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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CBC: Saskatoon youth take to the stage in drag

A group of youth in Saskatoon is getting a crash course in the world of performing in drag.

OUT Saskatoon has declared February its drag month, offering workshops to members of the organization's youth group, Rainbow Coffee. At the end of the workshops, the young students, ranging in ages from 12 to 19, will show off their new moves in a final youth drag show. 

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CBC: Trans Youth Homelessness

It's going to be a special holiday for Daniel Despins. For the first time in years, he's going to have Christmas dinner at home in Saskatoon.

"I'm very anxious to see my family," said Despins.

Born a woman, the 18-year old transgender teen has struggled since he revealed his sexual identity to his mother four years ago.

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