Politics and its Discontents: Merry Christmas – A Gift For You

During most of the year, the topics and issues I deal with on this blog are often dark and depressing.Such is the way of the world. However, I’d like to share with readers a series of good news stories that show human kindness, compassion and resilience are far from dead. Taken from NBC News, these ...

Slap Upside The Head: Documentary about Homophobia in Jamaica

Check out this trailer for An Abominable Crime, a documentary about the rampant (and often ignored) homophobia problem in Jamaica. The filmmakers are currently fundraising to help get this film finished, and The Pulitzer Center has offered to match all Kickstarter donations. So go check it out and offer some support if you can.

Slap Upside The Head: Site Counts Homophobic Tweets

Students and researchers at the University of Alberta have created a website that counts homophobic slurs on Twitter in real time. It’s both amazingly awesome and a little depressing, but makes me pretty happy to be a U of A alumni. Check it out.

Slap Upside The Head: Bad Blood Documentary

Bad Blood, a documentary film about the ban on blood donations from gay men, looks like it’s well worth checking out. Although I have to wonder… If Canadian Blood Services were to screen the documentary like they screen their blood, do you think they’d give it zero stars even if it passed the advance screening ...

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Sea Turtles Swim to Freedom

Sea Turtles Swim to Freedom – YouTube. Filed under: Beautiful, Fun Tagged: good news

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

An amazing story of best friends, a man and a crocodile:

Slap Upside The Head: Letter From A Father

Father’s Day may have already passed, but you should still read this amazing article from a father published in last Sunday’s New York Times. (On a related note, Slap-branded tissues will soon be available for purchase. Don’t read another touching letter without one!)

Slap Upside The Head: Apple Adds Same-Sex Emoticons To iOS 6

Have you ever been composing a text message and wanted to insert a generic and practically microscopic representation of a gay couple only to discover that all available visual iconography was exclusively heterosexual? Well, I say straight people have had this unshared privilege for too long! It’s time for a violent revolt! Take up your ...

350 or bust: I Am Your Hope

Sami Yusuf ‘s I am your hope, a new song for Egypt. * SamiYusufOfficial.com

Slap Upside The Head: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Today’s the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a magical day where anything can happen—including a public endorsement by… Toronto Mayor Rob Ford?  There can only be one explanation: A Dickensian epiphany, ghosts and all. A Merry International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia to everyone!

Slap Upside The Head: Raymond May 17

Slap reader Jen writes in with a really great fundraiser idea in memory of Raymond Taavel: “I’m a displaced Haligonian in Toronto, and am organizing what I am hoping will end up being a Canada-wide initiative. I’m also an avid crossfitter, so I’ve planned a tribute workout for raymond, on May 17th (the International Day ...

Slap Upside The Head: Controversial Ex-Gay Study Retracted

Here’s another win for science! A controversial study conducted in 2001 that claimed a small minority of gay people were able to change their sexual orientation from gay to straight has been retracted by its author, admitting that the study simply did not survive the peer review process and that its conclusions were unsupported. In ...

Slap Upside The Head: GLBT Summer Camp Expands

Camp Fyrefly—a Canadian summer camp for GLBT youth—has announced that it is expanding this summer, admitting 50% more campers than last year. That’s pretty impressive. In fact, at this rate, the camp will exceed the population of Canada in just 33 years—and the population of Earth just 13 years later. World domination is ours!

Slap Upside The Head: Day of Silence

Today is the Day of Silence, and to note the occasion, let me say the following:

Slap Upside The Head: Trans Pride Media Style Guide

Trans Pride Canada has released a pretty thorough style guide that should assist media writers when writing about trans issues in Canada. As someone who has been on the receiving end of offended readers’ wrath for confusing terms like “gender” and “sex,” please accept my Ultra Thanks 3000™, Trans Pride Canada!

Slap Upside The Head: Ben and Jerry’s Renames Flavour In Support of Equal Marriage

Ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s has renamed a flavour of their signature frozen treat from Oh! My! Apple Pie! to Apple-y Ever After last week as a way of showing their support for same-sex marriage in the UK. Opponents of equality are now reportedly lobbying for their own flavour introduction: Living in Sinnamon.

Slap Upside The Head: Facts Scmacts!

Slate investigates the claims that same-sex marriage will have all sorts of negative effects on society, finding that facts simply don’t support this claim. Then, again, facts aren’t exactly an occupation if the anti-gay lobby.

Slap Upside The Head: Calgary Radio Station Tackles Bullying

Kool 105.5, a Calgary-based radio station, is tackling bullying with a pretty novel incentive: A contest. The school that signs the most pledges asserting that everyone has “the right to feel safe, respected, valued, and accepted” will get a free concert performed during school hours. Of course, if anyone breaks the pledge, all memory of ...

Slap Upside The Head: Oklahoma Scraps Anti-Gay Bill

Yesterday, a house committee in Oklahoma rejected a horrendously anti-gay bill that would have made it legal to fire state municipal employees just for being gay. The bill was introduced by lawmaker Mike Reynolds, who is now officially so homophobic that even Oklahoma thinks he has gone to far.

Slap Upside The Head: Ontario To Reintroduce Trans Rights Bill

A bill protecting the trans community from employment and housing discrimination in Ontario is expected to be introduced in the provincial legislature today. This will be the fourth time the bill has been introduced, but its odds are actually looking pretty good this time around. You know what they say: Fourth time’s even charmier!

Slap Upside The Head: Rhode Island To Introduce Gay Marriage Bill

It looks like Rhode Island legislators are prepared to introduce three equal rights bills today, including one that proposes full marriage equality in the state. Well, there you go! Just because a state is small doesn’t mean its minds are too.

Slap Upside The Head: Pink Shirt Day Reminder

Don’t forget: Pink Shirt Day, Canada’s anti-bullying campaign, is coming up in just a couple of weeks! If you don’t have a pink shirt to wear, you can buy one from the Pink Shirt Day website (proceeds support the Boys and Girls Club of Canada), or just do what I do and accidentally throw something ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Good news #nlpoli

In all the hullaballoo the past week or son you may have missed a couple of fine examples of local reporting. For starters, check out Curtis Rumboldt’s profile of a man who was disfigured in an industrial accident but who has made a truly inspiring recovery.  This is award-winning stuff.  Curtis tells the story simply ...

Slap Upside The Head: Ah, Question Period

The subject of Canada’s new trans-unfriendly airport screening regulations was brought up in the House of Commons during question period this week. Check out these videos of Randall Garrison and Dany Morin speaking in support of trans Canadians amidst jeers from the Conservative party, as well as a clip from Liberal MP Justin Trudeau, who demonstrates ...

Slap Upside The Head: The Genderbread Person

Presenting the Genderbread Person.