Monday, February 23, 2015

GenOut Tri-Cities

Hello Everyone! 

We are having a meeting on tonight! See you all there!

Dave 

GenOut Meeting time: Monday 6PM-8PM Please feel free to call me (604-708-2632) to leave a Voice-mail and I would be more than happy to contact you and give you more information (details and location)!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Transgender students protest as Canadian schools grapple with washroom debate

Laura Kane, The Canadian Press February 18, 2015 4:02 pm 

VANCOUVER – Theron Meyer has come to expect double-takes and nasty comments every time she uses a public washroom. The 20-year-old Simon Fraser University student, who identifies herself as trans feminine, goes out of her way to avoid multi-stall washrooms — even tolerating hours of discomfort to avoid the subtle but powerful harassment levelled against her. “They’re always very deliberate. They look at me, they exit the washroom and then look at me again to make sure what my gender is,” she said.“That’s very ostracizing. I think a lot of people don’t experience that, and don’t understand the degree to which that is harmful to my livelihood and to other trans people’s livelihood.” Meyer was among the students who staged a protest Wednesday to demand more gender-inclusive washrooms at SFU.

The issue extends far beyond the university in Burnaby, B.C., as transgender students across Canada fight to feel safe using public facilities. As part of their protest, transgender students occupied a men’s washroom at SFU, placing a sign on the door that read, “All genders welcome,” and “This toilet has been liberated from the gender binary.” There are about 50 single-stall washrooms on the university’s main campus in Burnaby. But protesters say they want gender-inclusive signs added to them and a number of multi-stall men’s and women’s restrooms to be made gender-neutral. “I think that bathrooms shouldn’t be places of identity and I think that using the washroom is everybody’s right,” said protest organizer Nathan Lyndsay, 24, who identifies himself as trans masculine. “Trans students and gender-non-variant folks carry a lot of anxiety about accessing washrooms because of a real fear of violence and rape.” Associate vice-president of student services Tim Rahilly said that since 2003, whenever the university does renovations on a washroom, it considers the feasibility of making it gender-neutral. Rahilly said there are gender-neutral washrooms on student residences but agreed that the university needs more gender-inclusive facilities on campus. He added that administrators would meet with protesters to hear their concerns.

“The university is very much on board with trying to do our best to meet the needs of students, including this very important group of students.” Across Canada, school boards and other public institutions have struggled with how to make transgender students feel safe. McGill University introduced a policy in 2007 requiring every newly constructed building on campus to have a gender-neutral washroom, preferably on every floor. It has also committed to adding gender-neutral signs to single-stall washrooms wherever possible. The University of British Columbia publishes a brochure of its single-stall washrooms, identifying which have gender-inclusive signs, while the University of Toronto is working on creating a comprehensive list of all single-user washrooms across several campuses. Carleton University has about 25 gender-neutral washrooms, and the University of Alberta says it has more than 50 such facilities, although it is still working on signage. The Vancouver School Board recently updated its policy to allow transgender students to use their washroom of choice, similar to rules that have been in place at the Toronto District School Board since 2012. In Vancouver, the policy was the subject of contentious debate among critics who claimed it would scare away international students and affect neighbourhood property values.
















Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's Day public 'kiss-in' marks start of LGBT 'Freedom to kiss' campaign


Scores of couples gathered in central London to celebrate the launch of a campaign against homophobia with a public 'kiss-in' on Valentine’s Day. Couples of all sexualities and gender identities met on the steps of the Eros statue, Piccadilly Circus, to take part in Britain first public ‘kiss-in’ to mark the start of Pride's ‘Freedom to Kiss’ campaign, after research by the campaigner showed that more than half of same sex couples would not feel completely comfortable kissing in public.

Russell Brand and David Walliams also added their support to the campaign, after Mr Walliams posted a tweet of the two together earlier this week.

More than a 1,000 people partook in the Pride survey, which showed that 54 per cent were uncomfortable with kissing in public.

Of that number, 86 per cent claimed they were afraid of the negative attention, either verbal or physical.

One of those who took part in the protest was Bronac Mcneill who said although LGBT members enjoyed greater freedoms than before, “we are seeing an increasing number of same-sex couples be subjected to homophobic behaviour and discrimination for expressing affection to their partners in public.”

Mr Mcneill continued: “Now, more than ever before, we need more LGBT+ heroes, including our straight allies, to stand beside us and show why the right to kiss our partners in public – whatever their gender – is a freedom we should all enjoy.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/britains-first-public-kissin-marks-start-of-lgbt-freedom-to-kiss-campaign-10046441.html

GenOut Tri-Cities

Hello Everyone! 

We are having a meeting on tonight! See you all there!

Dave 

GenOut Meeting time: Monday 6PM-8PM Please feel free to call me (604-708-2632) to leave a Voice-mail and I would be more than happy to contact you and give you more information (details and location)!

Friday, February 6, 2015

GenOut Tri-Cities

Hello Everyone! 

We are not having a meeting on Monday February 9th due to Family Day! 

Hope you all gave a great week! 

Dave 

GenOut Meeting time: Monday 6PM-8PM Please feel free to call me (604-708-2632) to leave a Voice-mail and I would be more than happy to contact you and give you more information (details and location)!