LGBT2Q+ national monument remembering the historic discrimination against LGBTQ2+ people in Canada is looking for LGBTQ2+ submissions.
Teams of professional artists, landscape architects, architects and other urban design professionals are invited to submit their credentials and examples of work for consideration as part of the Request for Qualifications for the LGBTQ2+ National Monument. The deadline is January 5, 2021. The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, and the LGBT Purge Fund—the project proponent—issued the request in cooperation with the National Capital Commission.
Uncovering the queer history of the Okanagan one story at a time.
Donna Langille, the Community Engagement Librarian at UBC Okanagan used the funding to create a podcast with her research partner Taysha Jarrett. The Okanagan QueerStory Podcast is about the queer history of the Okanagan and the people who have lived through it.
The theme for the observation in 2020 is Sexual Pleasure in the Times of COVID-19
Sexual Health Month, celebrated each September, is a good time to assess our level of sexual health and to clear up any gaps in our knowledge. We’ve got some information that will help you get off to a solid start. Knowledge is power, and there are no dumb or embarrassing questions. With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look.
Vancouver, BC: Today, Health Initiative for MEN (HIM) – a local non-profit society that aims to strengthen the health and well-being of gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit and queer (GBT2Q) men -announced the launch of a new intervention to help men who are “less out” about their sexuality find information and tools to safely and confidentially access mental, sexual and social health in the community.
The multi pronged intervention (OutsideIN) includes a website resource and accompanying awareness campaign which aim to build empathy and understanding among the GBT2Q community toward the fact that outness is different for everyone as well as to let guys who are less out know that they don’t have to be out in order for them to access to the tools that would allow them to take control of their own sexual health.
Commenting on the launch, Program Manager, Health Promotion Simon Rayek Said: “We need to simultaneously recognize the unique stress related to being less out while understanding that that coming out is not the singular solution. Between 10 and 25 percent of men who have sex with men in Canada say they have never ‘come out’ to anyone, including their doctors. These men experience a number of health inequities compared to their more “out” counterparts; they have lower sexual health literacy, lower testing rates for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, weaker social networks, higher rates of social isolation, and increased stress levels. We also know that these inequities are often unaddressed by health organizations whose reach may be more-or-less limited to GBT2Q who are out enough to openly inquire about and utilize health services aimed at sexual minority populations.”
HIM invites members of the GBT2Q community and the broader society to visit www.outness.ca to learn more and start unpacking the complexities of outness.
About Health Initiative for MEN:
Health Initiative for Men (HIM) is a peer-based organization that serves the unique sexual, mental, social, and physical health needs of GBT2Q in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland and across British Columbia.
HIM operates five health centres where we offer sexual health testing (including vaccination, treatment and prevention options), as well as professional counselling, sexual health education, and support groups. HIM is dedicated to strengthening the health and wellness of GBT2Q through trusted, tailored, targeted health promotion.