBT bookstores. The Ottawa branch of CensorStop continues to advocate for non-discriminatory customs practices.
Deportation stayed — for now
Salvadoran refugee Carla Palacios came to Canada after the disappearance of her father and husband and soon after found out she was pregnant and HIV-positive. ACT UP Montreal fought for Palacios’s right to stay in Canada despite a deportation order.
Queer on campus
Queer students at Carleton University have an on-campus service provider in the Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Centre. The volunteer-run organization offers a drop-in/resource centre and discussion groups geared toward gay men, lesbians and bisexuals. Carleton also hosts People Like You, a gay and lesbian radio show on CKCU 93.1FM.
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