🇨🇦 The Story of Orange Shirt Day

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I support the indigenous people everywhere on the planet. ~ Edward James Olmos

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Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. This project was the vision of Esketemc (Alkali Lake) Chief Fred Robbins, who is a former student himself.  It brought together former students and their families from the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, Southern Dakelh and St’at’imc  Nations along with the Cariboo Regional District, the Mayors and municipalities, School Districts and civic organizations in the Cariboo Region.

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The events were designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.  Chief Justice Murray Sinclair challenged all of the participants to keep the reconciliation process alive, and as a result of the realization that every former student had similar stories.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of this project.  As spokesperson for the Reunion group leading up to the events, former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl.

The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from 2013-09-30-09-19-18_2their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

It all started right here in the Cariboo, and as a result, School District No. 27 has been chosen by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) to pilot curriculum changes for all Grade 5 and Grade 10 students reflecting the residential school experience, to be implemented province-wide.

Resolutions have been passed in support of Orange Shirt Day by local governments, school districts, and First Nations in the Cariboo and beyond.  Most recently the AFN Chiefs-in-Council passed a resolution declaring Orange Shirt Day “a first step in reconciliation”, and pledging to bring the message home as well as to the government of Canada and the churches responsible.

On this day of September 30th, we call upon humanity to listen with open ears to the stories of survivors and their families, and to remember those that didn’t make it.

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🏳️‍🌈 LGBT History Month 2018

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“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”–President Barack Obama

October is LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. LGBT History Month content and videos can now be viewed easily on any device: phone, tablet, or desktop computer.

Visit the website and be sure to return on OCTOBER 1. A new LGBT Icon is introduced each day of the month with a video, bio and downloadable resources. Embed the video player in your own website or blog and share the celebration with your visitors.

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Search the entire LGBT History Month database of over 400 Icons since 2006, by name, year, alphabetically or from a cloud of more than 150 tags, such as Academy Award, African-American, Author, Composer, Politics and Transgender.

About LGBT History Month

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How It Works

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources.

Background

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.

Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and other national organizations. In 2006 Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBT History Month.

Celebrate Our Heritage

The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions.

About Equality Forum

Equality Forum is a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit. For more information, visit www.equalityforum.com.

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🇨🇦 2018 MMVAs – Full Nominations List

Header“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein

The 2018 Much Music Video Awards are just around the corner and adding to the excitement is the official release of the MMVAs nominations list. There’s a whole lotta love for some of our fave artists like Drake, Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande & Johnny Orlando to name a few!

Let us know who you think will take home the trophies by tweeting us @umusic.

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Check out the full MMVAs nominations list below.

BEST ROCK/ALTERNATIVE ARTIST OR GROUP

Arcade Fire
Arkells
Chvrches
Foo Fighters
Imagine Dragons
Portugal. The Manshawn

BEST POP ARTIST OR GROUP

Alessia Cara
Camila Cabello
Ed Sheeran
Halsey
Meghan Trainor
Shawn Mendes

BEST EDM/DANCE ARTIST OR GROUP

Calvin Harris
Kygo
Loud Luxury
Marshmello
Sofi Tukker
Zedd

BEST HIP HOP ARTIST OR GROUP

Cardi B
Childish Gambino
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
The Carters

BEST DIRECTOR

Director: Arturo Perez Jr.
Title: Say Something
Artist: Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton

Director: Hiro Murai
Title: This Is America
Artist: Childish Gambino

Director: Jay Martin
Title: In My Blood
Artist: Shawn Mendes

Director: Karena Evans
Title: God’s Plan
Artist: Drake

Director: Karena Evans
Title: Nice For What
Artist: Drake

Director: Ricky Saiz
Title: Apes**t
Artist: The Carters

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Artist: Ariana Grande
Title: no tears left to cry

Artist: Childish Gambino
Title: This Is America

Artist: Drake
Title: God’s Plan

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Artist: Halsey
Title: Bad At Love

 

Artist: Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
Title: 1-800-273-8255

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: In My Blood

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes

SONG OF THE SUMMER

Artist: Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line
Title: Meant To Be

