Canada’s Trans Community Calls for Change in Travel Regulations

Author: , May 18th, 2017

Canada Parliament

Jennifer McCreath has a fear of flying of a different sort: a fear she won’t be allowed on board. McCreath, a 43-year-old transgender woman in St. John’s, N.L., takes issue with a federal regulation that prohibits airlines from transporting anyone who “does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification presented.”

Doing away with the regulation is a cause the federal NDP has been pushing for five years, and one for which Justin Trudeau expressed support before becoming prime minister. It’s also one the federal Liberal government should be all over, given its self-proclaimed reputation as the party of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, McCreath said in an interview Wednesday.

“It all comes back to the notion of equality,” said McCreath, who described having to wait for two hours in a holding area before a flight to the United States in 2011, when she was in the process of changing the gender on her birth certificate. The Canadian regulation, she said, gives officials too much power in cases where someone doesn’t look like the gender indicated on their identification.

By Kristy Kirkup – Full Story at RD News Now

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The Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC: Community

Author: , October 29th, 2011

Washington DC Gay Community“When people think comedy club, they think: dark, cramped, confined and fried food. We’re none of those things,” says Riot Act Comedy Theater’s comic liaison and brand ambassador Mike Farfel.

“We offer a comedy experience that’s like no other.” Located in trendy Penn Quarter, Riot Act boasts two bar areas and a spacious, modern theater with cabaret seating for 300 patrons. Since opening in August, the club has booked big name comedians like Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney, but equally important, Farfel says, the club’s owner John Xereas has reached out to sometimes-underserved comedy audiences with theme nights like “Allah Made Me Funny” (Muslim comics), and “Gaylarious,” a night of comedy tailored specifically for LGBT audiences.

Conceived and hosted by gay comics Zach Toczynski and Chris Doucette, “Gaylarious” happens on the first Wednesday of every month and features gay and gay-friendly headliners from all over the world.

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