Wednesday, July 30, 2014

PLEA: Pride Parade

Hello Everyone!

The countdown is on... 4 days until the Pride Parade in Vancouver! If you would like to walk in the parade with us or help us get the float ready...please contact us! The more the merrier!

Every year PLEA supports PRIDE by having a float in the Vancouver Pride Parade. We are looking for youth who would like to get involved with Pride this year by helping us decorate the PLEA float and walk in the parade! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Dave by phone or e-mail

(604-417-3626 or ddoucette@plea.bc.ca)


Friday August 1st 10-3pm (Truck Prep)
Sunday August 3rd 10-3pm (Pride Parade)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

'It’s not just a piece of paper': B.C. transgender girl, 11, sets the records straight with new birth certificate!


'It’s not just a piece of paper': B.C. transgender girl, 11, sets the records straight with new birth certificate
 

Harriette Cunningham proudly displays her new birth certificate.

Photograph by: Sandy Aitken , Submitted

A young Comox girl is among the first 30 British Columbians to re-designate their gender on their birth certificates after new legislation was passed earlier this year allowing the change — but her mission’s not over yet.
Harriette Cunningham, 11, was born a boy named Declan, but it wasn’t long before she began to understand something wasn’t right about the body she was born into.
“She would rebel from getting her hair cut at a young age, and she would gravitate toward things our society would identify as really feminine,” said dad Colin Cunningham.
“It was a journey of self-awareness, and at eight or nine she started to figure out where she was headed. She was already there and it was us that had to catch up really quickly.”
From there, Cunningham said, it was a crash course of sorts for their family in LGBTQ and gender-identity issues, but at the end of the day, it was about standing by their child.
“As early as kids can figure out who they are, she was pretty steadfast in her identity, and she’s really shown us the way through this,” Cunningham said of his daughter’s path to understanding herself. “She’s taught us a huge deal about life in general and ... she’s taught us what it means to be true to yourself.
“We weren’t prepared for how strong and sure of herself she really is, so that’s been a lesson to us, too.”
These days, Declan is known as Harriette, after filing paperwork last year to officially change her name. With the support of her family, and especially her grandmother Cathie Dickson, Harriette also embarked on a letter-writing campaign to various levels of government, pushing for legislation that would allow her to change the gender designation on her birth documents.
In May, the provincial government finally passed Bill 17, which allows individuals to re-designate their gender on their birth certificates without having to undergo gender re-assignment surgery first.
And just last week, Harriette received a new birth certificate that lists her gender as female.
“I’m really happy. It matters to me to have me properly represented,” she told The Province. “It’s not just a piece of paper.”
With her new birth certificate in hand, Harriette and her parents have already begun the process of applying for a new passport to match, in advance of travelling to Seattle next month for Gender Odyssey, a conference that examines matters relating to the transgender community.
While her parents, in the past, have been able to explain why Harriette’s paperwork doesn’t match her physical representation, Harriette cited one experience where a security guard had to ask a manager to double check her passport, drawing the attention of other travellers and leaving Harriette close to tears.
“When they (security guards) saw my old passport, they would ask, ‘Well, where’s this person?’ I would get worried and anxious because I don’t think I should have to go through that,” Harriette said. “Some people — they don’t get it. It definitely would’ve been a lot easier if there had been no gender on my birth certificate.”
Though Harriette now has an accurate birth certificate — and soon will have a new passport — she’s still fighting to improve the situation for other gender-variant persons.
“I’m definitely not finished,” she said.
In October, the Cunningham family — along with lawyer barbara findlay, who spells her name without capitals — will attend a human-rights tribunal where Harriette will advocate for gender designation to be removed from birth certificates.
“What I’m fighting for, ultimately, is to take gender markings off the passports and birth certificates. So when a child is born, they won’t label it,” Harriette explained.
“If that had happened for me, it would’ve been a whole lot easier.”
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http://www.theprovince.com/news/just+piece+paper+transgender+girl+sets+records+straight+with+birth+certificate/10053377/story.html

Friday, July 18, 2014

Gen Out - Tri Cities

 We are meeting next Monday July 21 at 6pm! Hope to see you all there!
  
Gen Out Meeting time: Monday 6PM-8PM Please feel free to call me (604-708-2632) to leave a Voice-mail and I would be more than happy to contact you and give you more information (details and location)!

PLEA: Pride Parade

Hello Everyone!

The countdown is on...16 days until the Pride Parade in Vancouver! If you would like to walk in the parade with us or help us get the float ready...please contact us! The more the merrier!

Every year PLEA supports PRIDE by having a float in the Vancouver Pride Parade. We are looking for youth who would like to get involved with Pride this year by helping us decorate the PLEA float and walk in the parade! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Dave by phone or e-mail

(604-417-3626 or ddoucette@plea.bc.ca)



Friday August 1st 10-3pm (Truck Prep)

Sunday August 3rd 10-3pm (Pride Parade)



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gen Out Tri-Cities

We are not meeting next Monday July 14! Sorry about the late cancellation.

Next meeting with be Monday July 21. Hope to see you all there. I will have information about the decorating the Pride float and walking in the Pride parade.

Dave
  
Gen Out Meeting time: Monday 6PM-8PM Please feel free to call me (604-708-2632) to leave a Voice-mail and I would be more than happy to contact you and give you more information (details and location)!

Monday, July 7, 2014

QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MOVIE TRIP - Young 'n Fierce 'n Fabulous



Generation out has got confirmation for 20 ticket/memberships to the Young 'n Fierce 'n Fabulous screening (4pm on Monday, Aug 18th, at Cineplex Odeon at International Village, 3rd floor, 88 West Pender Street). The program will last around 2 hours.

FOR EVERYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO GO - IT'S FIRST COME FIRST SERVE 
Please e-mail genouttc@plea.bc.ca for your free ticket 
(Transportation and food will not be paid for - that will be your own responsibility)
We will travel together as a group on transit leaving from Coquitlam Bus Station - details will be e-mailed to your once you confirm your ticket). 

ABOUT:  Young 'n Fierce 'n Fabulous
This eclectic mix of short films starts off with a grrrl-fuelled rock 'n roll bang courtesy of Australia’s Dreamworld Waiting and winds its way to the thoughtful local Asian activists of Radicalizing Intimacy, then ollies over to some sweetly Crushed skateboarders until it delivers you to the Princess himself. Come one, come all! Followed by a Q+A with the team of fabulous Out in Schools facilitators!
 

Friday, July 4, 2014

GenOut Tri-Cities

 We are meeting next Monday July 7th at 6pm! Hope to see you all there!
  
Gen Out Meeting time: Monday 6PM-8PM Please feel free to call me (604-708-2632) to leave a Voice-mail and I would be more than happy to contact you and give you more information (details and location)!



Sunday’s WorldPride parade may go down as one of the largest Pride parades in the city’s history as thousands of participants and onlookers took to the city’s downtown core to celebrate and support LGBT rights.

To accommodate the sheer size of the parade, which began at Bloor and Church streets and took place along Yonge St. all the way to Yonge-Dundas square, organizers had to move the event’s start time from 2 p.m. to 1 p.m.


Check out the site: 

Gen Out Meeting time: Monday 6PM-8PM Please feel free to call me (604-708-2632) to leave a Voice-mail and I would be more than happy to contact you and give you more information (details and location)!