Articles tagged with: homophobia

One Day This Kid Will Get Larger - Updated March 21, 2011

published: March, 21, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Michael Burtch offers two visions of growing up in a hostile society

  No words from Michael today.  His message is in the two stark images which follow . . . .  Images by David Wojnarowicz and Conrad respectively, the work of ‘Velvet Rage’ author Alan Downs distilled.  

Two for the Gleeks

published: March, 18, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

On Glee, Kurt and Blaine kissed this week – and people are reacting!

Two for the Gleeks

We’ve said before that some story-lines in Glee rival the reach and impact of the It Gets Better campaign, or perhaps exceed it, in addressing homophobia in school settings. This week there occurred a significant and much anticipated event - Kurt and Blaine’s first kiss. Which should really be no big deal except this is prime time TV and - well, you just don’t see guys kiss much on prime time TV. Was it a culturally significant moment, one looked back on as a defining moment in

True Confessions

published: February, 18, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says "Father forgive me for I know not what I do: I bought the iPhone Confessions app this week – and I feel dirty."

True Confessions

It cost me $1.99, and it’s a rip, but in the interests of research, I needed to see for myself what happens when iPhone technology and bad religion collide. Now I’m not sure where the money goes – hopefully NOT to the Catholic Church - but I’m regretting it already. I just couldn’t resist the description of this app,though, full title: Confession - A Roman Catholic app.  Here’s what the app descriptions says (and I'm not making this up): “Designed to be used in the confessio

Homo for the holidays: have yourself a homophobic little Christmas

published: December, 17, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy puts down his egg nog to examine two cases of happily homophobic greetings coming his way this holiday season

Homo for the holidays: have yourself a homophobic little Christmas

From Halifax this week came the news that radio station Q104 had run afoul of local gay rights activists with an ad which said  “we’ll deck the halls, but we draw the line at gay apparel”. The station’s management consented to alter the in-house radio ad after the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project issued a news release and set up a Facebook page about it. The action group called the promo ad homophobic. For its part, the radio station said it didn’t mean to offend or

GLEE – and why KURT and his first gay kiss are important

published: December, 05, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which the always gleeful Bob Leahy takes note of something that looks a lot like history being made, every Tuesday at 9pm, on Fox, no less.

GLEE – and why KURT and his first gay kiss are important

I’ve written about Glee before and in particular how its anti-bullying plot line blows that tiresome It Gets Better campaign out of the water. Glee wins, at least in my book, because it delivers a fierce, relevant and better targeted message, one that does not include doing nothing and one that is sustained.   While the purple shirters have put away their purple shirts and the It Gets Better YouTubes languish in the dark, Glee hammers home at the anti-bullying plot week after week.

A BLESSED PIZZA DAY

We need to break and expose all acts of homophobia. I had another such drama at a Caribbean take-out food outlet on Queen St West Friday morning, Oct 1, 2010

We need to break and expose all acts of homophobia. I had another such drama at a Caribbean take-out food outlet on Queen St West Friday morning, Oct 1, 2010. The nerve of them on a liberal and open minded street as Queen West. They deserve to be boycotted. Time to be militant when faced with such acts of homophobia. There are too many negative consequences of homophobia happening now that are being left un-addressed, the significant increase in teenage bullying of gay young men resulting in s

102.1 the Edge (CFNY) Justin Beiber's gay - homophobic bullying continues

published: October, 21, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Opinion Pieces, Brian Finch

A Toronto radio show (CFNY) just got into trouble for calling Justin Beiber gay on the radio.

A Toronto radio show  (CFNY) just got into trouble for calling Justin Beiber gay on the radio. My first thought was, “Did they not learn a thing about these recent suicides?”  Justin, whether I like him or not (not) calling him gay was only meant to be a negative remark, once again reinforcing all the past prior messages one gets about how horrible we are. Ok, saying someone is gay is not bullying or what have you, but it's the thin edge of the wedge. I really hope things change

October 20th - Purple Day: a public display of support for gay teens

published: October, 18, 2010 Categories // Events, Events

There has been much discussion in the media about the recent gay teen suicides..

The groundswell of discussion and support on the subject of bullying (something that should be called what it is, ABUSE, and the perpetrator, an ABUSER. There is no bullying here. Maybe, just maybe some of these messages can reach those who are not involved in the issues as these are the people that need to hear the message. Public Service Announcements targeting an already supportive audience doesn't do much other than make us feel good. What needs to be done is to change our societal mores w

Is it better?

published: October, 12, 2010 Categories // Sex and Sexuality

Offering only a bandage, the campaign fails to hold others accountable, silences youth, and doesn’t offer any adequate solutions. Look at what it’s telling our youth in crisis.

In the wake of the suicides of Tyler Clementi, Raymond Chase, Seth Walsh , Justin Aaberg, Asher Brown, and Billy Lucas, white, male, hiv-negative, privileged Dan Savage has given North American the viral hit ‘It Gets Better’ Campaign to address queer bullying in schools. Offering only a bandage, the campaign fails to hold others accountable, silences youth, and doesn’t offer any adequate solutions. Look at what it’s telling our youth in crisis. It will get better once we don't subject

Young and Gay: Dan Savage vs. Glee’s Chris Colfer

published: October, 08, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at two media juggernauts, both addressing the issues of homophobia, bullying and teen suicides – and picks the winner. And it’s . . .

Young and Gay: Dan Savage vs. Glee’s Chris Colfer

  . . . Chris Colfer  aka Kurt.) You have to have been living under a rock, or far from internet-land, not to be aware of the Dan Savage “It gets better” campaign.  It’s designed to address the issue of gay teen suicides.  The  accompanying text goes something like this: “It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honour of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at their sc

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