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Christopher Karas

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@Bearcat: lurking at this article, this was my exact feeling as well. For any other interested parties, the flurry of editing activity circa late 2013 reeked of self-promotion/friend promotion, with probable sock/meat editing from SPAs. See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Christopher Karas for the AfD. Cyphoidbomb (talk) 04:43, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
@Bearcat: Sorry, I didn't reply sooner. I'm willing to contribute to Wikipedia on other topics. This draft is merely a test article. I will try to contribute on other topics as you suggested. I thought the "MSM blood donation in Canada" section was relevant to Karas. While, there have been many human rights complaints filed in respect to the MSM deferral policy, Karas' complaint is the first filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The Commission may refer Karas' federal complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that may then decide the matter under the Canadian Human Rights Act. I believe once the complaint has been heard or decided on, Karas may then constitute a 'notable' person. I was mistaken of his notability, I appreciate your feedback.InternetFriend (talk) 21:32, 17 January 2018 (UTC)


@Winged Blades of Godric: Hi Godric, Bearcat chose to decline the submission as you may see here. I'm leaving a courtesy ping as you requested.InternetFriend (talk) 21:32, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

Christopher Karas
Born (1995-10-03) 3 October 1995 (age 25)
🏡 ResidenceBrampton, Canada
🏳️ NationalityCanada
🎓 Alma materHumber College
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  2013–present

Christopher Karas (born 1995) is a human rights activist. As a former French Catholic high school student, Karas was barred from putting up posters of civil rights figure Harvey Milk (openly gay San Francisco city supervisor assassinated in 1978) and denied the right to organize a student group at Catholic Secondary School Sainte-Famille. In defiance, Karas put up Milk posters and led a public human rights complaint against the school (settled in 2014).

Milk posters at Catholic school[edit]

Karas was barred in 2013 from putting up posters of his gay civil rights hero Harvey Milk[1][2] and denied the right to organize a student group named Porte Ouverte (i.e. Gay-Straight Alliance) at Catholic Secondary School Sainte-Famille in Mississauga, Ontario.[3] Although, the GSA was protected under the Accepting Schools Act Karas was then barred. Karas was attending Sainte-Famille in Mississauga part of Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir that was then known as Conseil Scolaire Catholique Centre-Sud. Principal Alain Lalonde claimed that the group was not intended to be about LGBT issues. However, all of the group founders signed a letter expressing collective solidarity for Karas' efforts toward LGBTIQQ2SA acceptance. In defiance, Karas put up the promotional GSA posters that included Milk quote “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” Vice-Principal Vicky Marcotte considered the Milk quote controversial in a email. Karas said the posters were ripped down as soon as the next day.[4]

The school board's director of education, Réjean Sirois, and superintendent André Blais, claimed that they fulfilled their requirement under the Accepting Schools Act. The board supported these claims with a press release.[5][6] Unsatisfied with board's response, Karas filed a human rights complaint at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.[7][8] The complaint detailed systemic discrimination.[9][10][11] In the complaint, Karas detailed more than 35 allegations. Allegations included, a religion teacher that said in class that gays should not have the right to adopt, a psychology teacher refused to include examples of same-sex couples as family structure, a teacher accommodated students who said their religion didn't allow for them to share sleeping space with Karas, forced to study a book, Doric Germain's Poison, that Karas remembers for a depiction of violent homophobia.[12][13] [14] The matter settled just before a human rights hearing in 2015.[15][16][17]

To ensure safer spaces in all schools, Karas led a week long GSA forum at Glendon College at York University organized by The Canadian Centre for Gender + Sexual Diversity (formerly known as Jer's Vision). Karas played a crucial role in organizing the forum, raising funds and mobilizing youth to attend.[18][19][20] Anonymous donor pledged $10,000 toward the forum.[21]

MSM blood donation in Canada[edit]

In 2016, Karas tried to donate blood. He was then turned away as a man who has had sex with other men. Karas is barred for five years after attempting to donate before the one-year policy took effect. In June 2016, then Health Minister Jane Philpott head of Health Canada announced a blood deferral policy that barred men who have had sex with other men (MSM) from donating unless they have been abstinent for one year.[22][23][24] The announcement made by Philpott comes after the Liberal Party of Canada promised to end the policy.[25][26][27] The same policy bars women who have had sex with men who have had sex with other men (MSM). Policy on blood donations for MSM dates back to the 1980s. MSM were then barred for a lifetime, the deferral policy was then lowered to 5 years and the policy has now been lowered to 1 year. Karas says he was "of very little value when he learned that he was labeled" and prohibited from donating "because of his classification and sexual orientation."[28]

Feeling less than his fellow heterosexual counterparts, Karas filed a federal human rights complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission over the deferral policy that bars MSM from donating to allow Karas and others labelled as MSM to donate.[29][30][31] While the federal complaint was approved September 3, 2016 by the Commission, the Commission has not yet decided whether the matter will be heard by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa. The policy remains unchanged after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to LGBTQ2 in Parliament on November 28, 2017.[32][33][34]

While, Trudeau mentioned more work needs to be done in regards to blood and organ donation in the federal apology. Parliamentary leader of the federal New Democrats MP Guy Caron pressed Trudeau to end the policy. Caron notably said "This would be a good time to stop doing things the government might have to apologize for in the future."[35][36][37][38] MP Randy Boissonnault, Trudeau's special adviser on LGBTQ2 issues, says it will take time to allow MSM to donate in Canada.[39] Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor mandate includes developing a 'long-term vision' for blood services that is 'non-discriminatory in donation policies.' The health minister’s office says that Minister Petitpas Taylor will work toward donation policies that “are not based on who you are or who your sexual partners are,” all the while ensuring the “safety and security of Canada’s blood supply.”[40] Despite Liberals promise, Health Minister Jane Philpott's mandate letter did not include references to MSM blood deferral policy.[41]

