Five items in total…
“This past week, in an update to its style guide, the Associated Press decided to declare the transgender debate settled, despite a growing body of scientific research showing it really is a mental issue. The AP will now reject such phrases as ‘gender transitioning’ and go with ‘gender conforming.’ So Bruce Jenner was always Caitlyn and he, over time, conformed instead of transitioned.” – Erick Erickson, “A cultural cold war gets warmer” – Real Clear Politics, Oct. 13th, 2017.
“When the votes were tallied, and Rock was chosen, the church borrowed from a papal tradition to herald its momentous decision. Pink smoke billowed from the chimney.” – Patty Winsa, “Brent Hawkes’s successor knows he has big pews to fill at Metropolitan Community Church” – Toronto Star, Oct. 7th, 2017.
“A group of HIV positive chefs will run a first-of-its-kind pop-up restaurant to combat the stigma faced by people living with the illness… June’s HIV+ Eatery, named after Casey House’s founder June Callwood, will be open in Toronto Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 and is part of the campaign (called) Break Bread Smash Stigma.” – Shawn Jeffords, “Toronto HIV-AIDS hospital doubles its capacity, launches new awareness campaign” – Toronto Star, Oct. 25th, 2017.
“A British Columbia school trustee says an educational resource aimed at creating inclusive public schools by supporting LGBTQ students has become a ‘weapon of propaganda’ and is ‘nothing short of child abuse’… Neufeld, who has served as an elected trustee for two decades, says the program amounts to child abuse because he believes it encourages children to question their biological gender and consider gender transition.” – Cdn. Press, “Nothing short of child abuse: B.C. school trustee Barry Neufeld blasted for LGBTQ curriculum post” – Toronto Sun, Oct. 24th, 2017.
“The withdrawal of charges against about a dozen men caught up in Toronto police’s ‘Project Marie’ operation in Marie Curtis Park last year has again called into question the thinking behind the plan, which critics say was homophobic… The six-week project last fall in the Etobicoke park, which included the use of undercover officers seeking individuals interested in sexual activity, led to at least 72 people, mostly men, ticketed for non-criminal offences including trespassing and public sexual activity.” – Jacques Gallant, “Tickets withdrawn after ‘morality raids’ in Etobicoke’s Marie Curtis Park” – Toronto Star, Oct. 29th, 2017. (This is a rather disturbing expose, and can be read here.)