Artist: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Title: I Like It

Artist: Drake
Title: Nice For What

Artist: Loud Luxury ft. brando
Title: Body

Artist: Marshmello ft. Anne-Marie
Title: FRIENDS

Artist: Zedd ft. Maren Morris & Grey
Title: The Middle

BEST COLLABORATION

Artist: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Title: Meant To Be

Artist: Kendrick Lamar & SZA
Title: All The Stars

Artist: Marshmello & Anne-Marie
Title: FRIENDS

Artist: Shawn Mendes & Khalid
Title: Youth

Artist: The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
Title: Pray For Me

Artist: Zedd ft. Maren Morris & Grey
Title: The Middle

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NEW CITY
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The Beaches

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FAN FAVE ARTIST

Alessia Cara
Camila Cabello
Ed Sheeran
Halsey
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

FAN FAVE DUO OR GROUP

5 Seconds of Summer
BTS
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Sofi Tukker
The Chainsmokers

FAN FAVE VIDEO

Artist: Alessia Cara
Title: Growing Pains

Artist: Childish Gambino
Title: This Is America

Artist: Drake
Title: God’s Plan

Artist: Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid
Title: 1-800-273-8255

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: In My Blood

Artist: The Carters
Title: Apes**t

FAN FAVE SINGLE

Artist: Ariana Grande
Title: no tears left to cry

Artist: Camila Cabello
Title: Havana

Artist: Ed Sheeran
Title: Perfect

Artist: Post Malone ft. 21 Savage
Title: rockstar

Artist: Selena Gomez ft. Marshmello
Title: Wolves

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: In My Blood

FAN FAVE NEW ARTIST

Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Dua Lipa
Hayley Kiyoko
Kris Wu
Why Don’t We

FAN FAVE MUCH CREATOR

Candace Leca
Christian Cantelon / Sneakertalk
Dan Rodo / The Danocracy
Jaclyn Forbes
Mike On Much Podcast
The Baker Twins

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🇨🇦 Johnny Orlando – Singer, Songwriter, B.P Artist of the Month

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“I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy. Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing.” – Rod Stewart

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2017 was the start of some big moves for Johnny Orlando. After a few years of regional buzz, the Canadian 15-year-old made a true breakthrough, with “Missing You,”“The Most” and “Everything” turning lots of heads. The singer, who got his start at the age of eight by posting covers on YouTube and has amassed an impressive social media following, exploded into a pro with almost 3.5 Million YouTube subscribers. 2018 has marked another leap. The Ontario native is trying his hand at acting in the witchy Web series ‘Total Eclipse,’ which also features his pal Mackenzie Ziegler and sister Lauren Orlando. He’s put his spin on songs by everyone from Austin Mahone to Matisyahu, but we had him into Vevo to do a pair of tunes of his own, “Last Summer” and “What If.” The dude who fell in love with music as a child when his parents played Counting Crows nonstop sounds great in both of his performances. Be sure to share ’em with other Orlando zealots.

The Canadian teen started with covers of everyone from to Austin Mahone to Matisyahu, and now fans are loving his own music. Share our exclusive live performances of “What If” and “Last Summer” with other Johnny fans! check’em Johnny Orlando – Official Performances

“Last Summer” by Johnny Orlando available now!

#LastSummer out now everywhere! so excited to share this with the world, this is only the beginning stream/download: Johnny Orlando link to “Last Summer”

Exclusive: Johnny Orlando Spills Why ‘Last Summer’ Is His Favorite Song He’s Written

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Johnny Orlando performs What If live at the 2018 WE Day in Toronto, Canada.
What If is Johnny’s own song released earlier this year as a duet with Mackenzie Ziegler.
Here he performs a special live solo version for the Toronto WE Day audience.

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Aug 18 Zurich 
Aug 20 Amsterdam 
Aug 22 Brno 
Aug 23 Budapest 
Aug 24 Bratislava 
Aug 26 Warsaw 

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Liverpool United Kingdom August 3 – 5, 2018

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Johnny Orlando did an amazing acoustic live performance of What If backstage at the CBBC Summer Social for Saturday Mash-Up!
Canadian Johnny Orlando posted his first music video on YouTube at the age of 8, as a one-off for family and friends, but such were the views and response from a much wider audience that he continued to post and quickly started building a fan base.
Johnny has since gone on to release singles which have charted on iTunes and has performed live to thousands of fans on tour. His YouTube subscribers now, at the age of just 15, have grown to over 3 million.
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Find out more on Johnny’s website: https://www.johnnyorlandomusic.com/

Day #1 – Johnny Orlando performs live on the main stage at the CBBC Summer Social in Croxteth Park, Liverpool, UK.
Johnny performs Shawn Mendes’ In My Blood and his own songs Missing You, Thinking About You, Everything, and The Most.

