2017 may not be so quiet here

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


3 thoughts on “2017 may not be so quiet here”

  1. North Carolina (USA) was thought to be a “bright spot” in the disaster that was our election last year, BUT we have seen that our new, trans-friendly governor cannot really undo the damage that his predecessor gleefully did to us and our state. It’s very much a battleground, AND with HB2 *still* on the books, similar atrocities are being proposed all over the USA.

    Many trans folks here are lowering their profile, but *this* trans woman is not going into hiding: while I had already been quite open about my status, I have laid my “passing privilege” aside by wearing things that make it clear I am part of the trans community.

    On top of all that, we are experiencing a widening and deepening shortage of injectable estradiol that is wrecking havoc with many trans women’s HRT.

    Anyway as good as activism and legal remedies have been for the us her in the States, we now need to focus on Visibility & Relationships because *these* our necessary for society to actually come to value us (and thus provide some permanence to the gains activism & legal reforms can make).

    Jillian? I’ve a personal piece your readers might like if you’ll consider it.

    Blessings & Joy!!


  2. Don’t be so sure about things being “quiet” on the LGBTQ front in Canada. While perhaps the rights issues might seem to be resolved, I think it is folly to assume that the forces who have fought those same rights are going to go “quietly into the night”.

    In Ontario, Patrick Brown’s PC party has a significant SoCon component that has just flexed its muscles to hand a by-election nomination to an 18 year old who is easily pliable to their will. In Alberta, we have Jason Kenney running about trying to “unite the right” – and he may well succeed. In each case, we can expect the next elections in both Ontario and Alberta (and no doubt other parts of Canada) to be hard fought. While a PC government in Ontario, or whatever frankenparty Kenney spawns in Alberta may not be able to avoid the rights legislation currently before Parliament, there is a lot they can do to undermine the safety and lives of LGBTQ Canadians in their respective provinces. Whether that is by defunding access to surgery for Trans people, or throwing arbitrary procedural roadblocks in the way of access to marriage licenses, there is a long road ahead of us.

    Both Alberta and Ontario are currently working on major revisions to school curricula and that includes comprehensive sex ed. The opponents of LGBTQ rights are fighting this as well, and their fight very much revolves around the basic issues of LGBTQ inclusion. Perhaps most distressing, they are working very hard to twist the literature related to transition for youth – arguing that providing transition support to young trans people is actually harmful to them.

    C-16 is very much a ray of sunshine for trans Canadians, but by no means can we assume that the “work” is done here. Just as I fear for our brethren in the United States as the Trump administration takes over, we cannot ignore the likelihood of that same contagion visiting us in Canada either.


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