March 2014, Volume 208
Manitoba has proven itself one of the most progressive places in the world when it comes to GLBTQ* rights. We have a bill that protects students from bullying, emphasizing the freedom to have Gay-Straight Alliance groups in all schools, including public faith-based institutions. Only a handful of provinces have laws like this in place, and ours is arguably the strongest. This follows nearly ten years after Manitoba was one of the first to legalize same-sex marriage in our country. But although it’s 2014 and our home is at the forefront of equality, there will always be people who treat you differently for being out in our world.
EXPLORING GLBTQ* CONTENT IN THE CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Since the announcement of its construction in the heart of Winnipeg, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has had a lot of media attention, as well as its fair share of controversy. There have been allegations that the content and tone of the museum’s galleries have been influenced by the Conservative government. No doubt more than a few Canadians will be wondering what awaits them.
HOW COPS AND THE GLBTQ* COMMUNITY INTERACT
Complaints of contentious relations between police and queer people have been around for a long time. From bar raids to homophobic beatings, the way some police officers have been alleged to conduct themselves in queer communities leaves much to be desired. Now, the Province of Ontario is trying to curb future complaints by releasing a guide to working with the GLBTQ* community. How do other provinces measure up?
Edgy women’s festival • Nigerian president’s visit cancelled • Moving for freedom • Canada’s culture of casual homophobia
International organization at odds with Nigeria • Fighting for marriage equality • Jean-Claude Roger Mbede death • Come for the party, stay for the HIV test
ACROSS THE GENDER SPECTRUM
Gender is extremely complex. It’s a mix between our physical attributes, inner sense of self and outer expression. It doesn’t always mirror the sex you were assigned at birth, nor does it always fall within the male or female binary. Gender is a spectrum with an array of shades. Along with male or female, one might identify as both or neither. And the proper term for an individual’s identity is subjective to that person.
WATERING HOLES - EVERY CITY HAS ITS GAY
We often wonder if life is better elsewhere, or how Winnipeg compares to other cities, especially at the tail end of a brutal winter. This month, we find winter comfort in drinking establishments in Winnipeg; St. John, New Brunswick; and Zurich, Switzerland. These are but a few examples of the variety of spots out there serving as examples that every city has its gays, trying to live socially active and interesting lives.
SPIRITUALITY: THE GROUP EXPANDS
Upon entering the coffee shop, Robert buys a coffee and spots the now-three amigos. He greets Danny and Tom and their mutual friend Jan.
TECH COLUMN: THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONSOLE GAMES
This past holiday season saw the release of the latest generation of gaming consoles: Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s Playstation 4 (PS4). They were released with much fanfare, although with few tailor-made games. More so than in past generations, the release of these systems has sparked discussion about the future of gaming technology and the value of the new systems.
INDIGENOUS ZINE EXPLORES SEXUAL HEALTH
The publication kimiwan ‘zine, a mini magazine for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people around the world, is coming to Winnipeg.
PRIDE FEST PLAN REVEALED
The folks who plan the 2014 Pride Winnipeg Festival have laid out an ambitious agenda for this year and are already working on more offerings for future years.
THE WAG TAKES ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
A new exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is shining a spotlight on an issue many would find uncomfortable, but that we must face as a society: violence against women.
DOCTORS AND THE GLBTQ* COMMUNITY
The word “universal” in Canada’s health care plan rings hollow when we hear horror stories about GLBTQ* people who have bad experiences with doctors. Some GLBTQ* people receive inadequate medical care or are turned away because of doctors’ ignorance and assumptions — something Jeremy Barbosa knows all too well.
FASHION: IT'S BLACK, IT'S WHITE
Regardless of whether you choose to see the world in 50 shades of grey or through rose-coloured sunglasses, this spring when heading to the dressing room, be sure to take with you the bold of black and white. Strong, stark and contrasting, bold B&W graphic prints bring with them a strength and coolness that sit surprisingly well amidst the predictable soft pastel and floral palette of seasons past. Pair up these yin-yang colours for a modern, clean look that commands the room and is saturated with style.