"[We] heard over and over again was that it is not easy to be ‘out’ as spiritual (let alone religious) in LGBTQ communities. People feel excluded, marginalized and stigmatized if they speak their spiritual beliefs. They survived faith traditions unwilling to accept their queerness, and now face queer communities unwilling to accept their spiritual selves. There is a silencing, and a lot of aloneness."
"For a quarter century, I've talked to persons - parents, sons, daughters, friends - about the dislike, distrust and disapproval of "queers". Atheists and Anglicans, Baptists and Brethren, Catholics and Orthodox, Presbyterians and United - people of no religious stripe to those deeply committed - formed a largely unified cacophony of homophobia. Quakers and Unitarians were the sole, discordantly loving voices. Over the course of those years, there has been a vast sea change. Where it once was cool to disdain LGBT people, it is now decidedly uncool to criticize them
Halifax Pride news from mid February 2014! Pride is now accepting nominations for Grand Marshall of the 2014 Halifax Pride Parade. Nominations from all Nova Scotians are welcome ...
The QT Self Defense League was formed in fall 2013 by a group of rad queer and/or trans* people in Halifax. We recognize the need for accessible, safe, and body positive self defense training for queer and trans people.
Robert Arthur (Bob) Stead passed away peacefully at his home in Wolfville on January 18, 2014. At his passing, Bob was surrounded by his loving family and Danny Chandler, his spouse of seventeen years. He leaves behind many friends and colleagues to mourn his passing after living a life of full of achievement and spectacular accomplishment. Bob Stead was deeply committed to a life of community service.
"For queers who have wrestled with internalized homophobia, Laurie's youthful blindphobia provides a startling parallel. Her happy awakening to her true self as a lesbian is communicated with sensitivity and passion. Being gay is as natural to her as blindness."
"NSRAP and community members are committed to the best possible health care for the trans* community and to a successful and timely implementation of the previously announced public funding of gender confirming surgeries (also known as sex reassignment surgeries, or SRS). In order for this to happen it is essential that the voices of the trans* community are heard."
More than $80,000 has been raised so far to assist Scott Jones in his recovery. Now, members of the Halifax music scene have organised a mammoth fundraiser involving more than 30 top flight artists, all performing at half a dozen venues on Gottingen on November 28. "To have these performers and businesses come together in my name is overwhelming,” said Scott Jones. “This is going to be an amazing night and I am so thankful for their support and love!"
"... the resolve of NSRAP is made stronger than ever to bring an end to homophobic and transphobic violence and hate, once and for all." These are brave words, I believe they are meant, and that in the weeks and months ahead, our communities will see them translated into action. There is so much that still needs to be done. It is true that we have come a long way, but we’re not there yet! We have changed the world! We can change it again!