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The gender bias

“Passing” refers to the notion that you cannot tell somebody is trans* by simply looking at them. I have always found this concept to be deeply problematic, which is the idea that you are...
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We all have closets, not only queer ones

For this week’s column, I wanted to share a perspective from Ash Beckham, a lesbian and LGBT*Q advocate. Beckham says the experience of being in and coming out of a closet is universal to every...
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Words do hurt

I am both ecstatic and anxious about going to Edmonton’s Pride for the second time. Although it has always provided a space for sexual diversity, there are still some concerns about the lack of...
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Two moms were the better choice

Rachel and Heidi McFarland were in the process of starting a family with their baby, Gabriel. But the 16-year-old birth mother changed her mind shortly before the final adoption papers were signed. S...
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Leaving the safety of the closet

I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook when I came across a post by a Las Vegas mother named Jodie Gholson Oliver, where she announced on March 27 that her son, Jes, is transgender. I was moved ...

There is no normal

On the last day of Pride Week at the University of Alberta, I had the privilege to listen and learn from Laverne Cox. She is well known for her role as Sophia Burset, a transgender woman on the Netfl...

Celebrating the human rainbow

I am filled with excitement as the second year of Pride Week at the University of Alberta is quickly approaching. What exactly does pride mean to me? As I mentioned in my first column, I identify as ...