International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Toronto

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in TorontoPlease come by Toronto City Hall from 12:30-1:00PM today, Thursday, May 17, to the Podium Roof Courtesy Flag Pole to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Toronto.

Join Toronto PFLAG and Egale Canada for their roster of speakers includin Helen Kennedy (Egale Canada); P.C. Danielle Bottineau; Mr. Luka Amona; Councillors Janet Davis and Kristyn Wong-Tam; and Councillor Gord Perks, who will once again read aloud the Proclamation as we raise the Rainbow Flag at Toronto City Hall. A special messiage from Mr. Brian Burke will also be read.

This year the theme focuses on Diversity in the Workplace and the Classroom, standing in solidarity along with partner organizations, including EGALE Canada/MyGSA.ca; Fondation Emergence (“Sexual Diversity in the Workplace – It pays off”); Pride Toronto, and more. Toronto PFLAG’s work takes us into schools, businesses and community organizations, and we know that showing pride in diversity, coupled with supportive allies is the catalyst for positive change ensuring safety for all students, colleagues, and LGBTQ families.
Although major breakthroughs have occurred, still, many individuals are unable to live their lives open about their sexual orientation, and encounter difficulties when they do, or end up role playing to protect themselves.

This Day (May 17th) is a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender individuals to society, and galvanise organisations, private businesses, governments, public administration and professional associations to unite in their efforts to eliminate homophobia.

The Proclamation may be read on the City Hall website: http://www.toronto.ca/proclamations/2012index.htm

An ASL interpreter will be present to interpret the event.

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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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