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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CTV: ‘It is incredibly exciting‘; OUTSaskatoon gets federal cash to ‘combat’ gender-based violence

OUTSaskatoon will be receiving more than $1.1 million over five years from the federal government to support LGBTQ2 victims and survivors of gender-based violence.

Randy Boissonnault, the first openly gay MP from Alberta to be elected into the House of Commons, made the announcement Friday morning.

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CISION: Le gouvernement du Canada appuie les personnes de la diversité sexuelle ayant survécu à la violence fondée sur le sexe à Saskatoon

Il est essentiel de mettre fin à la violence fondée sur le sexe si nous voulons réellement donner à tous et à toutes les mêmes possibilités de se joindre à la classe moyenne du Canada et de la faire prospérer. Nous sommes tous gagnants lorsque les personnes de toutes les orientations sexuelles et de toutes les expressions et identités de genre sont en sécurité et libres de vivre pleinement leur vie.

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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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