Equity Matters

The L-Word: It’s Not Getting Better For Lonely Young Lesbians

Melissa Carroll, McMaster University
Guest Contributor

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirit) peoples.

On Friday, October 4, 2010 the lifeless bodies of 21 year-old Jeanine Blanchette and her 17 year-old girlfriend Chantal Dube were found in a wooded area behind a social services building in Orangeville, Ontario. Immediately deemed a double-suicide by police, the lesbian couple’s...

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Status of Women: Three reasons women aren’t in leadership positions

Curt Rice, University of Tromsø
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This entry is part of the CFHSS’s Equity Issues Portfolio series on the Status of Women in the Disciplines and in the Academy.

It’s true in higher education, it’s true in law firms, it’s true in hospitals (it’s even true in monarchies!): women can get far, but they can’t get all the way to the top.

In Europe, fewer than 10 percent of universities are run by women. In Fortune 500 companies, about 17 percent of lawyers are...

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Asylum Rights and Seeking Refuge from homophobic and transphobic persecution

Sharalyn Jordan, Simon Fraser University and Christine Morrissey, Rainbow Refugee Committee
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This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

Currently no less than 76 countries criminalize same-sex sexual acts or gender variability. Many of these statutes can be traced to colonial imposition, specifically, the British penal code section 377. Direct criminalization and morality laws create the means for abuse of power by police and others...

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Articulate Silences, Racism and Settler Colonialism in LGBTQ Politics

Scott Lauria Morgensen, Queen’s University
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This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

Perhaps you’ve heard the idea that experiencing oppression should sensitize one group not to oppress another. It is matched by evidence to the contrary, that some oppressed people invest in oppressing other oppressed people all the time. And so we find LGBTQ movements in Canada and the United States professing the inclusion of diversity as their...

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Status of Women: A Midcareer Feminist Reflection on the Humanities

Renata Kobetts Miller, City University of New York
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This entry is part of the CFHSS’s Equity Issues Portfolio series on the Status of Women in the Disciplines and in the Academy.

In an era of increasing contingency and devaluation of the humanities, we should take a moment to reconsider the meaning of activism.

It is time for midcareer feminists in the humanities to consider the legacy of their foremothers, as many of our mentors assume emerita status. Susan Gubar, one...

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Post-Secondary Education and Queer Student Engagement in Canada

Rachael Sullivan, University of British Columbia
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This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

At the recent ‘We Demand: History/Sex/Activism in Canada’ conference, I was struck by the centrality of post-secondary education, and specifically university and college campuses, in the recollections of prominent queer activists. The contributors to the conference’s...

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Status of Women: Gender and the Ivory Ceiling of Service Work in the Academy

Joy Misra, Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Elissa Holmes, Stephanie Agiomavritis, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Guest Contributors

This entry is part of the CFHSS’s Equity Issues Portfolio series on the Status of Women in the Disciplines and in the Academy.

Service work continues to pull women associate professors away from research. What can be done?

How does a successful associate professor with a distinguished publication record, a visible leadership role among women scientists on campus, and prestigious grant funding for interdisciplinary initiatives in graduate and...

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Black queer and Black Trans – Imagine Imagination Imaginary Futures

Rinaldo Walcott, University of Toronto
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This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to teach, to learn from and to learn with an incredible and impressive group of Black queer and Black Trans students. These students live and work at the interstices of communities, studies and politics and in each case...

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Anti-homophobia education beyond bullying

Hélène Frohard-Dourlent, University of British Columbia
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This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

If there was any doubt that getting through high school is still difficult for queer and trans youth in Canada, Jamie Hubley’s decision to end his life last week in Ottawa is a painful reminder of that fact. Hubley’s suicide prompts us to reflect on the...

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Twenty Years Later for GLBTQ Youth: How Far Have We Come?

Gloria Filax, Athabasca University
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This entry is part of the CFHSS’s VP Equity Issues series on issues related to LGBTQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersex and Two-Spirited) peoples.

My doctoral work focused on GLBTQ youth during the 1990s in Alberta, which was unique in Canada for the state-sanctioned resistance to protect the basic rights of citizens who were GLBTQ.  Even while the source and particulars of oppression in...

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