OUTING EX-GAY CAMPS
Two issues ago we looked at Camp Aurora, the annual camping experience designed to allow GLBT Q* youth to socialize, play and be their authentic selves in a non-judgmental setting amongst peers. In this article we look at the opposite—camps and programs usually run by groups from the religious right that claim homosexuality is a disorder and can be made to disappear, or at least be deactivated, through the healing power of Christ.
‘GOOD’ CANADIAN LGBT CAMPS CELEBRATE DIVERSITY
In ancient Roman mythology, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn, renewing herself every morning and flying across the sky to herald the arrival of the sun. Aurora the goddess is mentioned in Shakespeare, Tennyson and Thoreau. She’s also an important visitor in Manitoba every summer when the promised lighting up of darkness represented by the goddess is incorporated into Camp Aurora, an annual GLBT youth camp established in 2007.
WHY COMPANIES SUPPORT PRIDE
Consider this: in 2010, Pride Toronto had an estimated economic impact of $136 million and created 600 jobs.
Although Pride Winnipeg does not produce such impressive figures, it’s an important contributor to the local economy and it can get a company’s brand noticed. Now that Pride Winnipeg is held at The Forks, companies are exposed to tens of thousands of attendees.
HOMOPHOBIA IN SPORTS IS DISAPPEARING
In the second part of this series, OutWords explores what local experts are doing to give LGBT athletes a new beginning.
Patrick Burke’s You Can Play project is a step in the right direction, but entrenched attitudes, like mountains, are only worn away over time by a steady drip of opposing ideas from people society respects.
A CALL FOR LGBT LEADERS
Late last September, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hosted an end-of-summer barbecue at his official residence to recognize emerging young leaders of the GLBT community. They were joined by senior Obama administration officials and GLBT leaders from all over the country. The guest – students and community organizers, advocates, artists and military veterans – represented the tremendous diversity and talent within the GLBT community. They were all committed activists for the pursuit of equality, justice and dignity for GLBT people.
Confidential testing for a sometimes-undetectable | Anti-gay crusader violates human rights | The University of Regina opens gender-neutral washrooms | Ontario’s top AIDS advocate dies, age 82 | LGBT lawyer honoured with Queen’s medal | New Look for Local Sex Education Website
Vatican slams gay sex scandal accusations | Lawsuit against material girl dropped | Frances National Assembly approves same-sex marriage & adoption bill | Gay people are useless: Polish MP | Ellen criticizes anti-gay Boy Scouts on talk show
SPROTS COMMUINITY BECOMING LGBT FRIENDLY
Many supposed barriers fall as social attitudes become more progressive and accepting, but one of the last icy, fear-founded outposts of discrimination is the world of sports.
Openly gay Ontario premier will have to mend unpopular Liberal party | Capital Pride aims to pay off large debt | Twenty RCMP officers tackle homophobia with It Gets Better video | Conservatives accused of sabotaging bill to protect transgender Canadians | Rental agent blames gay couple for slander from LGBT community
Supreme court to hear challenges to same sex marriage ban | First gay-friendly mosque an aberration, critics say | Hong Kong government ignoreS LGBT rights | UN seminar an achievement in fight for equality in Nepal | NYC’s first gay city council speaker is endorsed for mayor