Canada moves to ban conversion therapy

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lawmakers in Canada introduced a bill March 9 that would ban so-called conversion therapy in the country.

Attorney General David Lametti and Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger introduced the measure that would amend Canada’s Criminal Code. The proposed amendments would punish those who cause “a minor to undergo conversion therapy,” remove “a minor from Canada to undergo conversion therapy abroad,” cause “a person to undergo conversion therapy against their will,” profit “from providing conversion therapy” and advertise “an offer to provide conversion therapy.”

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Amazon revives Canadian sketch show ‘Kids in the Hall’

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Amazon is reviving the classic Canadian sketch comedy show, “Kids in the Hall,” for its streaming platform 

Bringing back the original five cast members and adding “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels, Amazon has ordered eight episodes for its service, Amazon Prime VideoA date hasn’t been set for its premier.  

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Canadian Olympic swimmer comes out in online essay

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ABOVE: Olympian Markus Thormeyer, photo via Instagram.

An Olympic athlete has come out as gay in an emotional online essay.

Canadian swimmer Markus Thormeyer, who competed in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay team in the 2016 Olympics, posted his coming out story on the website OutSports Wednesday, beginning his narrative by revealing that “the secret I was keeping” was “holding me back” when he began training with his team in Vancouver in 2015.

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Canadian PM Trudeau raises gay rights with Senegal leader

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) | Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised Senegal’s criminalization of homosexuality during his visit to the West African nation Feb. 12, but Senegal’s leader told journalists afterward that “we’re comfortable with our laws.”

The exchange between Trudeau and Senegalese President Macky Sall highlighted the impasse the United States, Canada and other Western nations have had in persuading Senegal and most African countries not to jail gays and lesbians.

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Justin Trudeau calls for conversion therapy ban in Canada

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ABOVE: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for a ban on so-called conversion therapy in his country.

Trudeau, in a letter sent to Attorney General David Lametti on Dec. 13, directed Lametti to work with Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Minister Bardish Chagger “to amend” Canada’s Criminal Code “to ban the practice of conversion therapy and take other steps required with the provinces and territories to end conversion therapy in Canada.”

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Canadian diplomats highlight country’s LGBTQ rights record

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Martin Loken, minister of political affairs at the Canadian Embassy in D.C. Photo courtesy of the Canadian Embassy in the U.S.

Two Canadian diplomats in the U.S. earlier this month highlighted their country’s efforts to promote LGBTQ rights.

“We are very much aligned in terms of strongly supporting the rights of LGBTQ persons, both at home and abroad,” said Martin Loken, minister of political affairs at the Canadian Embassy in D.C., on Nov. 14 during a reception that was part of the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual International LGBTQ Leaders Conference.

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Protest at Chick-fil-A opening in Canada over LGBTQ issues

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ABOVE: Protesters at Toronto’s Chick-fil-A Sept. 6. Photo via Meagan Fitzpatrick, Twitter.

TORONTO (AP) | Dozens of protesters crowded a downtown Toronto sidewalk Friday to voice their opposition to the opening of the first franchised Chick-fil-A restaurant in Canada over the chain owner’s record on LGBTQ issues.

The protesters said the company has funded anti-LGBTQ initiatives while company chairman and CEO Dan Cathy has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage.

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G7 countries to increase Global Fund contributions

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ABOVE: Germany and several other G-7 countries have pledged to increase their contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Germany, Italy and Canada have announced they will increase their contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, announced her country has pledged to increase its contribution to the Global Fund by €1 billion ($1.1 billion) — or 17.5 percent — over the next three years. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also announced his country will increase its contribution by €161 million ($178.9 million) — or 15 percent — during the same period.

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Japanese same-sex couples sue for equal marital rights

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TOKYO (AP) | Thirteen gay couples filed Japan’s first lawsuit challenging the country’s rejection of same-sex marriage Feb. 14, arguing the denial violates their constitutional right to equality.

Six couples holding banners saying “Marriage For All Japan” walked into Tokyo District Court to file their cases against the government, with similar cases filed by three couples in Osaka, one couple in Nagoya and three couples in Sapporo.

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Former landscaper pleads guilty to 8 murders in Canada

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TORONTO (AP) | A former landscaper accused of sexually assaulting, killing and dismembering men he met in Toronto’s Gay Village district over seven years pleaded guilty Jan. 29 to eight counts of first-degree murder.

Bruce McArthur, wearing a black sweater, stood up and softly said “guilty” as each charge was read.

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Alleged Canadian serial killer won’t stand trial until 2020

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TORONTO (AP) | A Canadian man facing murder charges in the deaths of eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay village won’t stand trial until January 2020.

Bruce McArthur said little in a brief court appearance Nov. 30 and avoided looking at the family members of his alleged victims.

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Case of Canadian serial killer to go directly to trial

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TORONTO (AP) | An alleged serial killer who faces trial in the deaths of eight men with ties to Toronto’s gay community has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

A judge has ordered Bruce McArthur to stand trial on eight counts of first-degree murder.

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