See also[edit]

  • Harvey Milk
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • LGBT rights in Canada
  • Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir
  • Men who have sex with men blood donor controversy


Category:human rights activists Category:LGBT rights activists from Canada Category:activists Category:Franco-Ontarian people Category:Living people


References[edit]

  1. "Mississauga Catholic school says no to Harvey Milk quote on GSA posters". Toronto, Canada: Daily Xtra. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. "Canadian high school student prohibited from hanging posters with Harvey Milk quote on campus". Toronto, Canada: FourTwoNine. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  3. "Mississauga student challenges Catholic board over Bill 13". Toronto, Canada: Metronews. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  4. "Mississauga French Catholic school blocks Harvey Milk quote from posters". Toronto, Canada: The Toronto Star. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  5. Reserved., . All Rights (24 April 2014). "Catholic school board responds to student's homophobia allegations".
  6. "Gay student accuses Mississauga high school of homophobia". Toronto, Canada: The Toronto Star. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  7. Strapagiel, Lauren (16 October 2014). "Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to hear teen's allegations of homophobia at Catholic school". canada.com.
  8. "Student fighting for GSA rights at Human Rights Tribunal". 21 October 2014.
  9. "Student files $25,000 suit against Ontario high school". Toronto, Canada: Daily Xtra. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  10. "Le CSDCC se défend d'avoir discriminé un élève". Toronto, Canada: Radio-Canada. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  11. "Catholic board denies student's claims of homophobia at Mississauga school". Toronto, Canada: Mississauga. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  12. "Human-rights tribunal probing student's complaints of homophobic discrimination". Toronto, Canada: The Globe and Mail. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  13. "Human-rights tribunal probing student's complaints of homophobic discrimination". Toronto, Canada: PinkNews. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  14. "Un élève gai porte plainte contre son école pour discrimination – Être magazine". www.etre.net.
  15. "Former Catholic school student's complaints of homophobia settled just before human rights hearing". Toronto, Canada: The National Post. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  16. "Canada: Student appears at Human Rights Tribunal over Catholic school homophobia". Toronto, Canada: PinkNews. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  17. "Catholic school board settles human rights complaint". Toronto, Canada: DailyXtra. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  18. "Jer's Vision brings weeklong GSA forum to Toronto". Toronto, Canada: DailyXtra. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  19. "Christopher Karas accused school of thwarting attempts to set up GSA - Metro News". Toronto, Canada: Metronews. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  20. "National GSA youth forum comes to Toronto". Toronto, Canada: DailyXtra. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  21. "Student barred from using Harvey Milk quote unsatisfied with board's statement". Toronto, Canada: Daily Xtra. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  22. "Gay men abstinent for a year cleared by Health Canada to donate blood". Toronto, Canada: CBC. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  23. "Health Canada reduces celibacy period for gay men to give blood to one year". Toronto, Canada: The Globe and Mail. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  24. "Health Canada reduces deferral period for sexually active gay men to one year". Toronto, Canada: Macleans. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  25. "Trudeau government promises to end ban on gay men donating blood". Toronto, Canada: Global News. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  26. "Why this gay man may be barred from saving his ailing grandfather". Toronto, Canada: DailyXtra. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  27. "Justin Trudeau 'disappointed' by continued gay blood ban". Toronto, Canada: DailyXtra. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  28. "'They're being handcuffed': Gay activist files rights complaint over blood-donation wait time". Toronto, Canada: CBC. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  29. "This Man Has Filed A Human Rights Complaint Over Canada's Gay Blood Ban". Toronto, Canada: BuzzFeed News. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  30. "Exclusion du don du sang : un jeune Canadien porte plainte". Toronto, Canada: TÊTU. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  31. "Plainte contre l'interdiction de donner du sang pour les homosexuels". Toronto, Canada: TVA Nouvelles. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  32. "Blood ban policy unchanged as Trudeau prepares to apologize to LGBTQ Canadians". Toronto, Canada: Metronews. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  33. "Sorry, Justin. Your apology to LGBTQ people doesn't let you off the hook". Toronto, Canada: The National Post. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  34. "How Canada's historic apology to LGBT people falls short". Toronto, Canada: DailyXtra. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  35. "After LGBTQ2 Apology, NDP Presses Trudeau To Scrap Blood Ban For Gay Men". Toronto, Canada: Huffington Post. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  36. "State-sanctioned LGBTQ discrimination continues, advocates say". Toronto, Canada: City News. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  37. "Justin Trudeau apologizes for 'tragic act' that targeted LGBTQ workers in civil service". Toronto, Canada: The Toronto Star. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  38. "PM Trudeau apologizes for LGBTQ discrimination by federal agencies". Toronto, Canada: CTV News. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  39. "Feds' LGBTQ adviser says ending gay blood ban will take time". Toronto, Canada: CTV News. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  40. "End of blood ban for gay men could be on horizon in wake of new mandate letters". Toronto, Canada: Hill Times. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  41. "Are Liberals backing away from promise to end gay blood ban?". Toronto, Canada: DailyXtra. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2017.

External links[edit]

Official website


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