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Michiko Bown-Kai (user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual straight readers on 14/05/2014 tagged with gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation, religion, marriage / civil unions +5
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Hi there,

Just wanted to share the words from our Moderator of the United Church of Canada, Gary Paterson, in honour of the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It can be found at the following link:

English:
http://www.united-church.ca/communications/news/releases/140512
http://www.united-church.ca/files/communications/news/releases/140512_letter.pdf

Bonjour! Je suis content a presenter une lettre overte du
modérateur de l'Eglise Unie de Canada, Gary Paterson. Cette lettre présente un message qu’il espère être entendu par la communauté LGBT.

French:
http://www.united-church.ca/fr/communications/news/releases/140512
http://www.united-church.ca/fr/files/communications/news/releases/140512_letter.pdf


Michiko Bown-Kai
Program Coordinator: Racial Justice, Gender Justice, and LGBTQ Justice
United Church of Canada
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Stephen (user currently living in CANADA) posted for bisexual readers on 05/05/2014 tagged with tourism, gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation
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The FLUID Kickstarter campaign is down to its last 3 days - don't miss your chance to support bisexual art in a first of its kind exhibition. If you are able, please donate, and if you can't, please share the link. http://kck.st/1fqR9Cg -- every little bit helps. FLUID is a part of the upcoming WorldPride 2014 Toronto celebrations.

For more information you can check out http://fluid2014.wordpress.com.
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Stephen (user currently living in CANADA) posted for bisexual readers on 17/04/2014 tagged with tourism, sexual orientation
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FLUID is an exhibition of bisexual photographers that will be taking place during Toronto's upcoming WorldPride celebrations. Currently there is a Kickstarter campaign which is at 42% of its fundraising target after only nine days. FLUID has until May 8th to reach our target. Each and every donation is very much appreciated and helps towards our final goal. FLUID actually takes place from June 5th to July 2nd at Project Gallery in Toronto.
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Feel free to share this with your friends and your social networks. Tweet it! Tumblr it! Post about it on Facebook! Bisexual visibility has never been more important. You can go to http://kck.st/1jpnzvz to donate.

For more information:
fluid2014.wordpress.com
www.facebook.com/FLUID2014
twitter.com/FLUID_toronto
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Stephen (user currently living in CANADA) posted for bisexual readers on 02/03/2014 tagged with gender identity, sexual orientation
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Hi, my name is Stephen, from Toronto. My partner is organizing a call for submissions for bi* identified photographers for "FLUID" - (bisexual/queer/pansexual/fluid/omnisexual/two spirit/don't-label-me & other non-exclusively straight or non-exclusively gay identities) -- photo exhibit planned for June 2014, for WorldPride (Toronto, Canada). We are interested in seeing a variety of photo based work (digital, collage, analog, historical process) and experimental works. More info on theme / how to enter is on our blog: http://fluid2014.wordpress.com. Deadline for submissions is April 1st. You can contact Catherine at fluidtoronto@gmail.com with questions or for more info!
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(user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 07/11/2011 +0
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Is this an acceptable comment to make about a teenage boy????
What if a straight person made a similar comment about a gay person, would there be backlash from the gay community???
Very disrespectful and she should appologize!

