CBC: Second Chance Prom Launches 2-Week Pride Festival In Saskatoon

When it came time to choose a date for her high school prom, Amanda Klassen already knew she didn't like boys.

 "However, I didn't know what my options were at that time," she said.

 "So I took a friend with me and discovered later I was lesbian and that's just the way I was born."

Now Klassen has a second chance to go to prom, and this time she's free to take the date of her choice.

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Global: LGBTQ Group Home For Youth Opens In Saskatoon

A long-term group home for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) youth has opened in Saskatoon.

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CTV: First Long-Term LGBTQ Youth Group Home In Canada Opens In Saskatoon

Canada’s first long-term group home for LGBTQ youth has opened its doors in Saskatoon.

The first two residents moved into OUTSaskatoon’s Pride Home at the end of January. The space gives people a safe place to live with access to the non-profit’s services, like youth programming and counselling.

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STARPHOENIX: Saskatoon's new LGBTQ group home a Canadian first

Canada’s first long-term group home for members of the LGBTQ community has opened in Saskatoon.

Two youth moved into the west side home late last month and staff at OUTSaskatoon, the non-profit organization running the home, hope to welcome three more young people aged 16 to 21 to “Pride Home” this spring, if a fundraising campaign is successful.

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StarPhoenix: Q and A session with OUTSaskatoon two spirit elder Marjorie Beaucage

As OUTSaskatoon’s weeklong event Wîsahkêcâhk Comes to Town celebrates the province’s two-spirited residents, the organization’s two spirit elder, Marjorie Beaucage, spoke with StarPhoenix reporter Erin Petrow about the important place these people hold in the indigenous community, why they are still fighting to be recognized and what it means to be two-spirited in Saskatchewan.

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StarPhoenix: OUTSaskatoon launches LGBTQ youth group for 10- to 14-year-olds

Due to growing demand for youth programs, OUTSaskatoon has launched a new group for young people between the ages of 10 and 14

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STARPHOENIX: OUTSaskatoon creates a safe space for LGBTQ seniors

When Peter Lippmann started visiting OUTSaskatoon, he noticed the organization offered programs for just about everyone — except seniors.

As he got to know people there, he learned seniors outreach was something the organization wanted to pursue, and he agreed to the offer to head up a new seniors’ group.

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CBC: OUTSaskatoon welcomes all to its 'gaybourhood'

OUTSaskatoon hosted its annual block party and community fair just outside its Saskatoon headquarters Wednesday.

Welcome to the Gaybourhood is an annual event that serves up free burgers and entertainment, but for OUT Saskatoon executive director Rachel Loewen Walker, it's an event that also serves up visibility for her organization and the LGBT community at large.

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STARPHOENIX: Two Spirit Pride festival a first for Saskatchewan

The Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation set a precedent by officially announcing that Two Spirit people are not only included in the community, but integral to it.

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STARPHOENIX: Gay-Straight Alliance legislation preferred over policy, says advocate

A law, not just a policy, is needed to protect high school students wanting to create a “gay-straight alliance,” says one organizer of an upcoming conference on the issue. It’s especially important to help rural students, who often face even more barriers than their urban counterparts, said Amanda Guthrie of OUT Saskatoon.

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