Building OUT! Let's Grow Together

May 22nd, 2019 -
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OUTSaskatoon is Building a New Centre!

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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: Jessica Fisher brings message that 'however people identify is beautiful' to Sask. schools

Saskatoon woman educates students, teachers, administrators about gender and sexual diversity

That is how Jessica Fisher introduces herself to elementary and high school students in Saskatoon and around the province.

Fisher works with OUTSaskatoon, bringing gender and sexual diversity education to students, teachers and administrators. She does this by explaining the building blocks of identity, what terms like bisexual and transgender mean, and highlighting the negative impacts of homophobia.

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CBC: LGBT training for city staff 'a wonderful win,' says OutSaskatoon

New training for City of Saskatoon staff focused on LGBT communities has been met with an "overwhelmingly positive" reponse, one of the people running workshops for employees says.

"People have a lot of questions; they have a lot of curiosity," said Amanda Guthrie, education and operations manager at the advocacy and outreach group OutSaskatoon.

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CBC: How to Qope: OUTSaskatoon urges youth to choose art

Ben Lindsay gets it.

Growing up queer, Lindsay found themselves without stable housing, having to "couch surf" with other members of the LGBTQ community.

It exposed Lindsay to late night parties, drinking and drugs.

"That wasn't necessarily my intention when I was young but that is the environment I ended up in and I think that's the environment that a lot of folks end up in."

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Global: ‘It’s the best day of the year’: Thousands celebrate Saskatoon’s Pride parade

It’s a celebration of diversity and inclusivity.

Thousands gathered in downtown Saskatoon to take part in the annual Pride parade.

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Global: Hundreds celebrate Saskatoon’s first two-spirit powwow at University of Saskatchewan

The Bowl at the University of Saskatchewan was filled with dancers for Saskatoon’s first two-spirit powwow on Saturday afternoon.

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CBC: First-ever two-spirit powwow set for Saskatoon

It's a coming out celebration for some Indigenous dancers, as Saskatoon will have its first public two-spirit powwow this weekend at the University of Saskatchewan.

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StarPhoenix: Trans Advocate Calls For More Coverage For Gender Affirming Surgeries

Advocates and doctors in Saskatchewan are calling on the provincial government to broaden the health coverage for surgeries required by trans people suffering from gender dysphoria.

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Starphoenix: Startup Developer Hope To Redefine Affordability For LGBTQ Seniors

Having always been passionate about business and affordable housing initiatives, he ( Geoffrey Peters) knew he wanted to put his own mark on the industry, but he also wanted his project to be something more than simply a low-cost place to live.
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