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
  • 19 Titles

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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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  • Canada: A People's History – New Times, New Ways Teacher Guide

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

CBC News The First Gay March

They called it "Gay Day." 100 protesters gathered in Ottawa in August 1971 for the first large-scale public protest for gay rights in Canada. Speakers addressed the fact that amendments to the criminal code in 1969 legalized their sexual relations but did little to alleviate the oppression of the gay community in everyday life. This protest came on the heels ...
  • 1971
  • 00:01:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/29/2018

News in Review - February 2001 The Supreme Court Rules on Censorship

Focusing on the Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium victory, this story looks at the long-term social and cultural implications of the Supreme Court's decision in which it redefined the process involved in cases involving alleged obscenity. The report also examines the practices of Canada Customs in preventing this particular business, specializing in gay and lesbian books, magazines and videos, ...
  • 2001
  • 00:12:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/2001

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  • The Supreme Court Rules on Censorship

Doc Zone Transforming Gender Classroom Favourites

The era of transgender enfranchisement is upon us. Through personal stories we pull back the curtain on what it means to be – fundamentally and in your deepest core – in conflict with the gender you were assigned at birth.
  • 2015
  • 00:44:05
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/09/2016

The National Transsexual Journey

They're women trapped in men's bodies or men locked within a women's body. In this documentary, three men and one woman tell us about their lives, their choices and the consequences of those choices. This fascinating documentary provides a respectful insight into the lives of transexuals, a world unfamiliar to most of us and at odds with so many of ...
  • 2000
  • 00:43:12
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Trudeau's Historic Apology to LGBT Communities

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a historic apology to members of the LGBT community. It's for actions the Canadian government took against them, simply because they were gay. As part of the mea culpa, Ottawa has introduced legislation to clear the criminal records of those convicted of consensual same-sex activity.
  • 2017
  • 00:08:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/30/2017