The LGBTQ+ experience in Canada

From the court battles of the past to the growing awareness of gender identity issues today, the stories in this collection highlight some of the challenges and realities within LGBTQ+ communities in Canada today.

  • 2017
  • 13-14
  • 15 Titles

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The Fifth Estate Becoming Ayden

Changing sex. Not simple, not well understood, not consistently regulated, but here to stay and getting complicated. The Fifth Estate follows 17-year-old Adina Scheim from Toronto, who is becoming a boy named Ayden. Ayden is willing to go to great lengths to alter her female body to correspond with her male self-image. And Ayden is not alone. One Canadian clinic ...
  • 2004
  • 00:40:27
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

News in Review - September 2003 Canada Debates Same-Sex Marriages

In June 2003 an unprecedented court decision made same-sex marriages legal in Canada. For some, this development was an inevitable step in the evolution of human rights. But for others, the decision failed to acknowledge the institution of marriage’s critical role in society and its religious significance. News in Review takes a look at the controversy.
  • 2003
  • 00:13:52
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/15/2003

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The National Canada's LGBT seniors fear discrimination in elder care

Many of Canada's LGBT seniors fear discrimination in elder care, believing they'll have to once again hide their pride to avoid prejudice.
  • 2018
  • 00:07:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/11/2018

Ideas Desire Denied

A new kind of human rights struggle is now being waged - by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people all over the developing world. They're fighting gay-free zones in Ukraine, life in prison for homosexuals in Uganda, and "curative rape" for lesbians in South Africa. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell explores how they're creating a new era of rainbow geopolitics.
  • 2014
  • 00:53:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/05/2014

CBC Short Docs Genderize

In 2012, transgender filmmaker Chase Joynt sat down with Benton (age 12), Madeleine (10) and Dexter (6) to talk about gender, puberty, school and parents. Four years later, he revisits the kids to see what’s changed — but not before the kids flip the camera on the adults to ask some questions of their own. The result is a poignant, ...
  • 2016
  • 00:13:12
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/20/2017

As It Happens Homophone Blogger Fired

If you know the difference between the words "homophobe" and "homophone," you're well ahead of one American English language school administrator who fired an employee last week for allegedly promoting "some kind of gay agenda" through a blog post about grammar. Timothy Torkildson was let go from his position as a social media specialist at the Nomen Global Language Center ...
  • 2014
  • 00:06:07
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

Canada: A People's History New Times, New Ways (Part 1 of 2)

In the first of two new episodes of Canada: A People’s History, the country undergoes a seismic change. Old values are challenged and Canada charts a different future. Part 1 covers events from the last decade of the 20th century. Gays and lesbians achieve equality; Indigenous people seek redress over past abuse; the country once again stands on the brink of ...
  • 2017
  • 00:43:48
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/06/2017

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The Early Edition Pride and Prejudice: Cultural Barriers to Coming Out

Coming out can be difficult for anyone, but when your culture lacks an awareness or understanding of LGBTQ issues, it can be especially challenging. As part of its Pride and Prejudice series, The Early Edition talks with Shona, a young gay woman with a South Asian background, and Andrew, a young Chinese-Canadian transgender man, about their experiences coming out in their families and respective ...
  • 2014
  • 00:12:49
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/08/2014