Two famous country singers have come out of the closet.
Ty Herndon, 51, was the first to do so, inspiring 26-year-old Billy Gilman to follow suit.
The twice-married Herndon decided to speak about his sexual orientation to People magazine to help younger gay men.
"I am an out, proud, and happy gay man," Herndon declared.
Gilman then released a video explaining his decision.
Country music appeals to many conservatives who are not known for their support for the LGBT community.
In Vancouver, members of the trans community and their allies will gather tonight at the Carnegie Community Centre (401 Main Street), starting at 7 p.m. Short documentaries will be screened, there'll be an open mic and speakers, and a candlelight vigil will be held at this event organized by the Vancouver Transgender Day of Remembrance Society.
Toronto-based comedian Elvira Kurt has added her voice to the ever-growing chorus rallying against (and also cutting ties with) former Q radio host Jian Ghomeshi.
Kurt hosts the game show Spin Off, starred on the Comedy Network's PopCultured with Elvira Kurt, was a CTV etalk Daily correspondent, and was a weekly guest on Q who presented a segment called—believe it or not—Cultural Hall of Shame. (Looks like Ghomeshi himself could now be featured on that. Allegedly.)
It's virtually impossible to get away from Jian Ghomeshi right now.
Whether it's social media, news headlines, or water cooler talk, his name is everywhere. But it's not just about him but broader issues, particularly violence against women.
Even comedian Margaret Cho and her opening act Selene Luna weighed in on the subject when they performed at the River Rock Theatre in Richmond on November 1.
Luna recalled how she once had a sexual experience with a guy who began to put his hands around her neck.
Needless to say, she knew everyone was thinking it was about Ghomeshi. She said she wished it was, as it would've helped her career.
When Cho hit the stage, she started off the top with a rant about violence against women.
Would it make any difference to you if the computer, phone, or music player you're using was made by a company headed up by a gay person?
While a wave of professional athletes made headlines over the past year when they came out of the closet as gay, and Hollywood stars have been increasingly doing so for some time, another glass closet has remained somewhat under-the-radar.
Gay CEOs of the largest companies in North America have remained invisible while many workers who are LGBT also still remain closeted at work for various reasons.
Straight white males, do you feel frustrated because the media is no longer catering exclusively to you? Do you get a big sad whenever you are reminded of your privilege?
Comedian Peter Coffin has the solution for you: Brozac!
"Brozac works by blocking the brain's social justice receptors," according to the video. "This restores you to the clearer, happier state of total narcissism you once felt comfortable and safe in."
Check out the video below.
Find more videos from Coffin on YouTube.
What do you think would happen when a homophobe hugs a gay person for the first time in his or her life?
Well, you'll see in the following video, an experiment by the Gay Women Channel. It's from a few months ago but it's still very relevant, even here in Canada where gay rights may exist but so do homophobes, some behind veneers of political correctness.
Anyhow, if you're in need of cheering up, this should put a smile on your face. And make you want to go hug a gay person.
Gay history is complicated by the fact that so much was conducted in secrecy, was ignored, or was even intentionally destroyed. Much has been lost or erased. Urban gay history which concentrated in nightclubs and restaurants also tends to disappears as venues vanish and development destroys neighbourhood focal points.
When it comes to media, we may now have numerous TV shows with LGBT characters and even an entire Canadian TV network devoted to LGBT programming (OUTtv). But what came before all of that?
You might not be aware that the first Canadian TV series made by and for LGBT people was produced right here in Vancouver.
Gayblevision, which ran from 1980 to 1986, was the nation's first gay and lesbian cable-access show on West End Cable 10.
How do City of North Vancouver residents feel about one of their mayoral candidates writing the following bigoted sentences?
Bill, to the extent that you are able, and bearing in mind that I would never tell that misserable little prick what a perm-headed fagot I truly believe him to be, tell him to fuck himself in the most polite terms you can find.
You might remind him that since he embarked on my character assassination at trial last week, I feel little inclination to soften the blow to the gay little pud-knockers feelings and more like telling him the way all I know see him to be.
Who knew cereal could be so political?
We've been witnessing a wave of TV commercials featuring parents that haven't traditionally been given much visual representation in popular culture or advertisements.
The latest example is from Cheerios Canada. The touching ad features two Québécois dads, André and Jonathan, who tell their story about adopting their daughter Raphaëlle, who is of African descent.
While an ad like this shouldn't be a controversial subject in Canada in 2014, it does remain a potentially risky subject for companies to address.