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Gay Rights in Israel?

Contrary to the image portrayed here in the media about how gay friendly israel is, here is an example of the DEPUTY MAYOR organizing a counter demonstration to a gay rights march.

He wanted to bring live donkeys to show the "bestial" nature of gay people, but was only allowed to bring cardboard cut-outs of donkeys.

Could you imagine a government official here organizing an anti gay rights march and getting away with it?

Perhaps now QAIA can ask Bnai Brith to explain what they meant when they said Israel respects gay rights. 

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New Version: On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Ok all you babblers,

I have heard from many people who read the original version of this piece. In response to all your thoughts, I significantly reworked it to include new ideas that people shared with me and to clarify the most important ways we need to build solidarity right now.

Given the ongoing need for unity as we continue to work to get our friends out of jail, get all the charges dropped, and build the movement from within, seems like a good time to post this new and updated version.


Toronto and Vancouver: On legitimate and illegitimate protest

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Israeli GLBT Politics between Queerness and Homonationalism

Debates about homonationalism seemed to be at the focal point of Pride 2010. International attention was lavished on two events in particular. In Germany, Judith Butler refused to accept the Berlin Pride Civil Courage Award, in protest of growing commercialism, complacency towards racism, and the exploitation of GLBT and queer people by war mongers. Across the ocean at Toronto Pride, activists tried and failed to censor the words “Israeli Apartheid” (and hence the group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid).

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On Legitimate and Illegitimate Protest

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass, 1857


This page grows out of dialogue with many community members between the Vancouver Olympics in February and the Toronto G8/G20 in June. It needs saying.

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Happy Pride Weekend, Torontonians!

Well, I'm really not in the mood to celebrate, and it hasn't felt like Pride week given the horrendous tragedy and trauma that Toronto experienced last week.


It's fucking Pride weekend and I'm going to try to have fun.

I made a joke on Facebook, trying to put a positive spin, that the water cannon and sound cannons from last weekend could be altered to be more fun and festive-like for the Pride march. That's the best I can do.

Happy Pride everyone.



Reclaiming Our Community Pride: pre-Trans March event and open invite

Jul 2, 2010
The Centre for Women and Trans People UT
North Borden Building rm. 100 563 Spadina Ave.
M5S 2J7 Toronto , ON
43° 39' 35.8488" N, 79° 24' 1.0368" W
Ontario CA
Trans Inclusion Group of The Centre for Women and Trans People hosts “Reclaiming Our Community Pride” before the 2010 Trans March. Join us for snacks, posters, music, and friends.

Pride and Remembrance Run

Jul 3, 2010
Church and Wellesley Toronto
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W
The Pride & Remembrance RUN is an annual 5K fundraising run/walk kicking off Pride Weekend.
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Canada-Israel Committee counters criticism of Israel with homophobic tweet

They removed it after they got complaints, but luckily, someone was on their toes and got a screen capture of a homophobic remark the Canada-Israel Committee posted about Libby Davies on Twitter.


Davies' goofy views must be denounced - Province ed reminds Libby mouthy lesbians aren't wanted in #Gaza

What morons.  And who does the Canada-Israel claim to represent on Twitter?


The CIC is the official rep of the organized Jewish community on matters re Canada-Israel relations.

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Changes in Ontario's sex education curriculum cause causes some britches to bunch

Are props due to McGuinty? I hate to do it, but this does sounds like a very positive move forward.

Premier Dalton McGuinty is defending the province's new sex education curriculum against accusations from "family values" groups that it exposes young children to inappropriate material.

Dr. Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, said Ontario's revamped sex education curriculum will teach 11-year-olds about oral and anal sex and eight-year-olds about sexual orientation and identity.

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City of Toronto threatens funding for Pride Toronto

As mentioned in this babble thread, Pride Toronto was considering a censorship policy to prohibit groups like Queers Against Israeli Apartheid from participating in the annual parade and dyke march.

Pride Toronto has since backed down due to community backlash, but a leaked letter now reveals that the policy emerged as a result of pressure from City Councillor Kyle Rae:

Free speech is to be encouraged, but free speech of this nature is not in keeping with the expression of Pride. (link)

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Beyond Its Elementary: Talking About Gender and Sexual Orientation in Elementary Schools: Toronto: April 8


The Mark S. Bonham, Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto in conjunction with Centre for Urban Schooling, OISE, Toronto District School Board, Equitable and Inclusive Schools

Presents: Beyond Its Elementary: Talking About Gender and Sexual Orientation in Elementary Schools

A panel of educators, parents and researchers discuss how to talk about gender, sex and sexual orientation with children in schools
A resource fair will follow with materials for parents and educators

Date: Thursday, April 8
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Place: OISE Library, 252 Bloor Street West

Please RSVP:


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The Hot Wholistic Health Fest for LGBTQ Women's Sexual Health: Toronto: Sunday March 28


"Check It Out: Queer Women Need Paps Too!" presents...

The Hot Wholistic Health Fest:

A Well-ebration of LGBTQ Women's Sexual Health

Calling all lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and other women who have sex with women, including transgender and transsexual women: Caring for our sexual health should be fun, sexy and holistic! Join us for a FREE day of sexual health workshops and a sexual health fair for LGBTQ women to learn about and celebrate our bodies.


Sunday March 28, 2010

Sherbourne Health Centre

333 Sherbourne Street, Toronto

11:00pm - 6:00pm


*** Registration required ***

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Disappointed with Babble

Do we not have a forum for LGBTI people? Well hey, here it is. Yet so far we've had two, a grand total of two, trans-gendered people and not one protected space. Not one!


So, why exactly add Trans people in if some people here a) don't get it and don't want to get it and b) are not criticized enough for their disgusting behaviour? and c) get away with tearing down a person's IDENTITY!!!

Is this what any other trans person can expect from Babble? I'd love to know, because despite the moderating maysie did in the two threads started by trans people, we still ended up isolating, silencing and not allowing for a SAFE SPACE!

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Hello all.

I have lurked on and off for years at this site, but finally registered an account today because I have something to say.  Please listen to me.

I am trans.  I also have something called Klinefelter Syndrome: that is, I have forty-seven chromosomes instead of forty-six.  I have three sex chromosomes: XXY.  This is actually a not uncommon event; it has the same stastical likelyhood as Down Syndrome because the mechanism is the same, just acting on a different chromosome.

People with KS are raised as boys, and the majority are happy that way.  A significant fraction of us, however, are not.  I am one of them.


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