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Canadian Award Won by Ugandan-born Trans Woman

Christopher Nkambwe is the winner of the Community One Foundation’s Steinert & Ferreiro Award for 2020.

Christopher Nkambwe was honoured with the Steinert & Ferreiro Award recently during the 5th Annual Black and White Gala at Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce in Toronto.

Nkambwe, a journalism graduate and long time human rights defender, is the 15th recipient of the award, and $10,000 cash prize that celebrates unsung heroes for their contributions to the Canadian LGBTQIA2S+ community.

Joto La Jiwe – 76 Crimes

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Manitoba Métis Federation Offers Non-Binary Citizenship Option

A unanimous resolution passed by Canada’s Manitoba Métis Federation introduces a non-binary option to its citizenship cards.

Announcing the news on 18 December, Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) president David Chartrand said: “We want our citizens to be themselves and not have to hide or be denied their identity.”

The federation, which represents Métis citizens in the province of Manitoba in Canada, passed a unanimous resolution to introduce non-binary options and said that citizens who want to get updated cards with the new non-binary gender option will be able to do so for free.

Vic ParsonsPink News

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Landmark Canadian Report on Violence Against Women and 2SLGBTQQIA Inuit Peoples Underway.

Inuit Action Plan addresses the inequities experienced by women and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples within the Inuit community.

“Inuit representatives are working to ensure that Inuit women and girls receive the same standard of safety, health, education, and justice enjoyed by all Canadians, and the physical, emotional, economic, social and cultural security that many Canadians take for granted,” the two organizations said in a joint news release on December 15. 

“The Inuit Action Plan will address these inequities with concrete, timely and measurable systemic changes so that Inuit women and girls — as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual persons — achieve substantive equality.”

Ellis QuinnEye on the Arctic

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Queer Teens Today Have Far More Freedoms Now Than Any Other Previous Generation

Studies show that Millennials almost twice as likely to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community compared to Baby Boomers; HomoCulture breaks down the intricacies of these findings across the generations.

One of the components of this shift has been the introduction of the internet and social media which have allowed more queer youth to form communities that weren’t available to older generations. While there is a growing perception that LGBTQ+ youth have better support and security than their elders, there are still newer challenges and hostilities they have been forced to address. 

Millennials and Generation Z now have the right to legally marry, enter the armed services, see positive media representatives, and join in community programs, but even with these advances, queer youth still have to face higher homeless and suicide rates, homophobia, and transphobia – ugly realities that still remain important today. The following are some of the issues that queer teens still have to face. 

Triston Brewer – Homoculture

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Welcome Gender Identity Group!

The Gender Identity Group of the Okanagan is a positive, safe, inclusive, supportive space for, gender non-conforming, non-binary, transsexual, transgender, gender queer inter-sexed or questioning (or any variation there of under the rainbow spectrum) people living in or near Kelowna or the Okanagan are to discuss matters and various topics while providing and obtaining peer support.

They have recently set up a blog and events page on Kelowna.LGBT that can be found here. There will be monthly blog articles and a listing of their events available on this page.

The Gender Identity Group of the Okanagan also has a Facebook group.