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susan (user currently living in CANADA) posted for straight readers on 08/08/2014 +5
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It’s unbelievable how fortunate I feel after finding your website. For the past 6 months, I have been so depressed after losing my husband to another woman. My money situation worsened so much that I thought I’d have to file for bankruptcy. I had a huge amount of debt and I didn’t know what to do. Out of complete and total desperation, I contacted many of those so-called individuals who promised powerful magic, witchcraft or black magic. None of them worked and none were as wonderful, affectionate and warm as Dr Bello has been. He is definitely different from the others and I felt immediate hope and strength from hearing about the promises he had to offer. He carries an air of purity and divine strength that is as pure as fresh snow on the ground. I requested most powerful spells and I was relieved right away that I had someone to solve my problems for me. His spells worked wonders and I am now back with my husband and my money troubles resolved itself after winning the lottery. Dr Bello, I have no idea what I would have done without you being there to help me out.
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baba ahmed ji (user currently living in UNITED KINGDOM) posted for straight readers on 23/06/2014
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http://www.muslimastrologeronline.com
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(user currently living in CANADA) posted for straight readers on 28/05/2014
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My name is Anna from Canada I have to give this miraculous testimony, which is still unbelievable to me until now. I had a problem with my husband 5years ago, which lead to our break up. when he broke up with me, I was not my self again, i felt so empty inside me, my love and financial situation became worst, until a close friend of mine Lucy told me about a spell caster who helped her in the same problem, his name is Dr ADODO. I email Dr ADODO the spell caster and i told him my problem and, i did what he asked of me, to cut the long story short. Before i knew what was happening my husband called me and told me that he was coming back to me in just 2days and i was so happy to have him back to me. We have two kids together and we are happy. Thanks to Dr ADODO for saving my relationship and for also saving others own too. continue your good work sir, If you are interested to contact him and testify this blessings like me, the great spell caster email address is (adodospelltemple@gmail.com) or call his mobile number +2348156784928 you are the best among all the spell caster online I hope you see my testimonies and also pray for my family too.(adodospelltemple@gmail.com).
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Michiko Bown-Kai (user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual straight readers on 14/05/2014 tagged with gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation, religion, marriage / civil unions +5
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Hi there,

Just wanted to share the words from our Moderator of the United Church of Canada, Gary Paterson, in honour of the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It can be found at the following link:

English:
http://www.united-church.ca/communications/news/releases/140512
http://www.united-church.ca/files/communications/news/releases/140512_letter.pdf

Bonjour! Je suis content a presenter une lettre overte du
modérateur de l'Eglise Unie de Canada, Gary Paterson. Cette lettre présente un message qu’il espère être entendu par la communauté LGBT.

French:
http://www.united-church.ca/fr/communications/news/releases/140512
http://www.united-church.ca/fr/files/communications/news/releases/140512_letter.pdf


Michiko Bown-Kai
Program Coordinator: Racial Justice, Gender Justice, and LGBTQ Justice
United Church of Canada
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Mark Ruypers (user currently living in CANADA) posted for straight readers on 25/08/2013 tagged with human rights
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FUN ARENA - Thomas Pan – pan-fry never been fried… lo-ville. Knows no fun. Slide ‘i’ into pan-- bingo! Coming. Weed to cope. Denies, but loves WHORES. Embarrassed. Friday nights. No deny greed. BIG thief. Loves $ more than WHORES! Classic piece-of-shit idiot-loser.Garbage human. Find bridge. Pain. DOA - Evil Greedy Moron Retard. Michael Guerrio – cherrio guerrio high on WHORES! juices. Can yahoo-bagel be any more totally awesome?! cherrio heard about yahoo WHORES! regimen, but… WOW! Thinks smarter than all us. Forgot class at last job… like fuckin’ child. Happens to the weak, stupid. Moron Retard. Karl Rove – roving balls hates blacks, most non-whites in general. Hates gays-- thinks ‘men’ hate gays… like 1400s. Loves narrow ancient fat-fucks like self. WHORES! like good southern cornhole. WHORES! in 3’s best! Morning perfect ‘for fun.’ More than balls roving-- death-roving karma follows closely. Imminent roving suffering for total piece of shit, roving cock-sucker, roving balls. DOA – Evil Greedy Simpleton Moron Retard Racist Puppet. Mark

