I had thought about deleting this site because I haven’t been active here much this year, and not many people are interested in contributing articles here.
Part of my reason for not writing here is that LGBTQ issues are all but settled in Canada, with a trans rights bill now before the Senate. Same-sex marriage has long been a fait accompli here. And now trans people in most provinces can have name and gender marker changes without having to jump through bureaucratic hoops and have sexual reassignment surgery.
Indeed, LGBTQ people have equal rights in Canada, with only that federal trans bill outstanding and perhaps a few other loose odds and ends to be dealt with.
It doesn’t mean there is no discrimination in Canada. On personal levels, I think every LGBTQ person can talk about discrimination they have encountered.
But overall, Canada has come a long way, and there isn’t a lot of Canadian LGBTQ news and activism to report on.
On the other hand, the mandate of this blog was a global mission, to not rest until every LGBTQ person in the world has equal civil rights — and I confess I have been lulled into complacency by the comfortable situation in Canada.
Today, as I contemplated hitting the delete button here, I remembered what may be in store for our LGBTQ friends in the United States in 2017 as a Republican administration run by Donald Trump takes over from the LGBTQ-friendly Barack Obama and his crew.
And I realized that we may have to do a lot of writing in this blog next year, in support of our LGBTQ sisters and brothers in the United States.
So, the blog will continue, and I will speak up at times, and I encourage others to do so when necessary, either in their own forums or here, as guest writers.
In the meantime, I wish you all a Happy New Year!
— Jillian Page