Mercedes Allen

Mercedes Allen

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Mercedes Allen has been a Project Contributor since January 2008, has written 138 entries and currently lives in Southern Alberta, Canada.


Mercedes Allen is a professional graphic designer, writer and bisexual transsexual in a lesbian relationship. She has done advocacy related to Trans, LGB, Aboriginal issues, HIV, BDSM and sex work. Located in Southern Alberta, Canada, she started as a network to help foster and support trans communities within Alberta, as well as to provide information and training where requested. She is also a founding member of the Trans Equality Society of Alberta and blogs at

Mercedes Allen: Recently Filed

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Free Speech for Me; 'Shut-Up-and-Take-It' for You

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 22, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Trans people and sex workers are often the stuff of lurid sensationalism, cheap stand-up comedy, and demonization. Defending it all by crying 'freedom of speech' abdicates any responsibility to be conscientious about the harm one does to entire minorities.Read More


Sodom: Review of a Russian Anti-Gay Documentary

Filed by Mercedes Allen | October 31, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

"Sodom" presents itself as a sensational expose* of the sinister gay rights plot to forcibly transform society into one that accepts any and all evil, while eradicating truth, freedom, religion, and decency.Read More

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'Tranny,' Paths of Pain, and the Ownership of Language

Filed by Mercedes Allen | June 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

I am no longer interested in this argument about language. While I recognize that there is genuinely a path of pain that some people have regarding the word "tranny," sometimes it's really about disdain.Read More

Could Canada's Anti-Sex Work Bill Stifle LGBT Speech?

Filed by Mercedes Allen | June 16, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

A proposed bill in Canada that targets sex workers also contains a poison pill that could be used to stifle LGBT and sex-positive speech.Read More

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Keeping Safe at the Corner of LGBT* and BDSM

Filed by Mercedes Allen | June 10, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

No matter where you fall on the dominant/submissive spectrum, you have a right to (and a need for) personal autonomy and personal fulfillmentRead More