Misc Youth – It’s Official!
April 3rd, 2008 - Calgary officially has a new GLBT non-profit group. At April’s first-Thursday monthly Fake Mustache show, Kaitlyn Hatch was elated to announce that Miscellaneous Youth Network (MYN) was successful in attaining non-profit group status from their application, mentioned in last month’s newslets.
Calgary Emperor and Empress Elected
April 19th-20th, 2008 - Candidates Nina Tron and Ashley Carmichael were inducted as Empress and Emperor 32 of Calgary and all of Southern Alberta. The poll numbers were revealed at the Victory Brunch the morning after the Coronation ceremony. Of the 212 votes cast, Nina Tron won at 90 votes, with the next closest candidates at 55 and 47 votes. The voters also gave Ashley Carmichael a resounding yes with 155 votes in favour, and 40 against.
GLISA-NA OutGames Bid Process Begins!
April 3, 2008 – GLISA North America (Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association of North America) has taken another step forward in its evolution by releasing its RFP for the 2011 - 2nd North America OutGames.
“This marks another step in the progress and continual growth of GLISA North America (GLISA-NA) as we continue to build upon the success of the 1st North America OutGames, held in Calgary in April of 2007 and the recent success of the OutGames in Melbourne“ comments Fred Kaplan, Chair of the Site Selection Committee and Secretary of GLISA-NA. “This event will follow the 2nd World OutGames. In Copenhagen and establish the continental OutGames, as the new tradition within the GLBTQA community in North America”.
“GLISA-NA invites any organization in North America to submit a bid for this event. This event is very much a holistic approach, encompassing mind, body and soul. Not only does the event include sports, but human rights and a cultural component as well” states Brad Bostock, Vice President of GLISA-NA “Anyone who is interested in beginning this process can request the information by going to our website at www.glisa-na.org.”
Apple’s iTunes.ca Pulls Murder Music from Online Store
April 7, 2008 - In response to calls from Egale Canada and Stop Murder Music (Canada), iTunes has removed controversial murder music from its North American markets. Anti-gay tracks by popular dancehall artists Buju Banton, Elephant Man and T.O.K are no longer available on the iTunes site.
“This is an historic victory for the LGBT community here in Canada and in the Caribbean,” says Akim Larcher founder of SMM (Canada), “iTunes is exercising its corporate responsibility by pulling this murder music and raising the bar for other retailers and distributors to do the same.”
The decision comes as a result of calls from Egale Canada and SMM requesting the removal of lyrical content which openly calls for the violence and murder of gays and lesbians. “We are extremely pleased with this decision,” said Helen Kennedy, Executive Director of Egale Canada, “we have also contacted HMV, Archambault Inc, and Amazon.ca and we are optimistic that they will follow iTunes lead.
Dining Out for Life Wraps Up
April 30, 2008 – While numbers are still coming in, the event organizers for Edmonton’s Dining Out for Life (DOFL) which occurred on the 24th, are estimating totals will break the $10,000 mark this year. Moneys raised go to Living Positive for Positive Living Society of Alberta, an organization that cares for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Homosexuality NOT a Sickness Campaign
March 6, 2008 - In addition to the International Day Against Homophobia, Fondation Émergence, the pioneer of this event, is launching its annual campaign against homophobia for the year 2008. Entitled Homosexuality is not a sickness! this new campaign, which will reach its highpoint on May 17th when the day is held, aims to reach healthcare workers as a priority. Also, it was on May 17th, 1991, that the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. Unfortunately, though, prejudice is deep-rooted since some people still think that being gay or lesbian is a mental disorder while others mistakenly believe that homosexuality can be “cured”.
As it does each year, Fondation Émergence proposes an attention-grabbing image found on its posters, on pamphlets, and on its website at www.homophobiaday.org. The pamphlet describes the evolution of health professionals’ viewpoints on homosexuality, calls on workers involved to use non-biased language with consulting clients, and encourages the latter to feel comfortable talking about their sexual orientation to healthcare professionals. The posters and pamphlets are available at www.homophobiaday.org, where people can also find a large number of listed resources. This material can be ordered free of charge from the website.
The fight against homophobia requires workers involved in all communities that must participate in this effort. A large range of efforts can be undertaken such as putting up posters in waiting rooms, providing pamphlets, posting an International Day Against Homophobia banner on websites, distributing emails, asking one’s municipal board to adopt a resolution to support the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th, organising activities, colloquia, conferences, reporting anti-LGBT behaviour and speech, suggesting reports to the media, and participating in the national plan to raise the Rainbow Flag for the Day on May 17th.