Click here or Watch Johnny’s live performance or watch it below

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Day #3 – Johnny Orlando and Mackenzie Ziegler perform together at the CBBC Summer Social.

Johnny and Kenzie perform two duets, What If and Day & Night, in front a young crowd in Liverpool, and broadcast live across the UK on the CBBC TV channel.

Click here or Watch Johnny and Mackenzie’s live performance or watch it below

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Johnny Orlando on stage at the CBBC Summer Social.

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 Johnny Orlando Nominated at iHeart Radio Music Video Awards for:

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“Best New Canadian Artist”

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Johnny Orlando @johnnyorlando – my MMVA category is not fan voted, it is chosen by Much Music / iHeart Radio. but thank u guys for always being ready to support.

 2018 MMVAs – Full Nominations List Click Here

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Big things to come for the 15 year old

Born in Mississauga, Ontario in 2003, Johnny Orlando created his YouTube channel at the age of eight with the help of his sister where he began posting covers of pop songs. Fast Welcome Johnnyforward seven years and his channel now boasts over 3 million subscribers. His Twitter is edging in on the million mark and his Instagram is followed by over 5 million loyal fans.

While anything Johnny does is pretty much swoon-worthy in the eyes of his fans, it’s his covers that are guaranteed to convert you into one of those fans. The proof is in the numbers – some videos have seen nearly 40 million views. He’s covered many artists, such as Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Drake, Justin Bieber and more.

His latest cover of Shawn Mendes’ new song “In My Blood” is SO good. Check it out:

In 2017, Johnny co-headlined a sold-out tour with none other than Dance Moms alum, and one of his best friends, Mackenzie Ziegler, and the pair have since rosesannounced European dates for this summer. But it’s not all about covers, following the announcement of his signing to Umusic, Johnny released his new single “What If” with Mackenzie.

We’re going ahead and saying this just may be your song of the summer. It’s not only super catchy, but totally relatable. It’s about what it’s like to be crushing on a close friend and wondering what it would be like if the friendship became something more. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

Watch “What If” now:

This is just the beginning for 15 year old Johnny Orlando and there’s so much more to come. Loving Johnny and his new song? Let us know over on Twitter @umusic.

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LGBT people discriminating against LGBT people. What?!

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As a survivor I endorse Stonewall’s statement as I have experienced the same faith, over the course of a lifetime of bystanders and as recent as 2017! leaving me broken, abused, disabled and alone, the silence was the loudest word I ever heard! ~ Terry.K

We knew discrimination within the LGBT community was a problem. Now we know how widespread of an issue it really is.

lgbt_in_britain_communities_web_graphics51 per cent of black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people have faced discrimination or poor treatment from the wider LGBT community. For black LGBT people in particular, the situation is even worse: 61 per cent have experienced discrimination from other LGBT people.

And that barely scratches the surface. Bi and trans people, as well as LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith, experience significant rates of discrimination from within the LGBT community.

LGBT in Britain: Home and Communities investigates the experiences of LGBT people at home, in LGBT communities and in their faith communities, and makes recommendations on how we can all come out for all LGBT people.

Stonewall’s LGBT in Britain – Home and Communities research report highlights deep challenges for the LGBT community, with alarming levels of racism experienced by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) LGBT people, and a significant proportion of trans people, bi people, LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith feeling excluded within the LGBT community.

The research also shows persistent challenges for LGBT people feeling comfortable being open about their sexual orientation or gender identity with their friends and family:

  • Half of BAME LGBT people (51 per cent) face discrimination within the LGBT community.
  • More than a third of trans people (36 per cent), one in eight LGBT disabled people whose activities are ‘limited a lot’ (13 per cent), and one in five LGBT people of non-Christian faith (21 per cent) say they’ve experienced discrimination from within the community because of different parts of their identities.
  • Only half of lesbian, gay and bi people (46 per cent) and trans people (47 per cent) feel able to be open about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity to their whole family.
  • A third of bi people (32 per cent) say they cannot be open about their sexual orientation with anyone in their family.  

