Amnesty International Canada condemns ‘appalling’ anti-trans policy changes in Alberta

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s proposed new policy changes to 2SLGBTQQIA+ health care, social services, public education and sports are an alarming affront to the rights of trans and gender-diverse people and must be withdrawn immediately, Amnesty International Canada urges. In a video released Wednesday, the Alberta premier announced sweeping new measures aimed at limiting 2SLGBTQQIA+ children and youth’s access to gender-affirming health care and stifling discussion of gender identity and sexual diversity in the province’s schools. Major media outlets in Canada have called Alberta’s anti-trans proposals the most restrictive in the country. Amnesty International joins Egale Canada, Momentum and 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities in strongly condemning these policy measures. The changes not only violate the constitutional rights of 2SLGBTQQIA+people but also pose inherent harm by perpetuating existing stereotypes, discrimination, stigmatization and exclusion. "What Premier Smith and the Alberta government are proposing is, in a word, appalling," said Ketty Nivyabandi, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada’s English-speaking section. "Trans Albertans, including trans...

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It Gets Better, Leading LGBTQ+ Youth Empowerment Org, Unveils New Name and Relaunched Website

The new ItGetsBetter.org will serve as a hub for LGBTQ+ and questioning youth, providing support through media and educational resources, community connections It Gets Better (formerly known as the It Gets Better Project) the world's largest effort to empower LGBTQ+ youth, today formally announced its new name change and unveiled a redesigned and rebranded website. The new www.ItGetsBetter.org will serve as a hub for LGBTQ+ and questioning youth, encouraging them to explore and define their own journey at their own pace in the comfort of community. The website also advances It Gets Better's role as a proactive prevention service, offering support to LGBTQ+ youth through media and educational resources before they are in crisis. The website includes several new or redesigned resources and features specifically designed for LGBTQ+ youth, including: ·       An extensive LGBTQ+ glossary, providing a robust...

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Unifor condemns Premier Smith’s anti-transgender crusade

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith's new plans to block access to gender-affirming medical care for younger teens is a violation of fundamental human rights and will cause avoidable harm to transgender youth, says Unifor. "Premier Smith has prioritized wedge politics over tackling the pressing economic issues facing Alberta's workers and their families," said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western...

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ONE® Condoms Solves Condom Fit Issues on Measure a Penis Day

An overwhelming majority of condom users say poor fit of regular condoms has resulted in bedroom mishaps
Celebrated on February 1 to kick of National Condom Month, Measure a Penis Day encourages people to measure for pleasure and talk to their partner about the importance of proper condom fit. Created by ONE® Condoms and its MyONE® Custom Fit ™ line of 52 condom sizes, the brand is tackling the preventable statistic that 90 percent of surveyed condom users have experienced a hiccup in the bedroom related to improper condom fit . In light of Measure a Penis Day, ONE is helping to fix those condom mishaps by educating and encouraging those with a penis – and the people that play with them – to accurately measure their member for proper condom fit.
To get ready for Measure a Penis Day this year, ONE ® surveyed its customers about their experiences with condom fit and the overall measuring process. Fifty percent of people surveyed had experienced condom slippage with regular condoms. MyONE ® Custom Fit™ condoms "enabled me to find the right size so that the slippage problems were greatly reduced and sex was much more enjoyable and less stressful," commented one person in the survey.
"A handful of times, the condom slipped off and got stuck in their vagina, or it was in the process of doing so, so I had to grab it to make sure that didn't happen," said Johnny in the survey. "MyONE condoms fit perfectly. They are nice and snug, without being overly tight."
Fifty three percent of those surveyed in ONE’s customer survey had experienced erection loss due to condoms being...

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Nearly 100K Trans Teens Lost Access to Health Care, Sports, or Bathrooms in 2023

New report estimates the impact of five types of legislation on transgender youth According to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, about 105,200 transgender youth aged 13 to 17 live in 22 states where gender-affirming medical care is banned. Nineteen of these bans—all except three—were enacted in 2023. An estimated 92,700 transgender youth reside in these states. About 26,000 transgender youth in five states with bans are currently able to access care due to court orders that prohibit enforcement of the laws. Most gender-affirming care bans block access to a range of treatments, including...

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