Moving Forward for LGBTQ2 Canadians: A Pre-Election Statement

Context: On or before October 21 2019 Canada will conduct a federal election for the 43rd Canadian Parliament. Over the past five decades, our communities have seen ongoing progress regarding basic human rights and towards full inclusion in Canada society. Legal advances, including basic protections against discrimination and recognition of our relationships and families, have led to Canada being seen as a global leader in the advancement of human rights for sexual and gender minorities. However, there is still a long way to go to achieve true inclusion and acceptance. Many federal departments and agencies are now working to incorporate specific concerns and issues facing LGBTQ2 Canadians into public policy. No matter the results of the federal election, we are committed to moving forward on rights and equality for all LGBTQ2 Canadians.

Statement: We call on all political parties running in the Canadian Federal election to commit to ensuring that human rights for sexual and gender minorities are secure in Canada and that our communities continue to be reflected in all areas of federal policy, both domestic and international. There continue to be policy areas for Canada to improve in and we call on all future governments to continue to work with LGBTQ2 civil society organizations in moving forward to address issues that are still facing our communities.

This statement is being circulated by a number of coalitions and organizations across Canada including: the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Community Based Research Centre (CBRC), le Conseil québécois LGBT, Dignity Network, Enchanté: the LGBTQ2 Centres Network, Egale Canada, & Fierté Canada Pride.

The Fernie Pride Society has endorsed this statement and added our signature. 

Share Your Voice in an Advisory Group for the Canadian Trans & Non-Binary Youth Health Survey

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Under 25 years and live in a the Elk Valley or a rural area? Share Your Voice in an Advisory Group for the Canadian Trans & Non-Binary Youth Health Survey!

Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC) is looking for individuals to participate in the Canadian Trans & Non-Binary Youth Health Survey Advisory. They’re looking to youth to help shape a national report that will share the experiences of trans and non-binary youth.

There are seven youth advisory groups taking place across Canada. The team at SARAYVC is recruiting for British Columbia and rural/territories. You will be among the first to see the results of the survey, share your perspective, and help create social change alongside other teens.

For more information, or to express interest, please contact SARAVYC Research Assistant, Shannon Millar at shannon.millar@ubc.ca.

The advisory groups are open to individuals who:
**Are between ages 14 to 25
**Identify as trans or non-binary
**And live in Canada

Interested? Here’s more info about the groups.
—-Groups will include approximately 6-8 youth
–Each advisory group will meet 4 times during the 2019/2020 school year
–Each group session will be approximately 2 hours
–Each participant will receive an honorarium for every meeting they attend

Rural/Territories group info
–The rural/territories youth advisory group will meet via Skype
–Rural means anyone living outside of big city areas (i.e. Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Calgary)
–We are looking for youth who live in places with populations under 60,000 and do not visit big cities very often

AND check out the poster below for info on the upcoming Community Health Wellness Fair hosted by Trans Care BC!

Beers & Queers Summer Fun Time!

August PosterJoin Fernie Pride Society on Thursday, August 8 for an evening of outdoor summer fun followed by a casual gathering at The Valley Social! Meet at James White Park at 6:00pm for an hour of frisbee, picnicking, reading, or whatever you would like to do to relax in the sun with friends. Then head on up to The Valley Social at 7:30pm for our monthly Beers & Queers gathering! Snacks and nonalcoholic drinks provided. Others available to purchase. Thank you to EKCCU for supporting this event!

Beers & Queers Puppies and Pints

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Join Fernie Pride Society on Thursday, July 11 at 6pm for an hour of puppy power at the Railyard Dog Park in Fernie! Find the rainbow for a treat for your 4-legged friend and then head on over to the Valley Social at 7:30pm for our monthly Beers & Queers gathering! All are welcome but please remember to drop Fido off at home before heading to the Valley Social! See you there!

B&Q and Rainbow Family Picnic

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Saturday, June 15th at 4:00 pm Beers & Queers is partnering with the Knox United Church to host a family and friends picnic at Fernie’s Rotary Park! Hot dogs, hamburgers, pop, etc will be provided. If you are able to please bring a potluck dish to share; if you aren’t able there are lots of burgers to go around so don’t be shy! (Please indicate if ingredients include gluten, nuts etc for the comfort of those with food allergies.)

Come join the games, relay races and contests to win some fun prizes! It’s a great opportunity for people in the LGBTQ community to bring their family and friends together for a fun day in the park.

Handy items to bring: camping chair for your comfort, hat, sunblock, your gorgeous self!

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Since 2005, May 17th has been dedicated to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, marking the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

It constitutes an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT2QI+ people internationally.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is not one centralised campaign; rather it is a moment that everyone can take advantage of to take action.

Although progress has been made in the last decade, a good deal of work still needs to be done to ensure basic rights for everyone. That’s why the fight against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia has to continue.

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