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Read our latest blog post about why preventing different-sex couples from having civil partnerships is not compatible with equality laws. Abolishing civil partnerships is not an option.

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🇺🇸 Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List 2018

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Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyways. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Barack Obama’s 2018 Summer Reading List 

I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss “The Americans” – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer:

Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging, by Alex Wagner
I once wrote a book on my own search for identity, so I was curious to see what Alex, daughter of a Burmese mother and Iowan Irish-Catholic father – and a friend of mine – discovered during her own. What she came up with is a thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are – the search for harmony between our own individual identities and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans.

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It’s six years old now, but still a timely and smart discussion of how different cities and regions have made a changing economy work for them – and how policymakers can learn from that to lift the circumstances of working Americans everywhere.

Why Liberalism Failed, by Patrick Deneen
In a time of growing inequality, accelerating change, and increasing disillusionment with the liberal democratic order we’ve known for the past few centuries, I found this book thought-provoking. I don’t agree with most of the author’s conclusions, but the book offers cogent insights into the loss of meaning and community that many in the West feel, issues that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril.

“The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy,” by Matthew Stewart, The Atlantic
Another thought-provoking analysis, this one about how economic inequality in America isn’t just growing, but self-reinforcing – and what that means for education, health, happiness, even the strength of our democracy.

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History, by Mitch Landrieu
A few years ago, I eulogized the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was slain by a white supremacist in his church in Charleston, South Carolina. And I’ll never forget something Clem said while he was alive: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history. We haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.” That’s something Mitch takes to heart in this book, while grappling with some of the most painful parts of our history and how they still live in the present. It’s an ultimately optimistic take from someone who believes the South will rise again not by reasserting the past, but by transcending it.

“Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life,” by Jennifer Kavanagh and Michael D. Rich, RAND Corporation
The title is self-explanatory, but the findings are very interesting. A look at how a selective sorting of facts and evidence isn’t just dishonest, but self-defeating to a society that has always worked best when reasoned debate and practical problem-solving thrive.

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🇨🇦 The Smiling Land Foundation

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The greatest self is a peaceful smile, that always sees the world smiling back. 

~ Bryant H. McGill

Smiling Land Foundation is a national registered charity and consists of ordinary people with extraordinary plans and the hearts to match. The Board of  Directors are proud Newfoundland and Labradorians who have come together to spread joy to the province they love, most of whom reside in other parts of Canada. 

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The Foundation strives to spread Canada’s warm and welcoming East Coast culture and spirit through the Rockin’ Big Give fundraiser, held in Toronto and St. John’s, in support of charities in Newfoundland and Labrador. This one-of-a-kind party caters to an adult audience looking for a uniquely east coast cultural celebration while contributing to a worthwhile cause.

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Since its inception in 2008, the Smiling Land Foundation has contributed funds to charities “back home” in Newfoundland and Labrador. To date, the foundation has donated in excess of $1.4 million supporting Daffodil Place, Ronald McDonald House, Vera Perlin Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John’s, Young Parents Association, Rainbow Riders, Special Olympics, Health Care Foundation, the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre, the Home from the Sea Sealers Memorial in Elliston, LSPU Hall, the Nunatsiavut Government’s Torngat Mountains Basecamp Youth Leadership Program and the Froude Avenue Community Centre.

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🇨🇦 The Making of TerkinByDesign

 

“Yes it will be a grace if I die. To exist is pain. Life is no desire of mine anymore.”  ― Sophocles, Electra

To start off and jump right in, it’s been awhile since I have done a post here, especially in my own words, but this story has been called upon to be known.

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I have been asked many times why I do what I do, and why it matters to me, you don’t have any kids to worry about their future I’ve been told. Some even demanded I stop what I am doing, it’s none of my business very firmly.

I am sure that once you finish reading you will have a better understanding of why the fight for equality and equal rights for LGBTQI2SI people, these issues I hold close to my heart because I’ve been there and take the hatred sorta personal now.

I now consider the LGBTQI2SI community as a distinct society,  why? well to answer that I will have to take you back to 1979, when I was at the ripe age of 19.

A time when I’m not liking myself or the life ahead me very much, especially after witnessing what the local town folk referred to as the town queer being beaten by youth many times and how they enjoyed it, but myself no better to stand there and watch while the reality of what I would have to face was far to clear. I would pray as often as I could asking God to change me because I was terrified of what I was and life in general.