http://perezhilton.com/2011-11-06-kd-lang-thinks-justin-bieber-looks-like-a-lesbian#respond
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Sometimes the best action is no action;other times the best action is teaching by example. If one is oppressive then one is oppressed. Do we fight, do we flight? Out the oppressor if you want to be Out; report the security guard, write an editorial, publicize the employer. It may make no difference then again it may. Recommended reading: Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mendela biography). Recommended film; The Accused (based on a true story)
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As an ESL/EFL educator, I yearned to create a safe education environment, to deliver curriculum inclusive of GLBT global culture. While Canada as a whole is making progress in this area, smaller less urbanized less culturalized communties are still oppressed thus discriminate GLBT teachers, students and incorporation of related curriculum. While teaching in a rural Canadian public university, I felt extremely oppressed, fearful for my job and my students. My goal is to teach, to educate through example. Canada's laws and legislated policies exists to protect all yet falls short of their true mandate. All human rights and equality depend on education, hope and courage. We,the educators and learners need to feel safe in our educational environment,need to feel free to experience a safe education in a fair playing field. Rather than wait, rather than fight, I have adopted a holistic approach to ESL/EFL -a virtual global teach and learn community that is accepting, fosters choice and embraces differneces among All People from All Nations. We must make it better, we must erase hate, we must advocate, we must EDUCATE; ours is the legacy that we leave to the future.
"The measure of one’s character is not what they get from their ancestors,but what they leave their descendants." ~ AU
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An Intersex Human (user currently living in CANADA) posted for transgender bisexual intersex readers on 12/06/2010 +0
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In British Columbia, Canada, intersex people who go to the clinics that are supposedly for LGBT (and I) get targeted by gangs involved with prostitution.

They get targeted AT THE CLINIC. Someone on the inside tips off the gangs that they have an appointment, and they get tailed when they leave it and are then targets.

There are NO specialists for Intersexuality in BC.

It took me 8 months of DEMANDING to get a karotype test.

People have targeted me in my home, shortly after I visited the clinic, and no one else knew of the condition.

The police don't investigate hate crimes in BC. Only 2 people have ever been charged in the last 15 years.

Vancouver is one of the top 3 destinations for pedophiles, what people overlook is that all conditions that are fetishized are also cause for being targeted as a victim.

Caroline Wheeler was trying to get specialists for intersex people to get proper care. Her plane was sabotaged, and her murder was called an accident.
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Val (user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 20/04/2010 tagged with lgbt families, laws and leadership , marriage / civil unions
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I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. LGBT activism is alive and well here. Queer folks in Nova Scotia have been very brave over the past 20 years or so with coming out and insisiting upon change. Nova Scotia was one of the first provinces in Canada to have the Domestic Partner Registry System which gay or straight couples could use to register their common law relationships and be afforded some of the benefits of a legally recognized couple. A few years later, all Canadians were given the full and legal right to marry.
I have lived in Ontario and Newfoundland as well. I came out at 28 with two small children. There were challenges along the way of educating teachers, doctors, etc. My children found it quite amusing at times and frustrating at other times. They often wished for a gay friendly community, especially in the suburbs. They could see it in big city downtown areas but not in suburbia in the 80's. I have never hidden the fact that I am a lesbian (once I realized it myself) and have had almost all positive experiences. No one has ever had the courage to say anything negative to me. I am a strong woman. Many people have said thanks for opening their eyes on GLBT issues. My children are grown now and my daughter is lesbian as well. It is our normal and we love our country. Over the last couple of years, I have met lesbian couples who have moved from other countries in the world because of our right to marry and for other great reasons to live in Canada.
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Q Hall of Fame (user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 26/02/2010 tagged with human rights +5
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Q Hall of Fame Canada announces official launch of public nominations
 
Vancouver, BC - On February 19th, 2010, Canada’s LGBT Human Rights Hall of Fame, Q Hall of Fame, is proud to officially launch their website and the public nomination process as promised at the inaugural event in 2009.

“This is the natural progression of a dream that started in 2009 and now the community can actively participate in that dream,” commented Paul Therien, Founder and Chair of the Q Hall of Fame. “We made a commitment to the community that our inductees would come from a public nomination process, and we can now proudly say that is happening.”

Inductees are chosen via a ‘blind’ selection committee who review the nominations based strictly on the merits of their contribution as opposed to who the nominee is.

“We mandated that the Hall of Fame would be unbiased and non partisan. Although that can be challenging, we will endeavor to adhere to that as best we can,” Therien stated. “Our goal is that all inductees are entered into the Hall of Fame based strictly on the work they have done for the community.”

Therien encourages all members of the community, no matter where they are located in the nation, to participate.

