LGBTQ

November 19, 2017
 by Iris Robin Community Educator        I don’t know anyone who hasn’t struggled with their body image and I’m no different. When I was younger, it wasn’t just about weight and appearance; it was related to figuring out my sexual orientation, not being comfortable with my assigned gender, and being a person of colour in a world that privileges white people. With such high numbers of youth reporting dissatisfaction with their bodies, it’s important to bear in mind that body image problems might look different in LGBT youth from diverse backgrounds. I grew up in a society that told me that my...
June 23, 2016
by Rebecca HouwerYouthREX Manager of Knowledge Exchange     This year the holy month of Ramadan and PRIDE month overlap. Traditionally, Ramadan is a period of peace and PRIDE is a time for celebration. This June, many in both communities are in shock and mourning in the wake of the utterly tragic and senseless loss of 49 young lives in Orlando, Florida.   I think about youth from both communities and beyond.  I think about what we in the youth sector can do to create safer spaces, build inclusive communities, and actively resist and reframe harmful and exclusionary narratives and practices. ...
May 17, 2016
by Laura MulrineYouthREX Communications and Digital Content Officer  Quick Fact: Statistics collected by TransPULSE in Ontario determined that “on the basis of gender identity, 73% of trans people have been made fun of, 39% have been turned down for a job, 26% have been assaulted, and 24% have even been harassed by police.” Yesterday, in Montreal, Prime Minister Trudeau accepted the Laurent McCutcheon Award for his continued dedication to supporting lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual individuals in Canada. While accepting this award, the Prime Minister announced that a bill will be...