Towards the end of the year, late September I scored an Employment opportunity in Labrador City working as a payroll clerk in the mines for The Iron Ore Company of Canada (I.O.C) which temperately occupied my thoughts. I did not understand why I was not attracted to girls, not because I couldn’t get them, not to boast but I had lots to choose from but avoided all of them.

I was determined not to live a gay life and just decided I would forget all about it and started dating one of the my girls friends. But the attraction to boys does not go away, I found myself always looking at the boys and this made me hate myself even more because for the most part it was how I felt after a gay encounter, at which time swearing it would never happen again, so I can relate totally and understand completely why we are so ridiculed and rejected by society.

After a encounter with a first timer, also a friend, he himself had the same reaction which was not a good scene and lead to a pretty nasty fight. The next night at a party with some friends and having way to many beers I left the party alone and went to my sisters, well to my surprise the friend had paid my sister a visit and blamed me for forcing him to have sex, long story short he would end up my secret lover for many years to come until he contracted the HIV virus. Now living in the gay village in Toronto watching all my friends dying around me was the most trying time, I again wanted and was waiting to die. I decided to go back in the closet and left the village and moved to North York a Toronto suburb.

Anyway back to my sister’s place and that dreadful night, she was very upset and said she was going to call and tell our Mother, at that point I was sick to my stomach, I did not want anyone to know especially not my mother. I decided at that instance that I wanted to die and grabbed a knife that was just in front of me on the Kitchen counter top with a 8 inch blade and viciously rammed it into my abdomen (laymen terms Stomach).

Waking up three days later in hospital, wrapped from head to groin unable to move in a room with two other guys. It would be a week before I was back on my feet and another week before I was released. During the week I was bed ridden I got a visit from my brother in law, he said your sister is in this hospital too, a couple rooms down, I asked why, he replied, the trauma from you stabbing yourself in front of her, she had a miscarriage and turned around and left.

I believed that my punishment for failing was now beginning and now wished I was dead. The day before being released I had to see a psychiatrist, the first question he asked was, “Why did you try to kill yourself?” of course I lied, I would not dare tell him the truth. He responded by saying you are very lucky, I did not ever think it was possible, It is amazing how you managed to drive a 8 inch blade all the way into your abdomen and miss every organ causing no serious injury, your free to leave when ever you choose, I was ready and left for home from his office.

Upon arriving home, still living in Labrador City I called my mother whom was in Stephenville, told me to just come home. I returned home, found a girlfriend and was Married six months later, never to ever talk to anyone about what happened to date, and I woke up still not dead again today. 😀

So the moral of this story, it’s twice as hard for us to accept who we are then you, when you are hated for who you are, live means little, but with everything inside us we know 13521856_10153520444411890_1311783879739607533_nwe cannot change, left with only a few choices, live life to the fullest in the closet and marry, sneak around for a bit hoping not to be discovered , those of us that do not consider the closet an option will live an authentic life as who we are and fight to the dead, and the worst is sadly two many of us convinced or brainwashed hate who we are so much rejecting life turn to suicide. So the next time you meet or see someone from my community, try showing a little kindness and or respect , I don’t think that is really a lot to ask, with sincere Thanks for your understanding.

“I attempted Suicide, it failed – I got married, it failed – Then I started Fightin” – Terry.K

Article by Terry.K posted February 15, 2018

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🇨🇦 St. John’s Pride “Together”

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We are excited to announce today that Pride week 2018 will be July 16th-July 22nd, 2018. It is also today that we are announcing that the theme of this year’s Pride is “Together.”

08-17-2015-prideThe 2018 board of St. John’s Pride Inc. is working hard to bring you a pride that is bigger and better than ever. Hitting the ground running, we hope that we can keep this commitment to you.

Pride is a time to celebrate, memorialize, and rejuvenate as a community to continue the fight on our journey to equality for all LGBTQ2SI+ people here in Newfoundland and Labrador, across Canada, and throughout our global world.

This year it is time for the LGBTQ2SI+ community in St. John’s – and of course, this invitation extends to all those Newfoundlanders and Labradorians across the province, and wherever they might find themselves, as well as all of their merry friends – to simply come together.

