February 2010

Kristopher Wells fights to make Alberta schools safer for all

Kristopher Wells is an activist, community leader, mentor and researcher at the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta. He is also a shinning example of an individual who lives and breathes their cause.

Wells’ research, teaching, and social service work focuses on creating inclusive schools and communities for youth of any sexual or gender orientation. Currently, he plays a key role in the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s human rights committee and in a Society working for safe and caring schools.

Sex and disability in Edmonton

An Edmonton couple recently proved that intimacy and a healthy sexuality don’t need to be limited due to physical disability. Brittney Dodds, who is paralyzed from the chest down after a snowmobile accident when she was 13 years old,  welcomed the birth of her son in October 2009.

Dodds, along with approximately 100 other patients a year, received counselling and advice from the Sexual Health Service program at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. The program assists people who have disabilities to achieve sexual health. For example, experts can counsel how to maintain a positive body image,

Canadian Polyamory group granted court status

Tuesday, February 16, 2010, the BC Supreme Court awarded The Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association (CPAA) intervener status, meaning the court will hear the CPAA's evidence and arguments , which challenges constitutionality of Canada's "anti-polygamy" law.

B.C.'s attorney general, Michael de Jong, launched the constitutional reference case after polygamy charges were dropped last October against the two leaders of a polygamous sect in the community of

Q Hall of Fame launches new website

The Q Hall of Fame announced the launch of their new website and public nomination process on Friday February 19th..

Q Hall of Fame Canada, is a national resource dedicated to house and commemorate the diverse history of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Community. It will be head quartered at Qmunity, a community centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in Vancouver.

Recently founder, Paul Therien decided that Canada needed a tribute

Ottawa sex researcher: Dr. Peggy Kleinplatz

After studying Human sexuality for over 25 years, Dr. Peggy Kleinplatz, Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, has discovered that novelty, newness and creativity in bed isn’t all that it has been made out to be.

Kleinplatz graduated from University of Ottawa with a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1987. She has published dozens of articles and papers on a wide range of topics from how to talk to your kids about sex to ethical dilemmas faced by Sex Therapists.

Thanks, Doc

Dear Doctor,

Thank you for your help in getting my brand new diaphragm. When I came in to see you I was at my wits end: a bright young woman with a big future that doesn't want to get pregnant and end up with a statistically almost impossible chance of financial solvency as a single mom... but I have been unable so far to find a birth control method that worked for me. I needed help, and you were almost ready to give it to me.

Queer Ottawa publication suffers financial woes

Capital Xtra, Ottawa’s only gay and lesbian newspaper, is shutting it’s local offices after 16 years and moving to Toronto.
Founded in 1993, Capital Xtra has been the most significant media force in the national capital region's gay and lesbian community. Published 17 times a year, the publication maintains a fiercely loyal readership. Each issue of 20,000 copies reach 36,000 readers.

Media Exaggerates Sex Negativity

News media is notorious for reporting on negative aspects of sexuality. When searching google news for “sex” an overwhelming majority of the stories concern sex offenders, assault or Tiger’s supposed sex addiction.

Media loves a controversy, and even more so it loves a sexy one.

When a group of angry villagers take up pitch forks to a cause, news agencies are going to take notice. However more often then not when it comes to issues of sexuality, it takes only a few negative voices to get prominent attention

Affairs and guilt: depends on your gender

A new Canadian study on infidelity publish in the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, has revealed gender differences in the feelings of guilt that men and women experience after cheating.

The study lead by Maryanne Fisher, a professor at St Mary’s University in Halifax found men feel guiltier following sexual infidelity, while women feel guiltier after emotional transgression.

Calgary Transit Blushes

Calgary Transit has a priggish side. A couple of recent policy decisions reveal their straight-laced advertising policies.

The most recent was their order to remove two ads for Virgin Mobile from transit shelters that show a man clutching a woman while holding her ass in one ad, and her thigh in another.