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Posted by eleanor

You laugh, I complain

....and then then there are the people who, out of chagrin, remove what others consider offensive.

Straight Goods isn't some sort of hetero power thing, it's a leftie Internet publication (I receive its mailouts, though, shamefully, I've never subscribed monetarily). There's always a joke or two -- to prove that politics isn't humourless, I suppose. Though the yucks are inevitably painful.

From today's e-blast: "Last week, Straight Goods inadvertently offended some of our readers with a joke about transsexuality. We apologized and took the joke down. Since apparently there's quite a lot we don't know about trans-life, we went out and found a comprehensive Canadian website with tons of information. Here is an abundance of resources on Transsexual, Transvestite, Transgender and Intersexuality." (Link added to the body of the quote.)

I don't suppose anyone has a copy of that gag?


# re: You laugh, I complain
May 17, 2006 12:31 PM
Ah. It was called "Out of the Office Messages: A Top Ten Selection":


10. I will be out of the office for the next 2 weeks for medical reasons. When I return, please refer to me as Loretta instead of Jim."

# re: You laugh, I complain
May 17, 2006 11:37 AM
And today's National Day Against Homophobia. Press release below.

Egale Canada

Ottawa -- Wednesday, May 17 is the fourth annual National Day Against Homophobia. This year's theme is "Hiding its face - becoming more subtle."

As noted by its organizer, Fondation Émergence, homophobia has "put on a new face of sophistication and invisibility."

The purpose of the National Day Against Homophobia is to raise people's awareness of homophobia and transphobia's harmful effects, to provide a positive image of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, and to combat exclusion. See for more info.

This year the National Day Against Homophobia has also become the World Day Against Homophobia. Several European countries are now participating,
and the date has been moved from June 1 to May 17 to recognize the anniversary of the World Health Organization removing homosexuality from its list
of mental illnesses.

"Egale asks all levels of government to officially recognize the National Day Against Homophobia, and to take action to educate the public about the need to end this form of prejudice and discrimination," said Egale
President Gemma Hickey. "Discrimination may be more discreet these days, but it's just as harmful. It's up to government to work to make Canada a place where
all feel welcome and included."

"Despite the legal gains made by our communities in the past several years, prejudice against our communities is alive and well in Canada," added
Gilles Marchildon, Egale's Executive Director. "Homophobic behaviour is any expression of a negative attitude towards lesbian, gay, or bisexual people.
Transphobic behaviour is directed at transgender and transsexual people. These behaviours have a significant and detrimental impact on us, on Canadian society as a whole, and particularly on young people."

"It's time for Canadians to come to grips with the root causes of the rampant bullying and harassment faced by LGBT youth in the education system," continued Mr. Marchildon. "School boards have a duty to be
proactive in preventing homophobic behaviour. Even more important is that parents and teachers take individual responsibility and speak out against
homophobic and transphobic behaviour when and where they see it - in the classroom, the playground, or at home.

Egale Canada advances equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) people, and their families, across Canada. Founded in 1986, Egale's work includes political action, legal interventions and public education and awareness.