Blog Profile / Queer-Liberal

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Best wishes to Christopher Peloso, George Smitherman and family...

After missing since Monday, 39-year-old Christopher Peloso, the husband of former Toronto Centre Liberal MPP George Smitherman, was located today by police, dirty and disheveled in the Lansdowne Ave. and Dupont St. area, just after 11 a.m. Show More Summary

LGBTQ Rights activists rally around the world against ignorant laws

The International Day of Protest for LGBTQ Rights took place today, Sunday Sept 8, 2013 in about 50 cities around the world including Toronto. Citizens concerned about the attacks on LGBT human rights in Russia, Uganda and other countries...Show More Summary

The heartwarming story of Wren Kauffman

I have been delighted this week to read about the story of Wren Kauffman, an 11-year-old Edmonton boy who went back to school this week like most kids his age. The amazing part of this story is that Wren returned to school after he had been incorrectly known as a girl. Show More Summary

INTERVIEW with Chrystia Freeland and why I'm supporting her for the federal Liberal Toronto Centre nomination

There has been a bit of press recently on the local battle for the Toronto Centre federal Liberal nomination to replace Bob Rae, much of it unfairly attacking the candidacy of Chrystia Freeland (pictured), including allegations that Justin Trudeau is stacking the deck in her favour despite his commitment to allow for open nominations. Show More Summary

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird blasts 'hateful' Russian anti-gay law

I'm very glad to see John Baird taking a very strong stand in opposition to Russia's odious, hateful, new anti-gay laws. "As concerned as we are about the Olympics, that's nothing. That's two, three, four weeks for the athletes and participants and the visitors," Baird said in a telephone interview from Colombia with CBC. Show More Summary

Toronto Centre Liberal nomination race heats up...

It's now confirmed that author and journalist Chrystia Freeland (pictured) will be seeking the federal Liberal nomination in Toronto Centre for the upcoming byelection to replace retiring MP Bob Rae. Freeland is obviously a brilliant...Show More Summary

Stephen Harper's Conservatives take away victims' rights by passing pro-hate speech bill

While few were looking, Stephen Harper's Conservatives have succeeded in using the weaselly option of a backbencher's private member's bill to quietly gut the Canadian Human Rights Act to remove victims' rights to fight back against hate speech in Canada. Show More Summary

2nd Toronto Pride Week LGBT Short Film Festival launches Monday

After a very successful inaugural run in 2012, I'm very proud to be organizing the Canadian Media Guild's 2nd Toronto Pride Week LGBT Short Film Festival, which starts tomorrow. I've been working with other CMG volunteers to select a...Show More Summary

Inside Out film festival wraps: My favourite flicks this year.

The 23rd Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival wraps today. I've been a patron of the festival since I moved to Toronto in the 1990s. This year was a great success on many fronts with many good films getting a Toronto or Canadian premiere. Show More Summary

Lessons learned after the B.C. election: the NDP can't win in most parts of English Canada...

This article by Chantal Hebert sums up some of my feelings about the NDP in the face of their stunning defeat in British Columbia last night. Here are my lessons learned from the B.C. election campaign: 1) Canadian pollsters have no real idea which way Canadian voters are going to vote. Show More Summary

'The Golden Pin': Cuando las tradiciones se interponen en el amor / 'The Golden Pin': When traditions stand in the way of love

I recently did an interview with the Latino queer website UniversoGay about my short film, 'The Golden Pin,' which has turned into a hit on YouTube. I posted the 16-minute short film there on October 24, 2012, and in six short months,...Show More Summary

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau fights back with 'Channel Change' TV ad

Canadians are fair people. They understand that 40-somethings just elected to new, massively challenging leadership roles need time to continue to grow and do their jobs. In response to Trudeau's overwhelming popularity with Canadians,...Show More Summary

I'll be voting for Joyce Murray even though I hope Justin Trudeau wins Liberal leadership...

I've always been a left-leaning Liberal. I've always been slightly anti-establishment. Since I was a recently out university student, I've always wanted to push the Liberal Party to be more activist, more open and more progressive. Those...Show More Summary

Canadian House of Commons approves transgendered rights bill

I'm really glad this bill passed the House of Commons today. But the close vote - 149 in favour, 137 against - is slightly disturbing. But then again, we have a strong, stable, secure Conservative majority under Stephen Harper, who regrettably was among the 137 opposed. Show More Summary

Canadian Supreme Court upholds hate speech ruling against Bill Whatcott

I'm quite pleased with this morning's ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada against Bill Whatcott's dissemination of hateful, anti-gay flyers in Saskatchewan in 2001 and 2002. Whatcott had been found guilty of breaking the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code's hate speech provisions and fined thousands of dollars in penalties. Show More Summary

Media should re-think term "openly gay", perhaps use the term "out" to describe Kathleen Wynne...

When Kathleen Wynne won the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party in late January, it was historic. Not only would Ontario have its first female premier, Canada would also have its first "openly gay" premier. They didn't refer to her as Canada's first "gay" premier because, in fact, she wasn't. Show More Summary

Special message to state broadcaster Sun Media & Brian Lilley: Evangelicals and Catholics are not the same...

Canada's state broadcaster Sun Media has been going to bat for the Conservative Party this week against their political enemies. Conservative Party spokesman Brian Lilley has been obsessively attacking NDP Leader Tom Mulcair this week for questioning the government's funding of Crossroads Christian Communications. Show More Summary

Ontario News Watch Op Ed: Backroom Negotiations By Party Elites Chose Wynne As Liberal Leader. But Is That Really The Best Way To Choose A Premier For All Of Ontario?

I was very proud to be asked by ONW Editor Susanna Kelley to write today's op ed piece on the recent Ontario Liberal leadership election process. Please check it out here today.

Party elites, not grassroots members, chose Wynne for Ontario Liberal Leader...

The recent Ontario Liberal leadership convention in Toronto was enjoyable to attend. It gave me the opportunity to re-connect with dozens of Liberals I've known over the years. It also provided great drama as it produced a new leader and premier for Ontario, Kathleen Wynne. Show More Summary

Great day as British House of Commons votes in favour of legalizing same-sex marriage.

Britain's Parliament voted today 400 to 175 to legalize equal marriage in the United Kingdom. The government-proposed bill would enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, provided that the religious institution consents. Show More Summary

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