Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Canada rose in the House of Commons to apologize to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) Canadians.
This apology recognized the Government’s role in the persecution and mistreatment of our communities through laws, policies, and other methods such as intimidation and fear. In summary the statement specifically apologized to those who were unjustly fired and mistreated in the civil service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and military; those who were subject to Canada’s “buggery”, “gross indecency”, and bawdy house laws, and; Indigenous LGBTQ and two-spirit people being persecuted and silenced as a result of rigid colonial norms. The apology also touched on many important themes and issues of the past, and ongoing ones.
In connection with this apology, the Government has moved on two specific actions. First, legislation has been introduced to expunge all historically unjust convictions. This allows for survivors, as well as surviving spouses, parents, siblings, children or legal representatives to apply for expungement. Second, a $145-million compensation fund has been created. This fund will be used to compensate those “purged” from the public service and will also have a portion dedicated to creating memorials and education.
These are vital to achieving justice for LGBTQ2 Canadians, however, we would be remised if we did not acknowledge other steps we must take. Actions include fully lifting the blood ban, protecting Intersex (I) people from non-consensual and medically unnecessary operations, changing laws that criminalize HIV non-disclosure, greater funding for LGBTQI2 initiatives, and more.
Fierté Simcoe Pride welcomes this long-awaited apology. We hope that it will shed light on Canada’s history and serve as a reminder of the work left ahead.
We thank the We Demand an Apology Network, Egale Canada (authors of The Just Society Report), and the countless organizations and activists who made this possible. It is because of their tireless research. advocacy and work that we have come this far.
Finally, we want to thank John Brassard, Member of Parliament for Barrie—Innisfil, and colleagues for welcoming us to Parliament to witness this historic event. It is through continued collaboration with leaders at all levels of government that we will continue to make our communities safer and more inclusive.
Apology Text (Prime Minister only): https://goo.gl/sKgGi3
Apology Video (Prime Minister and party leaders): youtube.com/watch?v=wM0yZP-g3a4
Pour cette déclaration en français: Excuses envers les canadien.ne.s LGBTQ2
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Trans Day of Remembrance
Today is the eighteenth annual Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the murder of trans woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. This day of remembrance has grown to international recognition as a way to honour the memory of trans and gender diverse people who have been lost as a result of anti-trans violence, fear, and hatred.
Today, we remember the 325 trans people that have been murdered globally in the last year as well as those who remain unreported. This includes at least 25 people in Canada and the United States, 21 of which were people of colour.  Since documentation began in 2008, at least 2609 trans people have been lost. Most concerning is that trans people of colour and sex workers are overrepresented in these numbers. 
Recognizing this day, we continue in this intersectional movement and stand with our trans community to work towards safer and more inclusive communities both here and abroad.
TDOR Events in Simcoe and Muskoka
We encourage attendance at the events hosted by Barrie Pride, The Gilbert Centre, and Muskoka Pride.
Please note that the monthly Coffee Meet in Barrie will be happening as scheduled today. TDOR can be a day filled with heavy emotions, so we offer the meet as a space for those who cannot participate in TDOR events or would like a space to recuperate and be with community.
Today we honour the sacrifice of our veterans and those who continue to serve. Remembrance Day would not be complete without also remembering those LGBT veterans who served our country, were and are targeted because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
This November 11, consider the contributions of those who were targeted, “discharged with ignominy” or had their “service terminated,” lest their sacrifices be forgotten. #RememberThem
En français ci-dessous
Jour du Souvenir
Aujourd'hui, nous honorons le sacrifice de nos anciens combattants et de ceux qui continuent de servir. Le jour du Souvenir ne serait pas complet si nous ne nous souvenons pas des anciens combattants LGBT qui ont servi notre pays, qui étaient et continuent d'être ciblés en raison de leur orientation sexuelle, identité de genre et expression de genre.
Ce 11 novembre, considérons les contributions de ceux qui ont été ciblés, «renvoyés avec ignominie» ou ont fait cesser leur «service», de peur que leurs sacrifices ne soient oubliés. #Nelesoubliezpas
MIDLAND (SIMCOE COUNTY), ON — August 12, 2017 -- Fierté Simcoe Pride (FSP) announces the recipients of the third annual Simcoe County LGBT Community Awards, presented during the sixth annual Fierté Simcoe Pride (July 31 - August 13) at the Awards Gala held at the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre.
Youth of the Year
Person of the Year
Positive Community Organization
Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (OSMH)
CFB Borden / BFC Borden
Honourary Award for Literature
Ma-Nee Chacaby and S. Bear Bergman
For more on all the nominees and recipients, visit www.simcoepride.com/2017-awards.html.
LGBT COMMUNITY AWARDS
SIMCOE COUNTY, ON — June 23, 2017 — Fierté Simcoe Pride (FSP) announces open nominations for the 3rd annual Simcoe County LGBT Community Awards, presented during the 6th annual Fierté Simcoe Pride (July 31 - August 13).
The awards recognise the accomplishments of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (LGBT) individuals, allies, organisations and inclusive businesses. FSP recognises the work of individuals, organisations and businesses that strive to celebrate diversity and promote an inclusion. The Awards will honour an LGBT resident and youth, a community, an organisation and business, and an LGBT writer for their contributions that make our County a better place to live, work and grow.
