More remains found near home used by Canadian serial killer

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) | More human remains have been discovered in the Toronto ravine behind a home that alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business.

Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga told reporters July 5 that the remains were found with the help of K-9 units and have been sent to forensic authorities.

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Canada apologizes to victims of anti-LGBT government laws, policies

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday apologized to those who suffered persecution and discrimination under the country’s anti-LGBT laws and policies.

Trudeau — who spoke in the Canadian House of Commons — formally apologized to Canadians who were convicted of “gross indecency” before the country decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual relations in 1969. He also announced the introduction of a bill that would expunge the criminal records of those who were prosecuted under the law.

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Justin Trudeau to formally apologize for ‘gross indecency’ convictions

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday announced his government will formally apologize to those who were convicted of “gross indecency” before the country decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual relations.

He wrote on his Facebook page that his government on Nov. 28 “will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House (of Commons) — for the persecution & injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on the path to equality & inclusion.” The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported Trudeau will also formally apologize to Canadians who were fired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the country’s military and civil service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Canadian group resettles LGBT refugees from Chechnya

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ABOVE: Rainbow Railroad Executive Director Kimahli Powell. His organization has resettled nearly 50 LGBT Chechens. (Photo courtesy of Kimahli Powell)

Kimahli Powell hopes that with international eyes on the crisis of LGBT people fleeing Chechnya, a light can be shed on the plight of LGBT refugees around the world.

Powell is the executive director of Rainbow Railroad, an organization based in Canada that works to help “LGBT people who have faced physical violence or face an imminent threat of violence, imprisonment or death” find safety.

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Chelsea Manning says she was denied entry to Canada

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Chelsea Manning said Sept. 25 she was denied entry into Canada because of her criminal record in the United States.

Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of classified documents. She was released after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence, which was commuted by President Barack Obama in his final days in office.

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Tillerson raises anti-gay Chechnya crackdown with Russian counterpart

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The State Department on Tuesday confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed concern about the ongoing anti-gay crackdown in Chechnya with his Russian counterpart.

The Washington Post in a Sept. 1 article about a transgender Chechen woman who has received asylum in the U.S. noted Tillerson wrote a letter to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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Dutch court clears cyberbully’s extradition to Canada

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The Dutch Supreme Court approved the extradition to Canada of a convicted cyberbully April 4 who faces charges in the case of a Canadian teen who killed herself after being bullied online.

It was not immediately clear when the suspect, identified by Dutch authorities as Aydin C., would be sent to Canada following the court’s decision to reject his appeal against a lower court’s approval of his extradition. His extradition must be approved by the Dutch security and justice minister.

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Dutch man sentenced to 11 years for cyberbullying young girls, gay men

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A man wanted in Canada for alleged involvement in online abuse was sentenced Thursday to nearly 11 years in prison by a Dutch court for cyberbullying dozens of young girls and gay men.

The court March 16 convicted the 38-year-old man, identified only as Aydin C., for fraud and blackmail via the internet, according to a statement from the Dutch legal authorities.

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Gay director Xavier Dolan takes on family and death in latest film “It’s Only the End of the World”

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its-only-the-end-of-the-worldXavier Dolan is only 27 years old, but the French-Canadian actor/writer/director is making a name for himself in Hollywood.

Dolan has written and directed six feature films, he was also the director of Adele’s smash hit music video “Hello” and he is even the voice of Ron Weasley in the French dubbed versions of the Harry Potter films.

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Around the World: Election 2016 and Beyond: Where to Next?

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aaron drake around the world watermark lgbt gay travelAs the 2016 Election arrives (aka Armageddon), it’s more than just the United States of America that is bracing for our election results. It’s been a busy year of European travel for me—a year of many firsts with stops in London, Paris, Rome, Venice and Barcelona among the highlights—and of course I met many curious locals in each destination. The question on everyone’s lips is, “Is Donald Trump really running for President?” This is usually followed by a gasp or a chuckle. Sadly, there’s no good answer to this question.

It’s been the topic of conversation more than just about any other subject – even in London, where I was the morning the news of the Brexit vote rocked the European Union. Many there were more concerned with the potential of Trump running for president than the U.K. leaving the E.U.! Unfortunately, according to early polls and depending on your news source, at least half of America (or ‘Murica, if you will) isn’t as concerned. Though Trump has alienated women (already at least half of the population) and many minority populations, including LGBTs, he still has plenty of voters in his camp. (And I know the opponents will argue the same against that Nasty Woman. I can hear you over the ice pick I’m repeatedly jamming in my ears.)

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Canadian PM JustinTrudeau to issue apology for atrocities in the past against the LGBT community

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will apologize on behalf of all Canadians to anyone imprisoned, terminated from employment or otherwise persecuted in Canada in the past because of their sexuality, according to The Globe and Mail Aug. 11.

Government sources speaking with The Globe and Mail say Trudeau could issue the statement as early as this fall.

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Canada’s Anglican Church reverses decision, approves same-sex marriage

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Toronto (AP) – A day after the Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted not to authorize gay unions, questions about the integrity of the voting process emerged July 12, leading to a reversal of the result with the church approving the measure.

More than 200 delegates attending the six-day General Synod 2016 narrowly rejected the resolution July 11 night after hearing from more than 60 speakers, most of them in favor of gay marriage.

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