Canadians will now be allowed to have a neutral gender on their Canadian passport and immigration documents.
The Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced that a new gender designation, “X,” for those who don’t identify as male or female, will be available starting Aug. 31st, 2019.
“Canadian citizens and residents deserve to be respected and have the opportunity to live according to their own identity. As of today, individuals who do not identify exclusively as female or male can have an “X” printed on their passport, travel document, citizenship certificate or permanent resident card.”
Those who would like to replace their current documents with gender “X” can do so with no fee until June 4, 2020.
It’s the latest in a series of policy changes supported by Bill C-16, which defends the rights of transgender people and makes it illegal to discriminate based on “gender identity or expression.”
For more information:
Posted in Computer Stuff, Cross-dressing, Drag Queens, Gender Issues, In the News, Odd News, Privacy, Sex & Politics, Sexuality, Technology, Transgender & Transsexual
Tagged Canada, gender, gender equality, gender fluid, gender identity, gender issues, gender neutral, passport, politics, Sex & Politics
Sex toys come in all shapes and sizes. But Netherlands-based designer Mark Sturkenboom is bringing his sex toy to a whole new level of weird. The device, called 21 Grams, is “a memory box that allows a widow to go back to the intimate memories of a lost beloved one,” according to Sturkenboom’s website.
He’s created a special ‘memory box’ that happens to be inside a dildo. It also includes – more conventionally – a necklace and an amplifier for playing music that reminds you of the deceased. There’s also a scent diffuser and a gold-plated urn.
The glass urn allows you to place your loved one’s ashes inside — 21 grams of ashes, to be precise. It just so happens that 21 grams is popularly (and erroneously) thought of as the weight of the soul when it leaves the body on death, according to experiments performed by a doctor at the beginning of the 20th century.
Sturkenboom says he dreamed up the sex toy after noticing that an old woman that he assists with her groceries, who kept an urn containing the remains of her late husband. He felt that did not reflect the way she spoke so lovingly about him.
“In that same period I read an article about widows, taboos and sex and intimacy and then I thought to myself, ‘can I combine these themes and make an object that is about love and missing and intimacy?’”
Read related article: Ashes in a Dildo
Posted in Fetishes, Humour, In the News, Life & Death, Objectification, Odd News, Privacy, Psychology, Sex, Sex Toys, Sexuality
Tagged ashes, death, dildo, dildos, life and death, memorial, memory, objectification, Odd News, Psychology, sex toy, sex toys, Sexuality, urn
Former dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford has sent a letter to sex workers across Canada asking for feedback on whether she should reveal the names of politicians she claims have employed sex workers.
Bedford, who led the legal battle that overturned Canada’s prostitution laws, threatened to name naughty politicians at a Senate hearing last month into C-36, the law the Conservative government is bringing in to make it illegal to buy sex.
Releasing a list would “show the hypocrisy of those who want to impose their will on others while themselves engaging in the very behaviour they want to others to stop.” She also suggests that her plan would keep the issue in the public eye. “Nothing attracts media attention as much as politics combined with scandals of this kind.”
Read the full article
Posted in BDSM & Fetish, BDSM Canada, BDSM Ottawa, Clubs, Dungeons & Playspaces, Domination, dominatrix, Femdom / FemDommes, In the News, Odd News, Ottawa, Pornography, Privacy, Prostitution, Sex, Sex & Politics, Sexuality
Tagged bill, canadian government, dominatrix, politicians, politics, prostitution, senate, sex, sex work, sex workers