Together, this year, as a community, we have achieved great successes:

Moral success in the form of an apology from the Government of Canada for the historical failings of successive Canadian governments and systemic persecution of LGBTQ2SI+ Canadians, as well as the largest settlement awarded for state wrongs towards the LGBT community in the world;

Legislative success with legislation being passed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to allow individuals to change their designation on a birth certificate to Homophobia-Now-That's-a-Choice-Rainbow-Pride-Barfemale, male or non-binary;

And electoral success when Virginia, former journalist Danica Roem, a Democrat, knocked off 13-term Republican state Del. Bob Marshall, Virginia’s self-proclaimed “chief homophobe,” and sponsor of the first notorious bathroom bill; Danica becoming the first openly transgender person elected and seated to a state legislature in the United States.

All of these things were achieved when communities came together, through the hard work of individuals who brought us these historic victories for LGBTQ2SI+ people everywhere. These are shining beacons of success, proof of what can happen when an engaged and supportive community comes together.

 

B Girl ValentinesThere are disagreements in our community, and differences in how we think that we should continue down our path to equality.

And while those differences are important to acknowledge, and discuss, and while pride is and always will be inherently political, our hand is extended in our work; in the organizing of St. John’s Pride week 2018, in coming together during this week, and, always, in supporting each other as a community, in our togetherness.

Whatever togetherness might mean to you, know that there is always room at our table, in our circle, and in our community for your Pride. Together we are stronger; together, as the LGBTQ2SI+ community, we are not simply better, but we are at our best.

We struggle together. We rise together. We are proud together.

Simply, Together.

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🇨🇦 Egale Centre

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Egale unveils plans to build and operate Canada’s first emergency and transitional housing facility exclusively dedicated to homeless LGBTIQ2S youth.

unnamedMay 31, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – Today, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) officially unveiled plans to build Egale Centre, Canada’s first and Toronto’s only facility that will combine the proven counselling services of Egale Youth Outreach with emergency and transitional housing exclusively dedicated to serving homeless LGBTIQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, questioning and Two Spirit) youth. When its doors open, Egale Centre promises to fundamentally transform the support services offered to Toronto’s LGBTIQ2S population.

To help mark this historic occasion, Helen Kennedy, Executive Director of Egale, was joined by Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray, Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and an exciting group of project partners, including:

  • Ed Clark, former President and CEO of TD Bank and co-chair of Egale Centre’s capital contributions campaign;

  • Glenn Pushelberg, partner at the internationally-celebrated design firm Yabu Pushelberg;

  • Mitchell Cohen, President of The Daniels Corporation, Canada’s preeminent builder and developer of residential and commercial communities across the GTA;

  • Paul Dowsett, principal architect at SUSTAINABLE.TO, a leading Canadian full-service sustainable architectural practice; and

  • Greg Spearn, President and CEO of Toronto Community Housing.

There is a clear and urgent need for a facility exclusively dedicated to homeless unnamed (2)LGBTIQ2S youth. Nearly one in four homeless youth in Toronto identify as LGBTIQ2S and, facing homophobia at home, they lack the traditional social supports necessary for the transition from childhood to adulthood. Once on the street, these same youth report being afraid to access mainstream shelters and housing for fear of physical, psychological and sexual violence. In response to these challenges, Egale Centre will be exclusively dedicated to homeless LGBTIQ2S youth.

Egale Centre will further distinguish itself from other shelters by incorporating the proven counselling services of Egale Youth Outreach, which has now been operating for over two years. In April 2014, Egale opened this crisis intervention and housing stabilization program to immediately begin addressing the needs of Toronto’s homeless LGBTIQ2S youth. The lessons learned from Egale Youth Outreach have helped shape the core of Egale Centre’s approach, design and operating plan.

At the unveiling, Mr. Clark revealed that Egale Centre has raised $8.7 million of its $10 million campaign goal. Funds have been contributed by a diverse number of people and organizations who shared the belief that Toronto’s homeless LGBTIQ2S youth require the safety, security and community that will be afforded by Egale Centre.

Egale Centre is expected to open its doors in fall 2017.

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“It is tremendously exciting to see so many distinguished voices and organizations coming together in support of Egale Centre. This is a one-of-a-kind project that will fundamentally transform and improve the support services available to LGBTQI2S youth in Toronto. On behalf of Egale, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to all who have contributed toward this important project.”

—Helen Kennedy, Executive Director, Egale Human Rights Trust

Article posted May 30, 2016 by Egale Human Rights Trust

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