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Federal politicians speak out against bullying on Day of Pink

Some, like NDP MP Randall Garrison, explicitly called on the federal government to demand Russia investigate the situation (which Canada's foreign minister did in a...

Trudeau says government can do better for LGBT Syrian refugees

NDP MPs Jenny Kwan and Randall Garrison have criticized the Liberal government for not being able to quantify how many LGBT Syrians have made it...

Trudeau says government can do better for LGBT Syrian refugees

NDP MPs Jenny Kwan and Randall Garrison have criticized the Liberal government for not being able to quantify how many LGBT Syrians have made it...

Justin Trudeau promises to promote LGBT rights abroad

Under former foreign minister John Baird, the previous Conservative government won plaudits for its aggressive, outspoken stance on LGBT rights abroad. Trudeau, however, appears to...

Brent Hawkes: 'some complaints are not legitimate'

Numerous public figures have expressed their support for Hawkes, including former Ontario premier Bob Rae, former NDP MPs Olivia Chow and Craig Scott, Pride Toronto...

Conservatives drop outdated opposition to same-sex marriage

But, he acknowledges, the question of same-sex marriage still elicits a lot of emotion in the party. He notes several hundred delegates left the conference...

Tunisian gay activist denied visa to Canada

NDP MP Hélène Laverdière has asked McCallum to look into Ayari's file, as Quebec groups have told her they're interested in inviting him to future...

Tunisian gay activist denied visa to Canada

NDP MP Hélène Laverdière has asked McCallum to look into Ayari's file, as Quebec groups have told her they're interested in inviting him to future...

Mulcair's ouster removes a blight on NDP's LGBT record

The party cannot simply rely on its queer MPs to wave the flag for LGBT issues — unless, I suppose, Randall Garrison is elected leader...

No more details yet on Liberal promise for LGBT pardons

The NDP's LGBT issues critic says the government hasn't acted on its pledges to the community. MP Randall Garrison says Canadians want action, from a...

LGBTory makes progress with Conservatives on gay marriage

(blog) (blog)Lorenzen says his group has met with at least a dozen MPs who pledged support for the motion, including leadership candidate Maxime Bernier,...

LGBTory makes progress with Conservatives on gay marriage

(blog) (blog)Lorenzen says his group has met with at least a dozen MPs who pledged support for the motion, including leadership candidate Maxime Bernier,...

LGBTory makes progress with Conservatives on gay marriage

Lorenzen says his group has met with at least a dozen MPs who pledged support for the motion, including leadership candidate Maxime Bernier, who is...

Vancouver group can help bring in LGBT Syrians, government says

“The government continues to express its good intentions while the lives of LGBT Syrians remain at serious risk,” NDP MP Randall Garrison said Feb 18,...

Liberal support for LGBT Syrian refugees lacking, says NDP

“The government continues to express its good intentions while the lives of LGBT Syrians remain at serious risk,” NDP MP Randall Garrison said Feb 18,...

Liberal support for LGBT Syrian refugees lacking, says NDP

“The government continues to express its good intentions while the lives of LGBT Syrians remain at serious risk,” NDP MP Randall Garrison said Feb 18,...

Brent Hawkes makes first public appearance since charges

Current and former elected officials from all three levels of governments were present: Liberal MP Bill Blair, former NDP MPs Olivia Chow and Craig Scott,...

Metropolitan Community Church rallies behind Brent Hawkes

Craig Scott, former NDP MP for Toronto-Danforth: “I do not have to know the accuser to know that I believe Brent Hawkes to be innocent,...

Gay-friendly senior homes still on Liberal list

The federal government has not set a timeline on its promise to create housing for LGBT seniors but the Liberals say they're sticking to their...

Gay-friendly senior homes still on Liberal list

The federal government has not set a timeline on its promise to create housing for LGBT seniors but the Liberals say they're sticking to their...

Gay-friendly senior homes still on Liberal list

The federal government has not set a timeline on its promise to create housing for LGBT seniors but the Liberals say they're sticking to their...

Daily Xtra's most read national Canadian stories of 2015

5. readers seemed to appreciate our immediate tally of openly LGBT politicians headed to Ottawa after the October federal election. Led by veteran gay...

Trans advocates want more from anti-discrimination law

Randall Garrison, the NDP's LGBTQ issues critic, who tabled Bill C-279 in 2011, said he plans to introduce his original legislation “as soon as it's...

Houston's failed LGBT bill sounds a lot like Canada

In 2012, Conservative MP Rob Anders hit the bathroom button when he launched a petition to block Bill C-279, a law that would have extended...

Houston's failed LGBT bill sounds a lot like Canada

In 2012, Conservative MP Rob Anders hit the bathroom button when he launched a petition to block Bill C-279, a law that would have extended...

