National Newswatch

Shame the Charlottesville white supremacists on social media

Aug 16 2017 — Emma Teitel — Shaming people on the internet is never something I’ve had a taste for, even when those being shamed have made genuinely stupid, offensive mistakes — like laughing at sexist or homophobic jokes. I’d give you a few specific examples of this, but I don’t even want to mention the names of the shamed. They’ve paid […]

Coming out sucks, even for the lucky ones like me

Aug 11 2017 — Emma Teitel — When I came out to my parents almost 10 years ago, my mother hung a Rosie the Riveter poster on the inside of my closet door that read “Sorry Boys, I’m Gay!” She was so enthusiastic in her acceptance of my sexuality that I couldn’t even step into a closet without being reminded I was […]

Good riddance to another of Donald Trump’s frat boys

Jul 31 2017 — Emma Teitel — This week we learned that the White House isn’t really the white house. It’s a frat house with a manicured lawn. How else can you describe a place where a guy who goes by the nickname “The Mooch” (a.k.a. recently appointed and sacked White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci) reportedly misses the birth of his […]

Trump values bottom line more than soldiers’ well-being

Jul 27 2017 — Emma Teitel — Last April, when I interviewed Jennifer Pritzker, the world’s first openly transgender billionaire and a retired U.S. army colonel, she told me “knowledge dispels fear.” This was a motto Pritzker borrowed from the British Royal Air Force, a motto she hoped might warm Americans to the idea of transgender men and women serving openly in […]

Why prime ministers and business floats matter at Pride

Jul 20 2017 — Emma Teitel — Last summer, Justin Trudeau made history when he became the first sitting prime minister to march in the Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal pride parades (not all at once, of course). This Saturday, the PM will again make history when he becomes the first sitting prime minister to participate in another more understated but equally important […]

As the queer community spreads out, can the gay village remain vital?

Jun 26 2017 — Emma Teitel — Every year, when Lucah Rosenberg-Lee goes to Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village to celebrate LGBT pride, he wears a rainbow sticker on his chest that says “Trans.” And every year, like clockwork, a stranger asks him why he is impersonating a transgender man. The thing is, Rosenberg-Lee isn’t impersonating anybody. The 28-year-old Toronto man is transgender, a […]

Some have no choice but to be vigilant in wake of Scheer’s election

May 30 2017 — Emma Teitel — Andrew Scheer, the newly elected leader of the Opposition in Ottawa, once described a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage as “abhorrent.” The only thing abhorrent about my same-sex wedding this past summer was that — well, actually there wasn’t anything abhorrent about it, as the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada would […]

Yes, I’m a millennial. No, I didn’t grow up with smartphones: Teitel

May 11 2017 — Emma Teitel — This week in news about everyone’s least favourite demographic (hint: they’re under 40, and word has it, they’re ingrates) we learned the following: According to Vogue, “Millennial men want their wives to stay at home.” According to the Washington Examiner, “Fights over Trump drive couples, especially millennials, to split up.” And, says Forbes: millennials are […]

Bill O’Reilly and the problem with cowgirl feminists

Apr 26 2017 — Emma Teitel — Bill O’Reilly, the American conservative pundit and author of several books including, Killing Reagan, Killing Lincoln and Killing Jesus may want to start writing a new tome: Killing my Career. O’Reilly, a veteran talk show host who once blasted the rapper, Ludacris, for “degrading women,” was sacked from his hosting job at Fox News last […]

Let’s be careful labelling politicians as evil

Oct 27 2016 — Emma Teitel — Hyperbole is as constant in politics as rubber chicken dinners. Candidates love to exaggerate their own achievements, but they really love to exaggerate the shortcomings of their opponents. They pretend their political foes are spawns of Satan and they conveniently forget to mention that not so long ago, they too shared many of the same […]