Canada IDAHO Report 2012

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Canadian activists were once again active throughout the country for IDAHO 2012, with a range of events staged.
Quebec based Fondation Emergence, which launches every year a mobilisation campaign that stretches beyond the province’s borders, mobilized this year on promoting “Sexual Diversity in the Work Place”. The organisation reports dozens of events, mainly from Quebec but also from other Canadian provinces.
In London, Ontario, the Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia Working Groupjoined the IDAHO global mobilisation around Education with a press conference, followed by the screening of short films and a panel discussion.
In Milton, Ontario, activists held a Photo Voice event which was aimed at sharing youth perspectives on homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through photography.
In Toronto, the University of Toronto hosted “Iranian Voices On Homophobia” featuring a panel and round-table discussion hosted by well-known Iranian identities.
In Halifax, activists took part in the city’s Grand Parade. Various queer and queer-positive organizations had action stations set up where people could sign petitions. Following the rally, there was a Public Display of Affection, where rally-goers were encouraged to reclaim downtown Halifax.
In Montreal, a gala event was held under the theme of “Les batisseurs” (The builders) to highlight the important contributions that individuals and organizations have made in defending the rights of LGBTA people in Montreal and in Quebec, and in promoting a positive image of the community. Six people were presented with awards.
In Vancouver, the 8th Annual International Day Against Homophobia Breakfast was held. This year’s theme was “Queering the Workplace: How LGTB Inclusion is Good for Business”.

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