Posted by Wayves Volunteer 15/06/2013
By Gerard Veldhoven, Pride Week Coordinator
ARCPEI and Pride PEI welcome everyone to join us in all events as we celebrate Prince Edward Island’s diversity and spirit! An up-to-date schedule of events can be found at Pride PEI's website.
Supporters should continue to make sure their support is known! There will be further steps from here, and we can't let up the pressure. Continuing ground level support on our side continues to be key. So it's important that supporters:
- continue to contact the Minister & MLAs to reaffirm your support for funding of SRS.
- contact the opposition parties and ask them to state their support for SRS funding.
- write letters to the editor in support.
"Now the government has politely, but clearly said, “No!” Do we respond by going back to square one? Or do we rethink our approach, incorporating the newer, more flexible standards of care? Can we use this as a teachable moment to educate ourselves, and the broader public about trans* health and trans* rights? Could this be the issue to galvanize the whole Rainbow Community in a bid for full equality?"
“OUTeast was overwhelmed by the support we received from our community in our first year and we were inspired to offer more opportunities for engagement, entertainment, and empowerment through our programming and events,” said Andria Wilson, Festival Producer.
NSRAP will be having its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 22 and all members are invited to attend. The AGM will take place at the Local Women's Council House which is wheelchair-accessible and has gender-inclusive washroom facilities: 989 Young Avenue (at Inglis), Halifax, NS, B3H 2V9
If people commit crimes of hate against members of the LGBT community, whether of physical violence or insulting, harassing remarks, then they should face the full penalties available under Canadian law, including fines and imprisonment. Every member of society must have instilled in them a healthy fear about engaging in acts of homophobia and transphobia.
"We are disappointed that ... the Minister was not able to see the clear evidence in support of this request. However, we are renewed with passion to push for progress in improving health care for trans* Nova Scotians."
On August 9, 10, and 11, LGBT alcoholics, addicts, and friends will gather for the 25th Anniversary Courage Round Up - August 9,10,11, 2013, hosted by the Halifax LGBT Alcoholics Anonymous group, Live And Let Live.
The weekend includes fellowship, speaker meetings and workshops an discussions of recovery topics in a relaxed and peaceful setting at the Universalist Unitarian Church 5500 Inglis Street, Halifax.
Early this morning Canadian Blood Services (CBS) received approval from Health Canada to reduce the current men who have sex with men (MSM) deferral period from indefinite to five years from last MSM activity. While this move represents important progress in addressing one of Canada’s few remaining overtly discriminatory policies, it fails to fully correct the problem.