Here’s how you can support Ontario’s trans community

Community activists, politicians speak out in light of PC’s anti-trans resolution

Graham Robertson, Editor

On Saturday, November 17th, the Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) party voted to pass a resolution that would deny recognizing gender identity theory, during a three-day convention in Toronto.

PC Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Tanya Granic Allen proposed the resolution, which reads, “Be it resolved that an Ontario PC Party recognizes “gender identity theory” for what it is, namely, a highly controversial, unscientific “liberal ideology”; and, as such, that an Ontario PC Government will remove the teaching and promotion of “gender identity theory” from Ontario schools and its curriculum.”

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What’s coming up this Pride weekend in Ottawa

Trans march, Sunday’s parade, and creating spaces for queer people of colour

Graham Robertson, Editor

The celebrations are well underway for this year’s Pride week in Ottawa, and if you haven’t yet checked out what’s going on, we’ve got all the details on the hottest events happening this weekend.

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Capital Pride profile: Kaeden Seburn, co-founder of SAEFTY Ottawa

Youth marshal hopes to “get back to the roots of Pride,” connect with young trans people

Graham Robertson, Editor

Finding spaces run by and for trans people can often be a challenge here in Canada’s capital. Many existing support groups and centres tend to be facilitated by cisgender people who aren’t equipped to provide adequate resources or effectively answer questions pertaining to trans health care, specifically for youth.

To remedy this, a group of trans youth in the community, including nineteen year-old Kaeden Seburn, founded Support and Education for Trans Youth (SAEFTY) last October, Ottawa’s first support group by and for trans youth.

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Ottawa educator launches short film to raise awareness of stalking

Julie Lalonde shares story of being stalked for over a decade

Nadia Drissi El-Bouzaidi, Reporter

The first steps to many relationships in 2017 happen online. In fact, many of us often take to “stalking” the objects of our desires until we know every little detail that their social media feeds have to offer. However for Ottawa-based public educator Julie Lalonde, this is one of her biggest pet peeves. “The language we use about stalking in an online context just infuriates me,” she says. “Everytime we say those things we’re really minimizing the impact of actual stalking.”

Lalonde, who is a sexual assault survivor, launched her short film, Outside of the Shadows, on Dec. 15 to raise awareness about the dangers of criminal harassment, more commonly known as stalking, by sharing her own harrowing 12-year ordeal of being stalked.

Shedding light on stalking

Criminal harassment is defined as engaging  “in conduct referred to in subsection (2) that causes that other person reasonably, in all the circumstances, to fear for their safety or the safety of anyone known to them” in the Canadian Criminal Code and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Stalking most commonly occurs in the context of intimate relationships, but also occurs in situations where the victim is unknown to the perpetrator, or in cases where the perpetrator holds a grudge against the the victim.

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