🇨🇦 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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Serving our Youth 2015: The Needs and Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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Praise-You-nun-pray-saint-smiley-emoticon-000709-huge“The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.” *Mother Teresa*

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This report summarizes findings from the 2014 LGBTQ Homeless Youth Provider Survey, a survey of 138 youth homelessness human service agency providers conducted from March 2014 through June 2014 designed to better understand homelessness among LGBTQ youth. This report updates a similar report based on a survey conducted in 2011 (see the previous study).

storeThis new survey was designed to obtain greater detail on the similar and distinct experiences of sexual minority (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning) and gender minority (transgender) youth experiencing homelessness.

This study highlights the need to further understand the differences in experiences between LGBTQ youth and non-LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, as well as between cisgender LGBQ youth and transgender youth. The data suggest staff training, targeted programming, and an environment of inclusion have helped providers better serve LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, yet, these strategies also appear to need further examination and evaluation.

Additional key findings include:

  • Housing was the number one need for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, as identified by providers. Transition-related support was also identified as a critical need for transgender youth.
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  • Transgender youth are estimated to have experienced bullying, family rejection, and physical and sexual abuse at higher rates than LGBQ youth.
  • Survey respondents cited staff qualities and characteristics, such as LGBTQ-inclusion and staff competencies, and program qualities, such as targeted programming for LGBTQ youth, as reasons for success in serving LGBTQ youth who are homeless. Many respondents also point to lack of training in serving LGBTQ needs as a barrier.

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ORGANIZATION: The Williams Institute; True Colors Fund – PUBLICATION DATE: 2015


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UN Releases New Report on LGBTI Rights

JUNE 2015 – ‪#‎PRIDE MONTH

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Just in time for ‪#‎Pride‬ month, United Nations Human Rights Office released report on graphics-smilies-369234discrimination based on sexual orientation. – Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

UNF-free-equalJust in time for Pride month, the United Nations Human Rights Office yesterday released a much-anticipated report on discrimination and violence against individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mandated by UN Human Rights Council, the UN’s top human rights organ, the report notes significant global advancement in protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons since the UN’s first groundbreaking report on LGBTI violence and discrimination in 2011. Developed with inputs from across the UN human rights system, UN member states, and grassroots advocates, the report provides an update on the international LGBTI human rights landscape as well as lays out best practices “to overcome [LGBTI] violence and discrimination.”

6581111d1ad676dd8aa128c26a2d1578Positive developments in global LGBTI rights range from strengthening anti-discrimination laws to repealing criminal penalties for consensual same-sex relationships to expanded legal recognition for same-sex relationships. Among other examples of progress in the report, new “specialized hate crime prosecution units” in Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, and Spain, as well as a new national task force on LGBT-violence in South Africa are spotlighted.
On the other hand, the report notes much of this momentum is “overshadowed by continuing, serious, and widespread human rights violations perpetrated too often with impunity, against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.” It also highlights that “hate-motivated killings of LGBT individuals have been documented in all regions.”
Accordingly, the report offers 20 specific recommendation targeted to UN member states to address LGBTI violence and discrimination,

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  • Repeal laws that criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and restrict LGBTI people’s right to freedom of expression;
  • Enact hate crime laws covering sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Allow access to legal documents that take into account a person’s self-identified gender;
  • End so-called “conversion therapy,” targeted to LGBTI persons, and other abusive treatments; and Legally recognize same-sex relationships.

401891_10151390237591890_2040671388_nFinally, the report recommends that the UN Human Rights Council be “regularly informed” of patterns related to LGBTI violence and discrimination. This echoes the call of many human rights experts who have called on the Council to establish a new regularized reporting mandate on LGBTI human rights issues. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also declared, “We need to document [homophobic violence and discrimination] and share information with States on a regular basis for discussion and action”
The report marks the latest in UN leadership to advance LGBTI human rights, including the recent release of the UN Free and Equal Campaign’s viral Faces video, marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.


Article By Ryan Kaminski UN Foundation – Jun 02, 2015


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