Categories for the 2017 Simcoe County LGBT Community Awards include:
● Youth of the Year
● Person of the Year
● Positive Community Organization
● Positive Business
● Positive Community
● Honourary Award for Literature
Nominations for the Awards will close July 14, and are submitted by the public using online forms hosted on the FSP website. Nominees will be announced July 19, and recipients in the five categories will be announced at the Awards Gala.
Each submission will be reviewed by the Awards Committee. The award recipients are voted on by a secret ballot by a Jury Panel supervised by the co-chairs of the Committee. The Panel is assembled from members of the Board of Directors and five members of the public. For more information please visit: www.simcoepride.com/lgbt-community-awards.html.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses, individuals and groups to show your Pride by supporting the Awards Gala. Sponsor an award today at www.simcoepride.com/support-pride.html.
For more information, please contact:
Brandon Rhèal Amyot | President
Fierté Simcoe Pride
En français: www.fiertesimcoe.com/nouvelles/nominations-ouvertes.
Statement on the Global Equality March for Unity and Pride
Upon the conclusion of Barrie Pride's fourth annual parade, we want to shed light on the Global Equality March for Unity and Pride.
Although we do not have a local event, we stand in solidarity with over 120 events around the world happening over the course of this weekend. From Washington, DC to local grassroots events, our communities are coming together to march in the name of liberation for LGBTI people.
With increased hostile rhetoric, discriminatory policies, and violence perpetrated against marginalised people, it’s our time to march and fight to affirm and protect our rights and our dignity.
Yesterday's celebration reminds us of our progress. However, we know that our work is far from over. That is why an intersectional movement for LGBTI rights and liberation is still relevant and necessary.
This work would not be possible without each and every one of us. Thank you to our local communities and allies for joining us, and for your commitment to this work.
Our struggle continues, but we are not without hope.
Brandon Rhèal Amyot
Fierté Simcoe Pride
For more on the event: www.equalitymarch2017.org
En français ci-dessous.
Déclaration sur la Marche de l'égalité mondiale pour l'unité et la fierté
Suite au quatrième défilé annuelle de Barrie Pride, nous voulons mettre de l’avant la Marche de l'égalité mondiale pour l'unité et la fierté.
Bien que nous n'ayons pas eu d'événement local, nous sommes solidaires avec plus de 120 événements dans le monde qui se passent au cours de ce week-end. De la marche à Washington, DC aux événements plus communautaires, nos communautés se réunissent pour marcher au nom de la libération des personnes LGBTI.
Avec une rhétorique hostile accrue, des politiques discriminatoires et des violences perpétrées contre des personnes marginalisées, c'est toujours aussi important de marcher et de lutter pour affirmer et protéger nos droits et notre dignité.
La célébration d'hier nous rappelle nos progrès. Cependant, nous savons que notre travail est loin d'être terminé. C'est pourquoi un mouvement intersectionnelle pour les droits et de l’émancipation des LGBTI est toujours pertinent et nécessaire.
Ce travail ne serait pas possible sans chacun d'entre nous. Nous remercions nos communautés locales et de nos alliés de se rejoindre à nous et pour leur engagement envers ce travail.
Notre lutte continue, mais nous ne sommes pas sans espoir.
Dans la solidarité,
Brandon Rhèal Amyot
Fierté Simcoe Pride
Pour en savoir plus sur l'événement: www.equalitymarch2017.org
Left to Right: Gord McKay (Mayor, Town of Midland), Brody Lang, Chris Sheridan, Kathy Willis (Executive Director) and the team at Huronia Transition Homes, and Courtney Johnston
Did you miss the speech given by our Special Guest, Rupert Raj? Well here's your chance to read it! A great detailing of history and resources.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FIERTÉ SIMCOE PRIDE 2016
SIMCOE COUNTY, ON — July 21, 2016 -- Fierté Simcoe Pride (FSP) announces the fifth annual county-wide Pride, taking place from July 27 to August 6, 2016.
FSP formed in 2012 with the vision of a safe and inclusive Simcoe County that supports and unites the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and allied (LGBTA) community. This year’s Pride has municipal support from 20 communities, including 19 proclamations and 17 flag raisings. The theme for the fifth anniversary Pride is “Celebrate,” which recognizes the accomplishements the LGBT community has made locally, nationally, and internationally.
Fierté Simcoe Pride 2016 is an eleven-day-long festival of events throughout Simcoe County including:
July 27 – Flag Raising in Collingwood followed by the Opening Ceremony at the County of Simcoe
July 28 – Flag Raisings in CFB Borden, Wasaga Beach, Tiny, Tay, Midland, and Penetanguishene
July 28 – Pride Party kick-off at the Lion’s Gate in Barrie
July 29 – Flag Raisings in Barrie, Innsifil, Bradford West Gwillimbury, New Tecumseth, and Essa
July 31 – Dusk-till-Dawn Movie Night at the Drive-In in Oro-Medonte
August 2– Flag Raisings in Oro-Medonte, Orilla, and Ramara
August 3– Candlelight Vigil in Barrie
August 4 – First ever Trans Pride March in Simcoe County, held in Orillia
August 5 – Arts and Culture Night with asilent auction at the Orillia Museum of Art and History
August 6 – The 2nd annual Simcoe County LGBT Community Awards Gala at the GBNFC in Midland
Individuals, groups, and businesses can still help contribute by making a donation at www.gofundme.com/fsp2016. Through the many donors and sponsors, as well as volunteers, Pride has been made possible.
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