The LGBTQ+ experience in Canada

From the court battles of the past to the growing awareness of gender identity issues today, the stories in this collection highlight some of the challenges and realities within LGBTQ+ communities in Canada today.

  • 2017
  • 13-14
  • 29 Titles

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About Sex About Sex, Episode 10

Ryan tries to reveal his sexual orientation through a board game, but Rose and Julian can’t seem to get it... Warning: The following program may contain mature subject matter and coarse language. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • 2020
  • 00:07:48
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/04/2021

About Sex About Sex, Episode 19

Julian starts to wonder about his gender identity when he realizes he’s wearing a piece of Rose’s clothes. Warning: The following program may contain mature subject matter and coarse language. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • 2020
  • 00:07:48
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 01/04/2021

Canadian Race Relations Foundation Accidental Activist

Accidental Activist is a story of an immigrant from Tanzania who came to Canada as a young boy. In the process of overcoming personal challenges of identity and belonging, El-Farouk has dedicated himself to creating a world of wellness and oneness.
  • 2020
  • 00:22:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/14/2020

The Fifth Estate Becoming Ayden

Changing sex. Not simple, not well understood, not consistently regulated, but here to stay and getting complicated. The Fifth Estate follows 17-year-old Adina Scheim from Toronto, who is becoming a boy named Ayden. Ayden is willing to go to great lengths to alter her female body to correspond with her male self-image. And Ayden is not alone. One Canadian clinic ...
  • 2004
  • 00:40:27
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

News in Review - September 2003 Canada Debates Same-Sex Marriages

In June 2003 an unprecedented court decision made same-sex marriages legal in Canada. For some, this development was an inevitable step in the evolution of human rights. But for others, the decision failed to acknowledge the institution of marriage’s critical role in society and its religious significance. News in Review takes a look at the controversy.
  • 2003
  • 00:13:52
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/15/2003

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CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Samra Habib on We Have Always Been Here

Samra Habib's first book spans continents — from Pakistan to Canada — as Habib describes her long journey through religious persecution, racism and embracing her identity as a queer Muslim woman. Samra Habib is a journalist, photographer and activist based in Toronto.
  • 2020
  • 00:04:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

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  • How to use Canada Reads in the classroom

  • Canada Reads 2020: Backgrounder on We Have Always Been Here (PDF)

  • Canada Reads 2020: Backgrounder on We Have Always Been Here (PPT)

  • Canada Reads 2020: We Have Always Been Here excerpt (PDF)

The National Canada's LGBT seniors fear discrimination in elder care

Many of Canada's LGBT seniors fear discrimination in elder care, believing they'll have to once again hide their pride to avoid prejudice.
  • 2018
  • 00:07:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/11/2018

Ideas Desire Denied

A new kind of human rights struggle is now being waged - by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people all over the developing world. They're fighting gay-free zones in Ukraine, life in prison for homosexuals in Uganda, and "curative rape" for lesbians in South Africa. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell explores how they're creating a new era of rainbow geopolitics.
  • 2014
  • 00:53:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/05/2014