Tag Archives: acceptance

Music Video of the Day: All About That Bass

A light-hearted but pointed commentary about body size and acceptance in today’s culture…

Transgender Beauty Jenna Talackova on Pushing Boundaries


When Jenna Talackova was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada for being born male, her story made headlines all over the world. But since successfully fighting the rules to re-enter the competition, the 25-year-old has pushed even farther to pursue a career in modelling and acting.

Her journey to follow through on her ambitions, without being pigeonholed, has been documented in a new E! series that premieres this Sunday: “Brave New Girls”. Talackova discusses the media firestorm than surrounded her in 2012, why she doesn’t want her transgender identity to be seen as a gimmick, and why she’s decided to share her story, on different terms, today.

I love telling my story to people as long as they approach me in a respectful manner,” she said. ‘I had no role models who were transgender, and I want to be that kind of girl.

For more, listen to the CBC Radio podcast.

September 23rd – Celebrate Bisexuality Day


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

Dustin Hoffman on Tootsie and Gender Expectations

A brief but incredibly touching commentary by Dustin Hoffman on gender expectations and how they can affect us, and those around us. Definitely worth the 3 minutes it takes to watch it.

I love how emotional he gets about this topic at the end of the video…

Celebrating 10 Years of Same-Sex Marriage in Canada!

Michael Stark, left, and Michael Leshner kiss after their marriage in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto on Tuesday, June 10, 2003.

Michael Stark, left, and Michael Leshner kiss after their marriage in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto on Tuesday, June 10, 2003.

“Monday June 10th 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of Canada’s first same-sex marriage. Aren’t we all relieved, as some then predicted, that the sky didn’t fall, God didn’t smite our great nation and that heterosexual marriage didn’t lose any of its lustre.”

“Toronto couple Michael Stark and Michael Leshner, who got hitched on June 10, 2003, are still married. In fact, they are 32 years into a committed relationship that should put the “traditional” marriage of many straight couples, including more than a few Bible-thumping evangelical pastors, to shame.”

Same-Sex Marriage Has Made Canada A Better Country

Article: Sun Media features 1st transsexual Sunshine Girl

“We’ve come a long way, baby — even if they don’t always notice. On May 10, Amelia Maltepe made the pages of the Sun Media papers as the Sunshine Girl — the daily piece of female eye-candy on page 3 — and ended up being a big first for the paper, even if its staffers weren’t aware.

Maltepe is the paper’s first known transsexual Sunshine Girl. “They didn’t ask me, I didn’t tell,” Maltepe tells Xtra. And, according to the Sun’s editor, they certainly don’t mind.”

For the full article:

Sun Media’s 1st Transsexual Sunshine Girl

Original Sunshine Girl page

Transgender & Women Running for Office in Pakistan

Pakistani Transgender Candidate

Significant changes are coming about in the world…

“Next month, Pakistan will hold its first election in five years. And just by running, some candidates will be making history. Two female candidates are contesting the election in extremely conservative areas where women have never run for office. And for the first time, transgender people are running as candidates in various parts of the country.”

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