This year, Guelph Pride had a wonderful response for the community. On behalf of the Guelph Pride Planning Committee of Out on the Shelf, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for coming out to the events and being wonderful individuals! We had record numbers this year and the generous donations of participants will ensure that we will continue to plan an amazing Guelph Pride 2016! Recapping the flag-raising ceremony and BBQ at City Hall, we saw many community members come and enjoy a beautiful day in the sun. The entire week was filled with high energy and lots of enthusiasm from everyone.
Thank you once again to our sponsors and community partners. Please remember to support these businesses because without them we wouldn't have had the support necessary to run all these events.
If you are interested in participating in the Guelph Pride planning process of 2016 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair of Guelph Pride 2015
Community Tourchlight Crisis Line.....................1 (877) 822-0140
Community Tourchlight Distress Line................1 (888) 821-3760
YouthLine...................................................................1 (800) 268-9688
Women in Crisis' Crisis Line.................................1 (800) 265-7233
HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health (ARCH) continues to respond to HIV and AIDS in our community. ARCH also responds to issues related to Hepatitis C. They assist individuals and communities manage the social effects of HIV and Hep C. ARCH collaborates with communities to deliver prevention, education, care and support programs to populations at-risk, individuals living with HIV or Hep C, friends, family and caregivers.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is Canada's largest union. With around 627,000 members across Canada, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines. CUPE is committed to improving the quality of life for workers in Canada.
Guelph Queer Equality (GQE)
Guelph Queer Equality provides a safe space and supportive environment for all people in the trans, bisexual, lesbian and gay community. GQE events are open to both the campus and greater Guelph communities. Programming and services include: Lending Library (books and magazines); social events on Tuesday nights; and advocacy and awareness campaigns.
Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity (GRCGED)
GRCGEC is a student funded, collectively run resource centre for people of all or no genders. They advocate anti-oppression issues within a feminist framework, recognize that issues of gendered oppression consist of struggles against all systems of domination. They provide resources, workshops, library access, computers, alternative menstrual products, public events and peer support.
Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO)
The role of the HREO is to help maintain an environment within which all persons, regardless of heir personal characteristics, feel that they are treated with dignity and respect. Their staff, together with a large number of interested University community members, work toward meeting the University's commitment to protecting and upholding the human rights of every individual and to providing special programs to end the effects of historical disadvantages and to achieve equity in all areas of University life.
Out On The Shelf (OOTS)
Out On The Shelf is a library and resource centre for the LGBTQ+ communities and allies. The centre is staffed regularly so that the community can come to access books, find out about the diverse range of events, resources and services and share a queer friendly space.
OUTline seeks to provide peer support and information services on issues relating to sexual orientation and gender diversity to all individuals and families in the University of Guelph and surrounding community, especially those in the early stages of the coming-out experience and those most at risk. Outline offers a number of services including a support phone line, a confidential online Q&A blog, awareness events, and support and training to various organizations.
The paTio is a confidential, non-judgmental group of trans, genderqueer or questioning people and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies) to meet and share resources, stories, experiences and support.
SpeakOUT is a program run out of the Wellness Centre dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues. This program brings together LGBTQ students and allies in educating and confronting homophobia on campus through awareness programming to help make our campus a positive space. SpeakOUT involves student facilitators leading workshops to encourage participants to think critically about homophobia and heterosexism.
The Wellness Centre
The Wellness Centre is an educational resource centre for a range of topics including physical and mental health, body image, addictions, sexuality, human rights and self-care.
Women in Crisis
Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis is a feminist community-based organization providing services to women and their children on woman abuse and sexual violence. Their services include: Marianne's Place (shelter); Rural Women's Support Program; Sexual Assault Centre; Transitional and Housing Support Program.
Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere (EGALE)
EGALE Canada Human Rights Trust (ECHRT) is Canada's only national charity promoting LGBT human rights through research, education and community engagement. EGALE's vision is of a Canada free of homophobia, biphobia, transphobie and all other forms of discrimination so that every person can achieve their full potential, unencumbered by hatred and bias.
International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)
ILGA's aim is to work for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and their liberation from all forms of discrimination. They seek to achieve this aim through the world-wide cooperation and mutual support of members.
Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG)
PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wised to help themselvesand their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. The "comin-out" process can be a critical time for families. They support families though today to give them hope for a better tomorrow.
Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO)
The RHO website is designed to provide information to help both LGBT peple and their health care providers become more aware of LGBT health issues.
The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line is a toll-free service provided by youth for youth. They offer support, information and referrals specific to your concerns.
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