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Thank you to Ron White and the White Knight Gala team for donating a part of the proceeds from their gala to support Egale’s Safe Schools Campaign.
Egale recently received Canada Summer Jobs funding and was able to hire a Development Co-ordinator and an Outreach and Events Co-ordinator to support Egale’s work.
With the support of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Canada, Egale produced a postcard during Black History Month, highlighting the contributions of queer black activist Faith Nolan.
RHVP in Alberta – Egale was in Alberta in early June to train police from Lethbridge, Taber and Calgary as part of the Report Homophobic Violence, Period Program. While in the province, our Executive Director met with the Alberta Division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who expressed interest in the program. This latest round of training coincided with the release by Statistics Canada of updated statistics on hate crimes in Canada, indicating that crimes motivated by sexual orientation are still on the rise with 74% being violent in nature.
Every Class in Every School – The Egale Canada Human Rights Trust produced the groundbreaking ‘Final Report on Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia in Canadian Schools’ that laid down fundamental statistical evidence for the enormous scale and scope of LGBT bullying in Canadian schools.
Egale to Argue Whatcott Case before Supreme Court of Canada – Egale will be arguing that the same constitutional standard must be applied to legislation when it prohibits discriminatory acts based on sexual orientation as on any other prohibited ground. Hate against the LGBT community cannot be more permissible under the law than hate against any other group.
Egale at Pride – Egale was at Pride Festivals in Edmonton, Saskatoon and Kingston this past June. Look for our booths in Toronto, London, Vancouver, Windsor, Montreal, Ottawa and many other cities this summer. Be sure to stop by to say “hello” and to pick up a rainbow bracelet.
National GSA Summit 2013 – Egale has partnered with the Toronto District School Board to host Canada’s first ever national conference for gay-straight alliances on May 25th – 27th, 2013. The summit aims to assist students in networking with their peers and sharing ideas on engaging programming for their gay-straight alliances. Egale is working hard to ensure that bursaries are provided to the students who are most in need of financial support.
Equity and Inclusive Education Resource Kit for Ontario High Schools – This spring, we launched the MyGSA.ca Equity and Inclusive Education Resource Kit for Ontario High Schools. This kit is the go-to document for resources regarding the creation and maintenance of safer and more inclusive school communities in Ontario. With sections for youth, educators, counselors, administrators, it is essential reading. Kits for Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Alberta are in the process of development.
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Rainbow Cupcakes – St. Joseph Catholic High School recently banned the appearance of any rainbows on posters, signs and baked goods, stating that the rainbow is ‘associated with Pride’. Furthermore, the school prevented students from donating bake sale proceeds to the LGBT Youth Line or any other LGBT charitable organizations.
United Nations Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – On Friday, June 17th, the Human Rights Council in Geneva narrowly passed the first UN resolution ever to specifically address human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution requests the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a study on violence and discrimination and calls for a panel discussion to be held at the HRC to consider appropriate follow-up.
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