Hedy Fry wins decisively as Liberals sweep Canada for majority

They replace defeated gay MPs Philip Toone and Dany Morin, who lost their NDP seats in Quebec, and Craig Scott, who lost his NDP seat...

Hedy Fry wins decisively as Liberals sweep Canada for majority

They replace defeated gay MPs Philip Toone and Dany Morin, who lost their NDP seats in Quebec, and Craig Scott, who lost his NDP seat...

Hedy Fry wins decisively as Liberals sweep Canada for majority

They replace defeated gay MPs Philip Toone and Dany Morin, who lost their NDP seats in Quebec, and Craig Scott, who lost his NDP seat...

Hedy Fry wins decisively as Liberals sweep Canada for majority

They replace defeated gay MPs Philip Toone and Dany Morin, who lost their NDP seats in Quebec, and Craig Scott, who lost his NDP seat...

Candidates debate queer issues at Buddies

Craig Scott, the NDP candidate for Toronto-Danforth, Bill Morneau, the Liberal candidate for Toronto Centre, and Chris Tolley, the Green candidate for Toronto-Danforth, all took...

Do we need LGBT members of Parliament?

The mood in the room at the queer non-partisan results party I was at was decidedly mixed: revulsion at the Harper majority, elation at the...

Do we need LGBT members of Parliament?

The mood in the room at the queer non-partisan results party I was at was decidedly mixed: revulsion at the Harper majority, elation at the...

Do we need LGBT members of Parliament?

... Craig Scott is best known for his bill to make it easier for Quebec to separate in the event of a referendum, an issue...

Do we need LGBT members of Parliament?

The mood in the room at the queer non-partisan results party I was at was decidedly mixed: revulsion at the Harper majority, elation at the...

Do we need LGBT members of Parliament?

The mood in the room at the queer non-partisan results party I was at was decidedly mixed: revulsion at the Harper majority, elation at the...

Do we need LGBT members of Parliament?

The mood in the room at the queer non-partisan results party I was at was decidedly mixed: revulsion at the Harper majority, elation at the...

Do we need LGBT members of Parliament?

The mood in the room at the queer non-partisan results party I was at was decidedly mixed: revulsion at the Harper majority, elation at the...

Out in Toronto: Sept 24–30, 2015

Class is in session and your favourite ladies of hip hop are on the reading list: Lil' Kim, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliot, Azealia Banks and...

Liberals would create housing for senior gay men, Fry says

(Vancouver Centre front-runner candidates, from left, Constance Barnes, Hedy Fry, standing, and Lisa Barrett, who isn't visible in this photo, attended 's election debate Sept...

Liberals would create housing for senior gay men, Fry says

(Vancouver Centre front-runner candidates, from left, Constance Barnes, Hedy Fry, standing, and Lisa Barrett, who isn't visible in this photo, attended 's election debate Sept...

Five key LGBT election questions for Vancouver East

After 18 years as the NDP member of Parliament for Vancouver East, Libby Davies, Canada's first openly lesbian MP, is not seeking re-election, leaving the...

Liberals would create housing for senior gay men, Fry says

(Vancouver Centre front-runner candidates, from left, Constance Barnes, Hedy Fry, standing, and Lisa Barrett, who isn't visible in this photo, attended 's election debate Sept...

Five key LGBT election questions for Vancouver Centre

With four strong women vying for the Vancouver Centre seat in Parliament in the Oct 19 federal election, the contest remains Liberal incumbent Hedy Fry's...

Five key LGBT election questions for Vancouver Centre

With four strong women vying for the Vancouver Centre seat in Parliament in the Oct 19 federal election, the contest remains Liberal incumbent Hedy Fry's...

Did Conservatives sign Vancouver Pride trans pledge?

The Conservatives have been at the core of debate over trans rights since NDP MP Randall Garrison championed Bill C-279 to recognize and protect gender...

Mylan Relay for Hope arrives in Ottawa

Robyn Baker-Wright, Francois Jarry, Nam Pham are joined by Paul Dewar, NDP MP for Ottawa-Centre, Phil Marsh with the Running Room, Tim Smith, vice-president of...

Coalition calls for official apology for anti-LGBT military purge

NDP members of Parliament Craig Scott and Randall Garrison joined professor Gary Kinsman and Darl Wood — who herself was purged from the Canadian Forces...

Celebrating 10 years of Canadian marriage equality

Liberal MP Hedy Fry, a longtime supporter of CCGSD, spoke about challenges faced by LGBT people today. “I think starting in 1969 with Pierre Elliott...

Orange wave sweeps in Alberta's first LGBT provincial politicians

However, for a young NDP member, there weren't many opportunities to get politically involved in Calgary — at least, not then. So Connolly headed to...

Roxanne James under fire for past letter

For NDP MP Randall Garrison, the party's LGBT critic and public safety critic, the letter is unsurprising. “She belongs to that social conservative segment of...