Health Initiative for Men has continued to make STI–testing more accessible for men (who have sex with men) in Metro Vancouver.

After opening health clinics on Commercial Drive and in New Westminster (in addition to their Davie Street clinic), HIM has opened a fourth clinic in Surrey.

The clinic, a partnership with Fraser Health, is located in the Surrey Health Centre (220–10362 King George Highway, Surrey) which is a few blocks away from the Surrey Central Skytrain station. It's open on Wednesdays (4:30 to 9 p.m.) and Fridays (3 to 8 p.m.).

In the wake of the Sochi Olympics, the International Olympic Committee has voted to include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination principle.

At the 127th session of the IOC in Monaco, the IOC unveiled their Olympic Agenda 2020 on December 8.

Recommendation 14, "Strengthen the 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism", states that the IOC will "include non-discrimination on sexual orientation in the 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism".

IOC members voted unanimously to approve the principle to now read:

If you've ever questioned the need to have antihomophobia policies in schools, sports leagues, and the like, you're the perfect candidate for watching this video.

Ever since a video was posted online of a woman walking through the streets of New York City to capture the verbal harassment she experiences, numerous variations have also been created.

The following version illustrates what some gay people experience when they're simply walking down the street.

YouTuber Dennis Cee dressed in stereotypical gay fashions and walked along various streets of NYC without speaking or initiating any contact.

Dear homophobes: here's even more proof that accepting gay men can have a gleeful effect on society.

While the rest of North America is out killing each other in the free-for-all rampage otherwise known as Black Friday, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles sent out a video of them on the L.A. Metro bringing seasonal good cheer to transit passengers.

They reminded riders what the season is really all about: not consumerist kamikaze missions but donning our gay apparel.

(Check out the woman in white getting into it with her shoulders. Followed by the children who look shellshocked.)

How's that for a little bit of uplifting gaiety in our humdrum everyday lives?

Same-sex marriage has been legalized in all Nordic countries.

Finland is the last Nordic country to approve the legalization of same-sex marriage (joining Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) and is the twelfth European state to do so.

On Friday (November 28), Finnish parliament voted 105 in favour to 92 opposed—a narrow victory for the equality movement, following a public petition that gathered 167,000 signatures.

Since 2002, Finnish same-sex couples have been able to enter registered partnerships. They will now be able to have the same legal rights as opposite-sex couples, including adopting children and sharing a surname.

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.

Today (November 20) is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It's a day to "memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice", according to the main TDoR website.

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.

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