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LGBT+ Advocacy is a process by an individual or group which aims to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. LGBT+ Advocacy can include many activities that a person or organization undertakes including media campaigns, public speaking, commissioning and publishing research or polls or the filing of an amicus brief.

Being an LGBT+ Advocate

Actively participating.  This stage of response includes actions that directly support lesbian/gay and gender presentation oppression.  These actions include laughing at or telling jokes that put down LGBT people, making fun of people who don’t fit the traditional stereotypes of what is masculine or feminine, discouraging others and avoiding personal behavior that is not sex-stereotyped, and engaging in verbal or physical harassment of lesbians, gays, or heterosexuals who do not conform to traditional sex-role behavior.  It also includes working for anti-gay legislation. 

Denying or ignoring.  This stage of response includes inaction that supports lesbian, gay, or bisexual, or gender presentation oppression coupled with an unwillingness or inability to understand the effects of homophobic and heterosexist actions.  This stage is characterized by a “business as usual” attitude.  Though responses in this stage are not actively and directly homophobic or heterosexist, the passive acceptance of these actions by others serves to support the system of oppression.

Recognizing, but no action.  This stage of response is characterized by a recognition of homophobic or heterosexist actions and the harmful effects of these actions.  However, this recognition does not result in the action to interrupt the homophobic or heterosexist situation.  Taking action is prevented by homophobia or a lack of knowledge about specific actions to take.  This stage of response is accompanied by discomfort due to the lack of congruence between recognizing homophobia or heterosexism yet failing to act on this recognition.  An example of this stage of response is a person hearing a friend tell a “queer joke”, recognizing that is homophobic, not laughing at the joke, but saying nothing to the friend about the joke. 

Recognizing and interrupting.  This stage of response includes not only recognizing homophobic and heterosexist actions, but also taking action to stop them.  Though the response goes no further than stopping, this stage is often an important transition from passively accepting homophobic or heterosexist actions to actively choosing antihomophobic and anti-heterosexist actions.  In this stage a person hearing a “queer joke” would not laugh and would tell the joke teller that jokes that put down any minority, including gays, are not funny.  Another example would be a person who realized that s/he is avoiding an activity because others might think s/he is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender if s/he participates in it, and then decides to participate.

Resources

Egale Canada

185 Carlton Street,
Toronto, ONT, M5A 2K7
Phone: 1-888-204-7777
www.egale.ca

Egale works to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues. Egale will achieve this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education and community engagement. 

WE Trans Support

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest
536 Pelissier Street
Windsor, ONT, N9A 4L1
Phone: 1-833-938-7267
www.wetranssupport.ca

The mission of Windsor-Essex Transgender and Allied Support  is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of transgender, gender queer, two spirited, gender non-binary, and gender questioning communities  and their families, by providing activities, programs and services that create community; empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity.

Run For Rocky

www.runforrocky.com

Run for Rocky was a charity run/walk that took place in Windsor Ontario for 5 years which was inspired by Rocky Campana who passed away in 2012 after attempting to take his own life. The Campana Family, wanted to share Rocky’s story. Through their collaboration with the Run For Rocky, they have been able to fund GSAs in the local high school and post-secondary school systems, ensuring that parents, educators and youth have the knowledge and funding needed to help create Safe Schools, and creating a support system for youth in times of crisis. Rocky paved the path to make a difference while living, and the Run for Rocky Legacy Fund will continue to make a significant difference in his absence for years to come.

Windsor Pride Education & Resource Centre

1106 Ouellette Avenue Unit 102
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4K1
Phone: 519-973-4656
www.windsorpride.com

We support our committees who, among other things: work to create educational opportunities for the community, including diversity training; work with the local school boards and the Gay-Straight Alliances in schools; work with and support other community  organizations, and; host seniors' programs & activities. 

Spectrum+ Alliance

St. Clair College
2000 Talbot Road West
Windsor, Ontario,
http://stclairgsa.weebly.com

The Spectrum+ Alliance is a student organization that works to make St Clair College safe for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We embrace all students. We intend to spread the message of equality to our college and our community. Our goal is to open the eyes of our fellow students, friends and neighbors to the issues that are plaguing the LGBTQIA+ community in the hopes of teaching them tolerance. We will do this with civility and respect for those around us through demonstrations and events that our group organizes.

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest

536 Pelissier Street
Windsor, ONT, N9A 4L1
Phone: 226-348-3378  
www.wepridefest.com

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest strives to strengthen the sense of community and contribute to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of LGBTTIQ persons in WindsorEssex. Raising awareness of ongoing issues facing the LGBTTIQ community including youth suicide,  discrimination & bullying. Windsor-Essex Pride Fest as an organization is more than just a festival, it empowers individuals to reach out to each other and facilitates opportunities for connection and belonging through age-specific activities or initiatives, peer-facilitated groups and special events and will address social isolation and create a social environment that is more accommodating, resilient and connected to the broader LGBTTQIA community in Windsor-Essex.

 
 
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Windsor Essex Pride Fest

Phone: (226) 348-3378
General Inquiries: [email protected]

536 Pelissier Street
Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4L1

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