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Queer Ontario at Hamilton and Thunder Bay Pride!

June 14th, 2012 Comments off

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Hello Everyone,

This is just a quick note letting you know that Queer Ontario will be making its way out of Toronto this weekend to attend both the Hamilton and Thunder Bay Prides!
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HAMILTON PRIDE
(This coming Saturday, June 16, at the Hamilton Pride Rally)
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Nick Mulé, the Queer Ontario Chairperson, will be speaking at the Hamilton Pride Rally at City Hall this Saturday, June 16, which takes place right before the annual march to the Pier. Speeches are set to start at 11:00 am, so make sure to come out bright and early to get yourselves riled up for the march.
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Nick will be able to hang around a bit shortly after the speech,
so make sure to locate him and say hello!
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THUNDER PRIDE
(Also this coming Saturday, June 16, at Pride In The Park)
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At Thunder Pride, we will have Casey Oraa, the Queer Ontario Vice-Chair, who will be at Pride In The Park on Saturday, June 16. This event takes place at Marina Park from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm. Casey will be giving a few words, and will have a table with Queer Ontario stuff set up for most of the afternoon. So make sure to approach him and say hello, too!
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Information about Thunder Pride can be found here: http://thunderpride.ca
Information about Hamilton Pride can be found here: http://www.hamiltonpride.org
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We look forward to finally meeting many of you in person!
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Martin Otarola
Queer Ontario Secretary
On behalf of Nick, Casey, and the rest of the Queer Ontario Steering Committee
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Queer Ontario at Toronto Pride

June 14th, 2012 Comments off

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Just like last year, Queer Ontario is planning on participating in a number of Pride-affiliated events in Toronto, plus one newly-minted unaffiliated one. Below is a list of the Toronto events we are planning to attend, with details on how we will be participating.
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If you are interested in joining us for any of them, by all means let us know! You can email Martin Otarola, the Queer Ontario Secretary, at info[at]queerontario.org to let him know which actions you are interested in. Otherwise, you are welcome to scout us out and say hello!
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We look forward to hearing back from many of you!
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Martin Otarola
Queer Ontario Secretary
On behalf of the Queer Ontario Steering Committee
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————  MARCHES  ————
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1. The unaffiliated ‘Queers for Social Justice’ Night March on Monday, June 25th

( Event details: March begins at 8:30 pm from Nathan Philips Square )

How we will participate: We will have a marching contingent, which will march
behind the Queer Ontario banner, just like we did for Stonewall TO last year.

What we will need: Individuals to make up this marching contingent.
– We will meet at Nathan Philips Square at 8:15 pm.
– Estimated time requirement is one hour (waiting time plus marching time).

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2. The Trans March on Friday, June 29th
( Event details: 6:00 pm Rally at Norman Jewison Park /  March begins at 7:30 pm )

How we will participate: We will gather a group of supporters to cheer from the
sidelines, with our banner, on the south-west corner of Church and Gloucester.

What we will need: Individuals to make up this cheering contingent.
– We will meet at the south-west corner of Church and Gloucester at 7:15 pm.
– Estimated time requirement is one hour 
(waiting time plus cheering time).
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3. The Dyke March on Saturday, June 30th
( Event details: 1:00 PM Rally at Church and Hayden Streets / March begins at 2:00 pm )

How we will participate: We will gather a group of supporters to cheer from the
sidelines, with our banner, at the north-west corner of Yonge and Wellesley.

What we will need: Individuals to make up this cheering contingent.
– We will meet at the north-west corner of Yonge and Wellesley at 1:45 pm.
– Estimated time requirement is one hour 
(waiting time plus cheering time).
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4. The Pride Parade on Sunday, July 1st
( Event details: Parade begins at 2:00 pm )

How we will participate: We will have a marching contingent, which will march behind the Queer Ontario banner with signs, just like we did last year.

What we will need: Individuals to make up this marching contingent.
– We will meet in our designated spot at 1:30 pm (spot number yet to be released)
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– Estimated time requirement is two hours (waiting time plus marching time).
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———— COMMUNITY FAIR ————

We will also be participating in The Community Fair on Sunday, July 1st
 ( From 12:00 AM to  6:00 PM)

We’ll be stationed with our trusty table, meeting and greeting new people and organizations from Toronto and beyond. We are particularly interested in getting to know what life is like for you and your significant others in your hometowns, and the issues you feel need to be addressed most urgently. So do stop by and say hi!
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Our booth will be located on Alexander Street, right next to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
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Reminder about Final Reading and Vote on Ontario’s Gender Identity Bill

June 12th, 2012 Comments off

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This is just a quick note reminding everyone that Bill 33, also known as Toby’s Act, will be given its third and final reading tomorrow at 9:00 am in the Ontario Legislature.
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The Bill, which seeks to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to include ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’ as protected grounds, is supported by all three political parties in Ontario. This is the fourth time the bill has been considered by the Legislative Assembly. http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2574
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A special thanks goes out to the Trans Lobby Group and MPP Cheri DiNovo for fighting so hard to get this Bill accepted and passed.
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An Invitation to Witness the Final Vote
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As with the second reading of the Bill, it is expected to pass this third time with very few, if any, opposition. The second reading of the bill was passed unanimously.
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We encourage you to come down to the Ontario Legislature to accompany the Trans Lobby Group in the witnessing of this historical event; or, if you are unable to make it in person, you can witness it online: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/go2.jsp?Page=/webcast/webcast_main&locale=en&menuItem=dandp_webcast
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We expect to hear some good news come 11:00 tomorrow morning,
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The Queer Ontario Steering Committee
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