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PSI News

Endangered Identities in Grenada: A conversation with LGBTI activist Nigel Mathlin

Grenadians recently voted against a constitutional amendment to enshrine gender equality. Come and hear the effect this and other developments have on LGBTI human rights on the island and find out how Canadian residents can most effectively provide support.

The Solidarity Alliance is holding a training with OCASI on Feb 9th!

The Solidarity Alliance is holding a training with OCASI on Feb 9th! The focus is reducing barriers for LGBTQ+ newcomers, and an introduction to the Positive Space Initiative. There's also time for Q&A and networking!

Feb 9th at KPL from 4:30-7:30 and registration is FREE! Please share

Call for volunteers: Positive Space Champions

The Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI), a project of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), is on a search to identify regional Champions! A Champion is a person who is actively engaged in their community, working for the inclusion and human rights of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, questioning, asexual, intersex, pansexual, genderqueer, etc.) immigrants and refugees. This volunteer position recognizes the work that you are already doing in your community, gives you an opportunity to build your skills, contacts, and experience, and connects you with other people doing similar work around the province. Champions start conversations in their communities through outreach, referrals, building networks, and events.

Happy Pride Month!

First of all, thank you so much to everybody that attended Identity, Migration & Policies: Journeys of LGBTQ+ Newcomers. The event was a success! We had really good feedback based on the evaluation forms that people filled out after the event. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk about LGBTQ+ newcomer issues and to network with other service providers across Toronto. Many people said that these kinds of forums and events are necessary because LGBTQ+ newcomers are very much under represented and not talked about enough in the mainstream LGBTQ discussions. So thank you everyone for coming!

Next Tuesday, January 22! Creating Awareness and Building Capacity: Working with LGBTQ+ Newcomers

With the growth in popularity of the "#CdnImm" hashtag on Twitter, a community has coalesced online to share and discuss timely and relevant topics and information about Canadian immigration. Informal events have been taking place regularly to help form this community of online collaborators, promote connections, encourage further sharing of information, and expand the community of collaborators.  The idea is to broaden important discussions happening in the sector as well as increase and strengthen bonds between collaborators to improve our understanding of the sector and improve services.  The events feature presentations from collaborators in the sector followed by discussion and further information-sharing from attendees.Topic: Creating Awareness and Building Capacity: Working with LGBTQ+ Newcomers

Hamilton LGBTQ+ Symposium June 20-21, 2015

Are you frustrated with the lack of social services, and community space?Has it been difficult to connect with services you need? Are you a service provider who wants to better serve your clients? Space Between is a community-based organization of social service providers and community-members committed to the development of services for LGBTQ+ people in Hamilton. The LGBTQ+ Symposium of Hamilton, held in commemoration of Pride Week, is your opportunity to:- BUILD COMMUNITY: Join community-based discussions on issues which affect you. Bring your family to the Queer Family Space, hosted by Social Inc., Mohawk College