August, 2015 / Author:

Local

Accepting diversity, accepting change

A handful of local churches are opening the doors to the community in a new and meaningful way.

Trinity United Church at 933 Summerside Ave. in Fort Richmond is the latest United Church in Winnipeg to receive an affirming ministry designation.

According to Affirm United’s website, an independent branch of The United Church of Canada, the affirming designation means that a church congregation has declared itself to be fully inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Read the full article at the Winnipeg Free Press.

BU flush with gender-neutral washrooms

Brandon University is the latest Canadian campus to embrace gender-neutral washrooms for students and faculty.

Just in time for the 2015-2016 school year, the university has established 14 single-stall, accessible washrooms, in addition to the one already available in the Healthy Living Centre.

“I am very proud of the university for listening to student and faculty concerns, seeking out expertise from the LGBTTQ* community, and prioritizing the creation of washrooms where all people, regardless of gender identity or expression, are welcome to enter and use the facilities free of harassment and violence,” said Corinne Mason, assistant professor in BU’s gender and women’s studies and sociology departments.

Read the full article at the Brandon Sun.

Trio laces up sneakers to help HIV-AIDS sufferers

A relay team running from Winnipeg to Regina for the Mylan Relay for Hope jogged through Brandon early Sunday morning.

The three runners — Christopher Salas, Janice Pattison and Curtis Boucher— are an eclectic group who all got involved with the cross-country relay to help raise awareness and money for people suffering from HIV-AIDS.

Read the full article at the Brandon Sun.

National

AIDS Committee of Ottawa celebrates 30 years

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO) is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a commemorative book, a website and fundraising initiatives to draw attention to the accomplishments and challenges of the HIV/AIDS movement.

ACOXXX: Our Words, Our Stories, Our Lives is the ACO’s bilingual coffee table book that’s coming out on Sept 19 and explores three decades of the local, national and international HIV/AIDS movement. The name of the book, and its contents, were carefully chosen, says Khaled Salam, ACO’s executive director.

Read the full article at Daily Xtra.

Bad Canadian laws and the best way to change them

Under Canadian federal law, the following are legal:

1. Firing and evicting people for being trans.

2. Advocating for genocide against trans people.

3. Revoking the citizenship of Canadians who oppose oil pipelines if they have (or might be eligible for) citizenship in another country as well.

4. Deporting LGBT refugees to “safe” countries where they may be killed.

Read the full article at Daily Xtra.

Ontario sex-ed protests return in time for new school year

Parents angry at the new sex-ed curriculum protested at MPP offices across Ontario Wednesday, Sept 2 — with some protests better attended than others.

The province-wide demonstrations, sponsored by a coalition of organizations including Campaign Life Coalition, REAL Women of Canada and the Thorncliffe Parents Association, are just the latest in a series of actions by a nebulous group of community members who have various concerns about the updated sex ed curriculum.

Read the full article at Daily Xtra.

International

Kentucky clerk to appeal jail time for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licences

The lawyer for a Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licences said on Sunday he filed a notice of appeal over a contempt ruling that landed her in jail.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed last week for refusing to follow the orders of U.S. District Judge David Bunning. Davis had refused to issue the licences, saying doing so would run counter to her deeply held Christian beliefs.

Read the full article at CBC.

 

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