CTV News: 'It does so much harm': Saskatoon church wants city to ban conversion therapy

SASKATOON -- A local church wants the City of Saskatoon to ban the practice of conversion therapy.

In a letter to the Governance and Priorities Committee, the Grosvenor Park United Church says conversion therapy is “abhorrent” and calls its consequences “devastating.”

Conversion therapy seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity often through religious counselling.

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Bridges: Sara Dungavell breaks down barriers to inclusive care

With her LGBTQ2+ patients, working out of OUTSaskatoon is an easy way to say “I’m safe.” It’s also a way to create an implicit understanding that gender identity and sexuality are open subjects.

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STARPHOENIX: OUTSaskatoon Moves Into New Building, Expands Clinical Space

The organization finished moving into its new two-storey building at 213 Avenue C South earlier this month and reopened on August 26.

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STARPHOENIX: OUTSaskatoon's Two Spirit camp forms connections with culture

OUT on the Land is culture camp affirming Two Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ2+ people in all aspects of their identity.

That’s the message behind OUTSaskatoon’s intergenerational Two Spirit culture camp.

Drawing on teachings around gender as a fluid concept, the OUT on the Land camp aims to provide a welcoming space for Two Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ people.

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Camp fYrefly Partners with OUTSaskatoon and Opens Registration for Camp 2019

Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan has now opened summer registration to offer leadership and life skills to Saskatchewan LGBTQ2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two Spirit) youth, aged 14-24.  This is the eleventh year of the camp in Saskatchewan and it runs August 15-18 in Saskatoon.

In addition, Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan is excited to announce that they have partnered with OUTSaskatoon, Saskatoon’s LGBTQ2S community centre. This partnership will allow Camp fYrefly to continue offering its annual leadership retreat for gender and sexually diverse youth from across Saskatchewan, while linking youth with OUTSaskatoon’s programs.

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STARPHOENIX: OUTSaskatoon raises flag on 50 years of progress

Deep down, Marilyn Neudorf knew who she was.

At the age of four, she recalls, she wanted affection from girls, something she buried inside herself and tried to pray away at a Bible-based high school.

After graduation, she attended a conference for LGBTQ2S+ people from across the prairies hosted by the Zodiac Friendship Society, the first major LGBTQ2S+ group in Saskatoon spearheaded by activist Gens Hellquist.

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CBC: OutSaskatoon gets $1.1M to help LGBT survivors of gender violence

Nearly 50% of LGBT individuals say they've experienced physical or sexual abuse, according to StatsCan.

OutSaskatoon says $1.1 million in new federal funding to provide support for LGBT people, particularly youth, who are survivors of gender-based violence will help the organization make a difference in a community disproportionately affected by violence.

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STARPHOENIX: OUTSaskatoon receives $1.1 million for programs addressing gender-based violence

Fifty years after the legalization of homosexuality in Canada, Randy Boissonnault said the timing felt appropriate to be making a huge funding announcement for a pair of LGBTQ2 programs in Saskatoon.

“We know the work’s not done. We have a lot of work to do,” Boissonnault, the first openly gay MP elected from Alberta, said. “At the same time, it’s a milestone.”

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GLOBAL: OUTSaskatoon getting over $1.1M to support survivors of gender-based violence

The federal government is providing funding for two OUTSaskatoon projects aimed at supporting LGBTQ2 people who are survivors of gender-based violence.

Government officials announced over $1.1 million for the Saskatoon organization on April 12.

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