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posted byKaley - View profile

July 12, 2010

Stories to Cover for Pride?

Halifax News

Halifax Pride is taking place from July 18th to 25th, and it would be great to have some LGBTQ-focused un(der)-reported stories for the HMC. There are several ideas below. Please add any additional story ideas!


how about Queer Acts theatre fest &c?


 I'd really like to cover the festival and talk to some of the artists visiting, like Berend Mackenzie. 

let me know



Different age groups

I'm interested about hearing perspectives from different age groups, particularly senior citizens. Maybe some stories from elders in the LBGTQ community? 

End the Ban campaign

The Canadian Federation of Students has a long-standing campaign on ending the ban on gay male organ donors and their partners. Students in halifax have done a few actions on this campaign. See: http://endtheban.cfs-fcee.ca/en/section/2

The Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project Lecture Series (timeOUT):

NSRAP will be sponsoring lectures from July 20 to 23 at noon at the Spring Garden Road Public Library, 5381 Spring Garden Road. I think it would be awesome if someone wanted to contact any of the folks presenting and talk with them about their topics in advance of their talks, that would be great. Also, if someone wanted to write about the NSRAP doing this series, that would also be good. You can contact NSRAP at 444.3206 and nsrap@nsrap.ca 

Tuesday July 20th - The Homosexualist Agenda!
In 1994, Pictou County activists organized to protest local MP Roseanne Skokes, who denounced homosexuality in the House of Commons that year. Long-standing activist Jane Morrigan gives us a first hand account of this story, and how it helped shape future activism in Nova Scotia.

Wednesday July 21st - The Path to Here
Activist Robin Metcalfe will explore Nova Scotia's LGBT history and the importance of remembering it.

Thursday July 22th - Youth Speaking Out
How are Young Nova Scotians working to effect greater equality in our schools and communities? Hear from representatives of the Youth Project, a local organization working with youth around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Friday July 23rd - Gay without God?
An atheist & activist's view on the uneasy relationship between queer rights and religion. Lecture by Kevin Kindred, NSRAP Board member and activist with Centre for Inquiry, an organization promoting reason, science, and secularism.

Profile on TransAction

From gayhalifax.com:

Thursday, July 22 - 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The TransAction Society of Nova Scotia Presents: Strap 'Em On, Strap 'Em Down: A Fundraiser! at TheCompanyHouse
Building on the success of last year's PoMo Homos at the CoHo (Mofo), the TransAction Society is back with another fundraiser. The TransAction Society is a non-profit organization that raises funds to help offset the costs of items for trans people in need (binders and breast forms and gaffes, oh my!). Let's show some love!
Tickets: $10 at the door or $8 in advance at VenusEnvy or PrettyThings? Boutique (cash only)

Access to health services for transgender people

What are the barriers to accessing trans health services? Does Nova Scotia's provincial medical insurance cover hormones and/or surgery for trans people who are interested in those measures? What is the process? Are there wait times? A good place to start would be to contact the youth project (429-5429 email: youthproject@youthproject.ns.ca web: www.youthproject.ns.ca), and Trans Family Nova Scotia (902-431-8500 email: transfamily@eastlink.ca).

Halifax's first Dyke and Trans march

This year, Pride will include its first Dyke and Trans march, which will happen on Friday, July 23rd. The Dyke and Trans March is a specifically political demonstration (as opposed to simply being a parade). It would be great to have someone do a story in advance of the march about why it started, why the organisers see it as important, and what challenges organisers have faced. It would also be good to cover the actual march. Here is the link to the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/?sk=events#!/event.php?eid=100818206640822 If you want to cover this, please let me know and I can give you some contacts.

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