This last month has included such a lovely mix of nostalgia, celebration, and anticipation as we commemorated 25 years of Gay and Lesbian Health Services, The Avenue Community Centre, and OUTSaskatoon!
Our Anniversary Gala GLITTER was a resounding success, raising over $15,000 for OUT and $3,000 for Pride Home: A Home for LGBTQ Youth. That’s definitely not bad for our first GLITTER Gala and we all had so much fun that we’re already planning for next year. Highlights from the night included warm toasts from Mayor Charlie Clark, MP Sheri Benson, and RBC Regional Vice President Darcy Martin; incredible entertainment from Abiding Lines Dance Company, Trixie Dynasty, and Zo Payne; OUTShine awards given to Lynne LaCroix, on behalf of her work for Camp fYrefly and Ky Mason Lapointe, for being a powerful champion for queer youth; and last, but certainly not least, a rousing speech from Dr. Sheri McConnell. Sheri and her partner Sheila travelled all the way from St. John’s Newfoundland to join us, and we were honoured to present her with a Generations Award, recognizing the groundbreaking work she and Gens Hellquist did in starting GLHS, as well as all she has done before and after to make the world a more welcoming place for LGBTQ people. Sheri brought us all to tears with stories about Gens and his feisty antics and a powerful toast to the young leaders that make up our future. I assure you, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
If you couldn’t make it to GLITTER, there are lots of other ways to get involved in the next month. My personal favourite is the Two Spirit Memorial Feast and Round Dance taking place on December 2nd at the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre. It will be our 2nd Annual Round Dance, and we invite you to join us as we recognize Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Day and continue building stronger cultural integration and awareness within Saskatoon’s LGBTQ Community.
My heart goes out to you all this holiday season. May you find warmth in the company of your loved ones, and the courage to reach out and connect if you need some extra support.
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