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Announcing the Queer Ontario ‘Pressing Issues’ Survey

February 8th, 2012 No comments

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We are excited to announce the launch of the Queer Ontario Pressing Issues Survey, one of the many new projects we will be rolling out in the next couple of months to reach out to LGBTQ* individuals across Ontario, and to expand our work beyond Toronto.
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The survey has been created so LGBTQ people across the province can provide us with a list of the issues they feel are most important to them as LGBTQ persons, which we will then use to develop projects and initiatives that are relevant to a greater number of LGBTQ people province-wide. As such, your participation will be greatly appreciated and will be invaluable to our work and direction as an organization.
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About the Survey
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The survey itself consists of five questions, which should take approximately 3-10 minutes to answer. We have both an
online version and a Word (.doc) version available for you to use.
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Indeed, this research and re-focusing will take place while we continue our work on our two core issues: the fight for ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’ in the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the creation of safer spaces for LGBTQ youth across Ontario.
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If you have any questions about any of the above, do not hesitate to contact us at info@queerontario.org — we will be more than happy to answer them!
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Looking forward to serving you better,
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The Queer Ontario Steering Committee
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PO Box 822, Station A
Toronto,Ontario M5W 1G3
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Website: www.queerontario.org
Email: info@queerontario.org
Facebook: Queer Ontario
Twitter: @queerontario

 

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* Note:  For the purposes of this survey, ‘LGBTQ’ will refer to individuals who are marginalized because of their sex, gender, and/or sexuality. This includes, but is not limited to: individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, agender, two-spirited, cross-dressing, intersexed, neutrois, asexual, pansexual, polyamorous, kinky, and/or nudist. This survey is also open to allies who can assist us in our work.
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We know that forms of oppression based on sex, gender, and/or sexuality cannot be seen in isolation from other forms of oppression, so we encourage their joint articulation as well.
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A Note on Our Work During the Next Couple of Months

January 6th, 2012 No comments

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We are pleased to inform you all that the Queer Ontario Steering Committee will be absent — but not inactive! — during the month of January and the first half of February. We will be taking this time to review our organizational structures and procedures with the aim of becoming a more transparent, accessible, and provincially-connected organization.
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There are a number of new and exciting projects currently under development and these will be rolled out as soon as they are ready. So make sure to keep checking in and connecting with us as we prepare for them.
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In the meantime, you can connect and engage with the rest of our members / followers / supporters on Facebook and Twitter; and attend our monthly meetings, which are held on the third Wednesday of every month at The 519 Community Centre in Toronto.
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We thank you for your patience* and understanding,

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Martin Otarola
Queer Ontario Secretary,
On behalf of the Queer Ontario Steering Committee
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*recognizing, of course, that ‘patience’ is a largely unfair, unreasonable, and difficult request to make in the face of violence, oppression, abuse, and inequality.

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Queer Ontario Steering Committee members elected

November 6th, 2011 No comments

Queer Ontario’s first Annual General Meeting and Elections were held Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the 519 Community Centre in Toronto.

Elected to the steering committee were chair Nick Mule, vice-chair Casey Oraa, secretary Martin Otarola and treasurer Richard Hudler, as well as at-large members Lisa Duke and Davina Hader. They join fellow steering committee members Alana Boltwood (chair, Research and Education), Dwayne Shaw (chair, Events) and David Demchuk (chair, Governance and Media).

AGM Reports

The following reports are now available in the Documents section of the website, under Queer Ontario 2011 AGM, as well as via the links below:

Nick Mule – Chair’s report

Richard Hudler – Treasurer’s report

A.J. Lowik – Queer Liberation Theory Project report

Participation from Outside Toronto

To encourage participation from outside Toronto, Queer Ontario used Cover It Live to live-blog the event, streamed an audio webcast via UStream and created the hashtag #QO2011 for participation on Twitter. The archive of the Cover It Live live-blog is now available, as is the audio recording of the meeting (part one, part two - apologies for the ads).

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