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Dented Blue Mercedes

Mercedes Allen is a graphic designer and advocate for transsexual and transgender communities in Alberta. She writes on equality, human rights, LGBT and sexual minority issues in Canada, and the cross-border pollination of far-right spin. She blogs at Dented Blue Mercedes and operates a trans information website at http://www.albertatrans.org/

Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 27
Mercedes Allen | The growing discontent with the Office of Religious Freedom parallels an increased dissatisfaction among the religious far-right with the Harper government over policy.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes January 3
Mercedes Allen | There are many things I can't claim to speak with authority on, but I can speak to my own reasons for supporting #IdleNoMore, and why the assimilationist perspective fails.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes November 15
Mercedes Allen | John Baird has commendably taken the lead on LGBT human rights in Uganda. But in understanding Uganda's social environment, we realize that forcefulness may actually be harmful.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes November 14
Mercedes Allen | MP and Justice Committee member Brent Rathgeber recently blogged that he opposed the trans human rights bill because he considered the terms undefined.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 9
Mercedes Allen | MP Rob Anders and Sun commentator Brian Lilley doubled down on conflating trans people with sexual predators, suggesting human rights inclusion will somehow enable and legally absolve predatory acts.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 6
Mercedes Allen | A reprised history of "Bathroom Bill" panic used to oppose human rights protections for trans people, due to a recent petition by MP Rob Anders.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 4
Mercedes Allen | Calgary West MP Rob Anders is actively petitioning his constituents against a bill that would extend human rights protections to trans people. And is embarrassing himself yet again.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes September 17
Mercedes Allen | There has been an interesting change of direction from the Canadian far right over Stephen Woodworth's "science," revealing how and why Canada's far right isn't particularly interested in it.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 29
Mercedes Allen | What Stephen Woodworth's "toe in the birth canal" argument attempts to deflect attention from, while attempting to change the social conversation in Canada.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 28
Mercedes Allen | Fifteen Conservative MPs joined with opposition MPs to advance C-279, the trans human rights bill. Far-right groups have called to inundate them with angry mail. I suggest we send a note of thanks.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 19
Mercedes Allen | While the principle of freedom of speech is admirable, the application being upheld and idealized by media champions and the Harper Government is already showing its proponents' hypocrisy.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 8
Mercedes Allen | Alberta has reinstated health-care funding for sex reassignment surgery. Full backgrounder added.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 6
Mercedes Allen | Why I (as a trans activist) will most likely not support a trans human rights bill with gender expression removed and with gender identity narrowly defined.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes June 5
Mercedes Allen | Leslie Feinberg has been arrested and is facing charges of property damage. The arrest came during a protest of the conviction of CeCe McDonald, sentenced to 41 months in prison for manslaughter.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 20
Mercedes Allen | Beneath all the rhetoric, the issue is about fears that affirmation might enable or "encourage" someone to be gay or trans.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 19
Mercedes Allen | What a "No Pro Homo" policy looks like, and why its failure hasn't stopped the fight against anti-homophobia education in North America.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 18
Mercedes Allen | On how the far right feels persecuted by the Day of Silence, and wants the word "homophobia" banned as hate speech.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes April 10
Mercedes Allen | Did Conservative MP Dean Allison attempt to link transsexual women with sexual predators on the floor of Parliament?
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 29
Mercedes Allen | On the dilemma of Jenna Talackova, the Canadian beauty pageant contestant who was disqualified from the 2012 Miss Universe Canada competition because she had been born physically male.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 15
Mercedes Allen | Conservative Party backbencher Stephen Woodworth has put forward a motion that will result in a debate in Parliament on abortion, tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 26.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 8
Mercedes Allen | I'm taking the moment to come out in favour of womens' reproductive rights, and encouraging others to do the same.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes January 30
Mercedes Allen | New regulations may potentially ban many transsexual, transgender and intersexed people from boarding a plane in Canada
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes January 2
Mercedes Allen | A recap of how the abortion debate has already been underway, in the U.S. and in Canada.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 22
Mercedes Allen | Canadians accepted Stephen Harper's assurances that the abortion debate would not be reopened. But it has.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 1
Mercedes Allen | It will be tougher to pass a trans human rights bill. It will take more effort, and support of allies is absolutely crucial. But it's not impossible. Here's how.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 29
Mercedes Allen | "Nothing to see here. Nothing to see here." So why are people tenting in downtown Calgary and refusing to leave?
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 15
Mercedes Allen | The Occupy movement has either already accomplished many or most of those things, or is poised to do so. Now, it has acquired the power to shape the change that it has called for.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 13
Mercedes Allen | Teach kids to coexist with gay and trans kids? You can't do that. Teach them to march in anti-abortion protests? Sure, why not?
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes October 5
Mercedes Allen | The transphobic ad in the Toronto Sun and National Post occurs amid Canada-wide battles over accommodation of LGBT youth and trans human rights. Here's why it won't be over after the Ontario election.