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Celebrating My 10 Year Blog Anniversary in 2015!

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the “Adventures of a HeadMistress” blog!

Little did I know a decade ago that I’d still be online and sharing my views on the kinky life with others. I must admit that is has had it’s ups and downs; from keeping up with changes in blogging software, technology, the never-ending annoyance of spammers and hackers, and so much more — but I still find it quite rewarding.

I hope that I’ll still be around in years to continue sharing my blog with my many web visitors and readers!

Montreal’s Divers/Cité Festival On Edge Of Bankruptcy

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Founded in 1994, Divers/Cité was responsible for the organization of the popular “Divers/Cité Festival”, a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transvestite pride.

As of March 3rd, 2015, it sought protection from creditors, thus ending all it’s activities. According to documents from the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada, total debt amounted to nearly $ 214,500. A third of the debt consists of salaries ($ 71,500) while the rest is divided between 23 other creditors.

Usually held in the Village, the festival was moved to the Old Port of Montreal in the summer of 2012, a blow by Suzanne Girard, co-founder and CEO of the organization.

“Since we were on the dock of the Old Port, we ate all our financial reserves”, she had said in the” Fugues magazine. “The fact that it is a free outdoor event, it was never profitable.”

For an in-depth article:

The Day Divers/Cité Died

Facebook Will Now Let You Fill In Whatever Gender You Want

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Facebook’s official “Diversity” account announced another sweeping change to the gender selection on users’ profiles. Starting today, users of Facebook’s English sites can type pretty much whatever they want into a custom box.

“We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way,” the unnamed Diversity account holder said.

This change follows in the footsteps of Facebook’s decision last year to expand its gender options, which were previously limited to male, female, or no response. Just like the last update, users must type their preferred gender descriptor after choosing “other,” and Facebook will suggest terms from its prior list like “androgynous” and “gender fluid.” However, if users want to type in their own descriptor, they can now do so—and then choose whether that descriptor is shown publicly, to friends, or privately. Users can also still choose a preferred pronoun: him, her, or they/them.

Previously, on Adventures of a HeadMistress:
Facebook Adds Numerous New Gender Choices For Profiles

For more details:

CTV News – Fill In Your Own FB Gender

Ars Technica – Facebook Offering Choice of Gender

Time – Facebook Gender

Retired Dominatrix Considering Outing Canadian Politicians

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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

Situation Update – Facebook backtracks on it’s “Real Name” policy

An important update on the Facebook “Real Names” Policy

“Facebook has apologized to the LGBT community for attempting to force them to use their “real” names on the social media service – a newly enforced policy that has caused uproar in the past few weeks.”

“The world’s largest social network has heard from people such as drag queens and kings, transgender people, musicians, and friends and family of those affected. They objected to the company’s move to take away their choice over what name to use on their accounts.”

Read the full National Post article: Facebook apologizes to the LGBT community

Celebrate the 15th Annual Bisexuality Day

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Since it’s inception in 1999, this day is a call for bisexual people and their families, friends and supporters to recognize and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and the bisexual people in their lives.

This celebration of bisexuality in particular, as opposed to general LGBT events, was conceived as a response to the prejudice and marginalization of the bisexual persons by some in both the straight and greater LGBT communities.

Wikipedia: Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Article: Retired Dominatrix escorted out of Canadian Senate meeting

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Retired dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford was escorted by security out of a Senate committee meeting after refusing to heed the chair’s warning that her allotted speaking time had run out — but not before threatening to make politicians “forget about Mike Duffy.

The woman who won a Supreme Court challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws told committee members that the government’s proposal to criminalize buyers of sex would “make Canada the laughingstock of the world.

Read the full article:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/terri-jean-bedford-kicked-out-of-prostitution-bill-hearing-1.2761325