*** 1st boycott of many is here!! Angels will advise places to ignore. This one? Sitting on $16b! ZERO charity, fucks-over employees, pays no tax. Let bagels sleep there... shit-hole hyatt hotel. Screw ‘em. Thanks LGBT/russia for idea.

*kna yet to speak to me (too afraid), kna won’t let me speak to other countries-- 5 months on. *** SECRET UPDATE : kna has 2nd detention centre, enemies inside. Older than Guantanamo Bay. Almost 70 dirt-bags there now. Bad treatment. Just off Florida coast. * Entire loser kna walton family-- no tax. 5 years running... $137b!

*** Angels’ message to youth : “Girls : don’t lose hope. We can make things better together! Boys : study in school! Be kind to women, girls, poor, suffering, elderly, sick. Enjoy your short lives. Age 16: drink alcohol (home, friend’s); age 17: smoke! (not cigarettes!) weed, hash, oil, etc. Smile!; age 18: anything else. Cocaine, E, K, mushrooms, acid, opium, etc. ANY INJECTION IS TOTAL SHIT! Heroin ok if smoked. Inject heroin = game over. The weak will always fall. No meth, speed, crack, etc… fuckin’ garbage.”

* Insane koran nation of america drug laws started with old catholic ladies causing ban of asian opium dens, 1920s. Drugs legal FOREVER before 1920s! Look it up. Drug laws blossom from racism. ENTIRE FUCKIN’ WORLD’s drug policy follows what old ladies said in 1920s!!! Embarrassing. World needs drug education. kna sells heroin in medicine! oxy-contin.

*** If you believe in Jesus and God… SMILE! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!! * Angels, dead girls protecting me. Only bad people will be harmed...like muslims, like obama pole smoker. Good people-- have some fun!! ** September – Earth, Wind & Fire **
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Summer (user currently living in CANADA) posted for straight readers on 16/04/2012 +10
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Hi,

I'm not gay but I still wanted to share a little story with you. It's not about me but more about my family. Even if non-religious family, we still kept the old costum of giving godparents to a child where I'm from. That's how I ended up having not a godmother and a godfather, but actually two godfathers since my uncle is gay. And I couldn't have chose better mentors than him and his boyfriend ! When I was young, my uncles would always play with me and they supported me throught school as I grew up. My father and his brother were really close so I got to see my beloved godfathers often. When I entered university, my uncle gave me good advice that followed me throught a Ph D.

I love my uncles and I'm proud to say that I grew up thinking that love could bloom everywhere and in any kind of couples ! I only learned in elementary school that some conversative stupid people consider same-sex couple ÂŤ not correct Âť and I was shocked. I wish we could live in a world where every little kids would have the chance I had. I wish we could live in a world where we could choose our partner with our heart and not because of what others say. I wish we could live in a would where having two godfathers or two godmothers is perfectly normal and people wouldn't be surprise when I tell them that.
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Ishmael (user currently living in CANADA) posted for straight readers on 15/03/2012 tagged with sexual orientation
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Here in Canada catholic schools have ban homosexual youth to go into dances because of their sexual orientation but now the government is cutting back their funding for education resources because of not letting gay youth into dances and now parents are starting to sue schools for discrimination and parents have won millions in lawsuits.
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(user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 07/11/2011 +0
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Is this an acceptable comment to make about a teenage boy????
What if a straight person made a similar comment about a gay person, would there be backlash from the gay community???
Very disrespectful and she should appologize!

