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LGBT

Miss Universe Canada pulls contestant Jenna Talackova off website... for being transgendered?

A few days ago, Jenna Talackova was going to be Miss Universe Canada's first transgendered contestant. Since then, her profile has been pulled from the beauty pageant's official site. What gives?

Top Vancouver Events March 14-20: bus flashmob, DIY and yoga

This week's top events include the intriguing Maker Faire, billed as "the greatest show and tell on Earth". The Electro Swing Club is back with their monthly sassy event. Missed the last one? Read...

Gay teenagers and suicide: does it get better?

Gay youth are four times as likely as their straight counterparts to commit suicide. How can society reverse this horrible statistic?

Eric James Borges, gay teen filmmaker, takes his life one month after making 'It Gets Better' video

"My name was not Eric, but 'Faggot...I was stalked, spit on, ostracized, and physically assaulted,'" said 19-year-old filmmaker Eric James Borges, speaking for an "It Gets Better" video to support...

Gay teen filmmaker Eric James Borges commits suicide one month after making 'It Gets Better' video

Despite encouraging other youth not to give up, a young filmmaker succumbs to suicide after a lifetime of rejection and bullying.

Same-sex marriages 'should be valid,' law to change: Justice minister

Ottawa blames Liberals, vows to change Canada's marriage laws after government lawyers argue that up to 5,000 same-sex marriages invalid.

Canada re-opens abortion, same-sex marriage culture wars

PM Stephen Harper insists his government will not open debate on same-sex marriage or reproductive rights, even after an MP vows to do otherwise and couples told marriages not legal.

The Holiday Homo

How to host the perfect party in six simple steps.

Unique research chair on homophobia a first for North America

Quebec announces university grant, says statistics on violence, hate toward gays "alarming".

Queer Culture Awards Show tonight at the Cobalt

Vancouver queer culture and history celebrated tonight at the Cobalt