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Okanagan Queerstory Launches

A local initiative brings the history of the Okanagan LGBT2Q+ community to life by having people relay their stories.

Okanagan QueerStory is a community-led, limited run podcast series about Okanagan  LGBTQ2SIA+ history, produced by Donna Langille, Taysha Jarrett, and James Sieben. The mission of the podcast series is to gather stories from queer people who live or have lived in the  Okanagan and to uncover the queer history of the Okanagan Valley.

To date, only one podcast episode has been posted but there are many more to come, including stories from Wilbur Turner.

The first episode episode features an interview between Donna Langille (host and co-producer) and Taysha Jarrett (co-producer). Taysha reveals her inspiration for creating the podcast and her hopes for what it will accomplish for the Kelowna 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

In addition to being the founder of the Okanagan QueerStory podcast, Taysha is also the founder of Kelowna Rainbow Women Group, Managing Editor for Kelowna.LGBT, Community Engagement Advisor for Rebellious Unicorns, and an author of LGBTQ+ romantic fiction (see Leigh Jarrett).

Okanagan QueerStory Podcast is available to listen to on iTunes, Google, and Spotify. Thank you to Nikki Love for transcribing this episode. The transcript is available at this link: https://tinyurl.com/okqueerstoryep1

List of Strategies to Repair Damage is Released by Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Sweeping changes to be made four months after allegations of racism and LGBT censorship against the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

The national museum in Winnipeg released a new framework Thursday that includes 40 strategies the organization says it will take to achieve five outcomes. The framework focuses largely on repairing damage to the LGBT community, tackling systemic racism and improving how harassment in the workplace is handled.

“Our approach must address systemic racism and discrimination in our workplace in a meaningful way. It cannot be window dressing. It will take a sustained effort over time,” said the museum’s new CEO Isha Khan in a news release.  

Austin GrabishCBC News

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National Monument Looking for LGBT2Q+ Submissions

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.

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Okanagan Queerstory Podcast Launching Soon

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 JarrettThe Okanagan QueerStory Podcast is about the queer history of the Okanagan and the people who have lived through it.

Shauna OddleifsonUBCO Public Humanities Hub

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Gay Sailor Winning the Hand of a Handsome Prince?

An ancient fairytale has a gay character as its lead, winning the hand of his prince, and prevailing over evil.

Cornish writer and illustrator Pete Jordi Wood has explained how queer folklore was erased from history, but revealed that he has managed to rescue one “fabulously gay” fairytale.

Lily WakefieldPink News

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