“We want to hear from all across Canada, not just people in the major centers. That is why we decided to go with a simplified online nomination process – it needs to be accessible to everyone.”
 
Inductees are role models. not just for members of the LGBT community, but for all Canadians. The Q Hall of Fame inductees are a true source of pride, admiration, and dignity for us all. It is through the vision and accomplishments of such pioneers that future generations may better understand and embrace our community and culture.
 
Over the years, inductees have become persons of great achievement in the LGBT community making significant efforts to ensure our collective freedoms. Their extensive work with human rights and charitable organizations has garnered the widespread public support of fellow citizens and tremendous admiration by their peers.
 
Q Ball, the official induction ceremony and black tie event will be held Sunday August 01, 2010 Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina in Vancouver.

Tickets are $100 in advance and scheduled to be released in in the spring.

For more info and to nominate your hero, please visit www.qhalloffame.ca
ABOUT THE Q HALL OF FAME:

The QHall of Fame is a national resource headquartered in Vancouver to house and commemorate the diverse history of the LGBT community. The Hall of Fame is about both honouring those who have pioneered the rights of the LGBT community and documenting and remembering the accomplishments and lives of these amazing people. Inductees are selected by an independent committee from nominations received from people across the country.

www.qhalloffame.ca
 
ABOUT Q BALL:
Q BALL is the annual fundraising event and Q Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Although it is being hosted in Vancouver in its first two years, it is the goal of the Hall of Fame that Q BALL travel across Canada.

As Q Ball travels across the country, its goal is to raise much needed funds for local community groups in the host city.

www.qhalloffame.ca
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Matt (user currently living in CANADA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 23/01/2010 +5
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Hello, my name is Matt Tallon. I am a queer student of sociology and activist. Currently I attend Trent University in Peterborough Ontario. Originally I'm from a small city in north-western Ontario called Thunder Bay. In 2009 the queer community of Thunder Bay was rocked by a brutal attack against Jake Raynard, a gay man who now lives in Toronto but was attacked while visiting his and my hometown. The community of my city was galvanised into action in response to this hate crime and staged a rally of support a week after the attack which happened in the beginning of September. Unfortunately, this rally in support of Jake and change for the hate that we see in our community was only to be met with the relative inaction of our police service which claimed in a press release that the crime against Jake was not hate related. This is hard to believe for our community specifically because it happened outside the only known queer-"friendly" bar in our city, was extremely violent and started with the yelling of homophobic slurs. That said, I feel it is time that the queer community of my city "upped the ante" with a larger protest wherein people would not feel as if they need to respond to violence to show that they are proud of who they are and that they deserve respect.

It is for this reason that I am starting to plan a Pride Day in my city. This is exciting because it will be the first event of its kind in the expansive region between Winnipeg and Toronto. So far, I have a group of people with me willing to help me plan this as well as connections to performers and artists elsewhere in Canada to make this a truly fun and unforgettable event that cannot be ignored by our media, our police service, our province, and our larger community.

Since I have at my fingertips ample public space in my city to be used, as well as speakers, performance artists and people to make this event a success the only problem I continue to face in meeting this goal is a lack of help from organisations such as yours as well as funding. This is the reason I am writing this message. If there is any help or funding you can provide me to meet this truly needed end it would be extremely appreciated. Furthermore, it must be noted that I am not simply asking for help and money just to have help and money. I understand that help and money does not come for free thus I do plan to ask all those in attendance at this event to make donations, some of which will come back to you for your efforts. Likewise I plan to advertise, for free, all businesses and organisations that support us.

The primary goal I wish to achieve with this funding is to have advertisements for this event in towns and cities outside of Thunder Bay to assure that this event will be the biggest possible for an area like ours. Also, I will need to pay the performers at this event, especially those who need to travel, and the hotel that I will book in advance for them. Paying for the lodging of the performers should not be too costly as I will assure them free advertising during the event, in posters and in print for any and all of the media that will attend this ground breaking event as well.

Please take this request for help into consideration as I do feel that my city really needs an event such as this.

Best,

Matt
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