http://perezhilton.com/2011-11-06-kd-lang-thinks-justin-bieber-looks-like-a-lesbian#respond
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Sometimes the best action is no action;other times the best action is teaching by example. If one is oppressive then one is oppressed. Do we fight, do we flight? Out the oppressor if you want to be Out; report the security guard, write an editorial, publicize the employer. It may make no difference then again it may. Recommended reading: Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mendela biography). Recommended film; The Accused (based on a true story)
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As an ESL/EFL educator, I yearned to create a safe education environment, to deliver curriculum inclusive of GLBT global culture. While Canada as a whole is making progress in this area, smaller less urbanized less culturalized communties are still oppressed thus discriminate GLBT teachers, students and incorporation of related curriculum. While teaching in a rural Canadian public university, I felt extremely oppressed, fearful for my job and my students. My goal is to teach, to educate through example. Canada's laws and legislated policies exists to protect all yet falls short of their true mandate. All human rights and equality depend on education, hope and courage. We,the educators and learners need to feel safe in our educational environment,need to feel free to experience a safe education in a fair playing field. Rather than wait, rather than fight, I have adopted a holistic approach to ESL/EFL -a virtual global teach and learn community that is accepting, fosters choice and embraces differneces among All People from All Nations. We must make it better, we must erase hate, we must advocate, we must EDUCATE; ours is the legacy that we leave to the future.
"The measure of one’s character is not what they get from their ancestors,but what they leave their descendants." ~ AU
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al (user currently living in AUSTRALIA) posted for straight readers in response to this story on 25/04/2011 +3
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maybe you are sick in the head 'think would you work with you'
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Val (user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 20/04/2010 tagged with lgbt families, laws and leadership , marriage / civil unions
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I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. LGBT activism is alive and well here. Queer folks in Nova Scotia have been very brave over the past 20 years or so with coming out and insisiting upon change. Nova Scotia was one of the first provinces in Canada to have the Domestic Partner Registry System which gay or straight couples could use to register their common law relationships and be afforded some of the benefits of a legally recognized couple. A few years later, all Canadians were given the full and legal right to marry.
I have lived in Ontario and Newfoundland as well. I came out at 28 with two small children. There were challenges along the way of educating teachers, doctors, etc. My children found it quite amusing at times and frustrating at other times. They often wished for a gay friendly community, especially in the suburbs. They could see it in big city downtown areas but not in suburbia in the 80's. I have never hidden the fact that I am a lesbian (once I realized it myself) and have had almost all positive experiences. No one has ever had the courage to say anything negative to me. I am a strong woman. Many people have said thanks for opening their eyes on GLBT issues. My children are grown now and my daughter is lesbian as well. It is our normal and we love our country. Over the last couple of years, I have met lesbian couples who have moved from other countries in the world because of our right to marry and for other great reasons to live in Canada.
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Gordon Sawyer (user currently living in CANADA) posted for straight readers on 21/02/2010
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Hello,
Have you heard bout this one ?
Totally unaceptable.
Please react !

