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Toronto Pride Events for the Week of June 23rd – July 1st

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

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Please contact Martin Otarola, your friendly neighbourhood Queer Ontario Secretary, if you want to know more about Queer Ontario’s involvement in these events and/or want to participate with us. info@queerontario.org

Don’t forget to bring plenty of fluids and sun-protective gear!
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1.  Saturday, June 23  —  The Dykeversity Community Resource Fair

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2.  Monday, June 25  –  The unaffiliated ‘Queers for Social Justice’ Night March

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3.  Friday, June 29  –  The Toronto Trans March
A grass-roots community focused event, providing a safe space for trans identified people to rally, stand up, and come together in solidarity. The Trans March Rally begins at 6:00 pm at Norman Jewison Park. The March itself begins at 7:30.
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Note: The new, unauthorized Trans March begins where there ‘official’ Pride March ends. So we’ll be joining that, too.

Queer Ontario will be participating in the march as an allied group. Join us at Norman Jewison Park at 7:20 pm — or earlier if you want to take in the Rally!
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4.  Saturday, June 30  –  The Toronto Dyke March
A grassroots event where women and trans people in LGBTTIQQ2SA communities take over the streets of Toronto. The Dyke March Rally begins at 1:00 pm at the intersection of Church and Hayden Streets. The March itself begins at 2:00.

Queer Ontario will be hosting a cheering contingent on the north-west corner of Yonge and Wellesley. Join us there at 1:50 pm. 
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5.  Sunday, July 1st  –  The Toronto Pride Parade
The world-renown Pride Parade, which is set to begin at 2:00 pm.

Queer Ontario will have a marching contingent, just like we did last year. If you want to march with us, meet us at our designated spot (“F24,” near Bloor Street and Ted Rogers Way) at 1:45 pm. The estimated time requirement for this event is approximately two hours.
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6.  Sunday, July 1st  –  The Community Fair
The annual street fair featuring food vendors, commercial enterprises, and community groups that wish to, and can afford to, pay for a space. 12:00 noon to  6:00 pm

Queer Ontario will be stationed with its trusty table on Alexander Street, right next to Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 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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Volunteer Opportunities! — Research, Policy, and Strategy Projects

July 14th, 2011 No comments
Hello Everyone!
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Here at Queer Ontario, we always have a number of important projects and initiatives on the go, but not always the time, skills or knowledge to get them done. So here’s your chance to get involved with us and to put your mark on one of our key projects!
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Below you will find a list of projects that involve some info-gathering, policy work, critical analysis, and report writing that will help us get the ball rolling around the Provincial Election, proposed Federal Government initiatives, and the establishment of LGBTQ Addiction & Mental Health services across Ontario.  These projects can be done from anywhere in Ontario.
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If you are interested in getting involved with any of these projects or if you have any questions, please contact Alana, our Research & Education Chair, at alana.boltwood[at]gmail.com.
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We hope to hear back from many of you soon!
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The Research and Education Committee
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Queer Ontario Thanks All its Volunteers for a Fabulous Pride Weekend

July 3rd, 2011 No comments

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Hello Everyone

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This is a post-Pride shout out to all those that made this past week possible regarding Queer Ontario (QO)’s presence at this year’s Pride Festivities in Toronto.  All of your contributions are greatly appreciated as we otherwise would not have been able to participate to the extent we did.  This included:
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- Marching in three (3) marches: Stonewall T.O., Trans March and Pride Parade
- Co-hosting a community kitchen with Blackness Yes at Stonewall T.O.
- Cheering on participants in the Dyke March
- Setting up and staffing a QO table in the Community Fair for both Saturday and Sunday
- Ordering snazzy t-shirts featuring the QO logo
- Making placards
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In addition our collaborative work continued, sometimes working (shared Community Fair table with the Ontario Federation of Labour [OFL]) and sometimes not (marching with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association [CCLA], as we couldn’t find each other).
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Many thanks are extended to all who contributed (I’m refraining from naming people, as I’m bound to forget someone), both big and small, for pulling each of the above events together as your participation was key to their success.
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Without a doubt and judging by all the comments I’ve received, the biggest shout out goes to the person behind the coordination of all these events being Queer Ontario’s Secretary Martin Otarola.  Quietly, but conscientiously toiling away in the background, Martin orchestrated the planning of each of these events, having to deal with numerous uncertainties throughout and last minute changes, yet did so with precision and all as cool as a cucumber.  We really owe Martin a lot of credit for the success of QO’s participation in this year’s Pride Toronto Festivities.  A big shout out thank you to Martin as we are so fortunate to have you!
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Thank you everyone, now let’s all focus on recovering.
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Nick Mulé
Chairperson,
Queer Ontario

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