Canadian commentators fail to cool it with Johnny Weir jokes
By Neate Sager

If Scotty Lago has to excuse himself from the Olympic scene for buffoonish behavior, maybe broadcasters should have to, too.
The Canadian Press reports that the Quebec Council of Gays and Lesbians is going to make a complaint about French-language RDS, whose commentators Alain Goldberg and Claude Mailhot decided to go for the gold for trading in stale Johnny Weir jokes.
The pair called Weir "a bad example" and suggested he go through gender testing, like the runner Caster Semenya. After all, in no way is the latter a touchy subject.
RDS's apology addressed "tactless comments on the appearance and manner of a figure skater." The crux of the grievance, though, was the comparison to Semenya, the Canadian Press says:
[T]he mea culpas are insufficient, according to council president Steve Foster.
"They only apologized for the comments they made on his outfit," he said Saturday. "We hadn't even asked for an apology for those remarks. It's the rest of the comments: on his masculinity, his femininity, the fact he should skate as a woman."
Who knows what makes professional broadcasters think racial or sexual humor is acceptable? Being able to read off a teleprompter doesn't make you Russell Peters, pal. For the record, here is how the wire service reported it:
"This may not be politically correct," Mailhot said during the segment, in which Weir ... was shown sporting a semi-sheer, pink-and-black costume he designed himself.
"But do you think he lost points due to his costume and his body language?"
Goldberg replied that Weir's feminine style may reflect badly on other male figure skaters.
"They'll think all the boys who skate will end up like him," he said. "It sets a bad example."
Well, at least Mailhot qualified it may be inappropriate.
"In the earlier RDS coverage of Weir, Goldberg and Mailhot also brought up South African runner Caster Semenya, who was forced to undergo gender testing following her 2009 win at the world track and field championships in Germany.
"We should make him pass a gender test at this point," Goldberg said, and Mailhot then jokingly suggested Weir should compete in the women's competition.
Brutal. The point is that broadcasters don't have the right to assume everyone watching agrees with their own strict definition of manhood. Stick to sports.
"Hockey Night in Canada" had a representative of EGALE come on the show last year for a discussion after Mike Milbury made his "pansification" remarks. Perhaps RDS should think about granting equal time.
Meantime, let's have a call for a total Johnny Weir joke moratorium. Not because the jokes are politically incorrect, but because they're stunningly unoriginal. Move on.
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Matt (user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 23/01/2010 +5
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Hello, my name is Matt Tallon. I am a queer student of sociology and activist. Currently I attend Trent University in Peterborough Ontario. Originally I'm from a small city in north-western Ontario called Thunder Bay. In 2009 the queer community of Thunder Bay was rocked by a brutal attack against Jake Raynard, a gay man who now lives in Toronto but was attacked while visiting his and my hometown. The community of my city was galvanised into action in response to this hate crime and staged a rally of support a week after the attack which happened in the beginning of September. Unfortunately, this rally in support of Jake and change for the hate that we see in our community was only to be met with the relative inaction of our police service which claimed in a press release that the crime against Jake was not hate related. This is hard to believe for our community specifically because it happened outside the only known queer-"friendly" bar in our city, was extremely violent and started with the yelling of homophobic slurs. That said, I feel it is time that the queer community of my city "upped the ante" with a larger protest wherein people would not feel as if they need to respond to violence to show that they are proud of who they are and that they deserve respect.

It is for this reason that I am starting to plan a Pride Day in my city. This is exciting because it will be the first event of its kind in the expansive region between Winnipeg and Toronto. So far, I have a group of people with me willing to help me plan this as well as connections to performers and artists elsewhere in Canada to make this a truly fun and unforgettable event that cannot be ignored by our media, our police service, our province, and our larger community.

Since I have at my fingertips ample public space in my city to be used, as well as speakers, performance artists and people to make this event a success the only problem I continue to face in meeting this goal is a lack of help from organisations such as yours as well as funding. This is the reason I am writing this message. If there is any help or funding you can provide me to meet this truly needed end it would be extremely appreciated. Furthermore, it must be noted that I am not simply asking for help and money just to have help and money. I understand that help and money does not come for free thus I do plan to ask all those in attendance at this event to make donations, some of which will come back to you for your efforts. Likewise I plan to advertise, for free, all businesses and organisations that support us.

The primary goal I wish to achieve with this funding is to have advertisements for this event in towns and cities outside of Thunder Bay to assure that this event will be the biggest possible for an area like ours. Also, I will need to pay the performers at this event, especially those who need to travel, and the hotel that I will book in advance for them. Paying for the lodging of the performers should not be too costly as I will assure them free advertising during the event, in posters and in print for any and all of the media that will attend this ground breaking event as well.

Please take this request for help into consideration as I do feel that my city really needs an event such as this.

Best,

Matt
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