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Child and Youth Worker (CYW) Program raised $4,000.00 for Rainbow Camp

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Sault College’s third-year students in the Child and Youth Worker (CYW) Program raised $4,000.00 for Rainbow Camp through their 14th annual “We All Love Kids” W.A.L.K. Backgound: Sault College’s third-year students in the Child and Youth Worker (CYW) Program will be hosting the 14th annual “We All Love Kids” W.A.L.K. this Saturday, April 12th 2014. […]

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“A place where teens can forget ‘fitting the mold”

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Source: Sault Star Website: http://www.saultstar.com/2012/04/08/a-place-where-teens-can-forget-fitting-the-moldRainbow Camp free from abuse for youth who don’t suit straight sexual modelEverybody needs a safe place, where they know they can be accepted for themselves, and don’t have to fear being bullied.For many adolescents, however, those places are few and far between. Even with gay-straight alliances forming in many high […]

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Call for Presentations

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“Focus On The Queer Family Conference 2013: Pride & prejudice” May 10-12th, 2013 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario We invite all interested parties to submit proposals for participation in our third conference! Welcome Friend Association is a grassroots community effort that works to promote visibility of LGBTQ issues not only in Sault Ste. Marie and Northern […]

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‘Rainbow Camp’ encourages teens to be themselves

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Source: CBC News Website: More » Northern Ontario is getting one of Canada’s first camps for LGBTQ teens. Organizers say the camp for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer youth will give campers the chance to be themselves among friends. The week-long event, called Rainbow Camp, will be located at Camp McDougall near Thessalon. Rainbow […]

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Camp Somewhere – Xtra

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Source: http://www.xtra.ca/public/Ottawa/Camp_Somewhere-11688.aspx Website: http://dailyxtra.com/ottawa/news/camp-somewhere-4186 Camp Somewhere OUR YOUTH / Local summer camps offer safe spaces for queer youth Andi Schwartz / Ottawa / Thursday, March 15, 2012 For many queer kids, summer camp is a horrible, hetero experience. Not anymore. This summer, youth will have a new opportunity to find a safe space at the Welcome Friend […]

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Rainbow Camp Near Thessalon focuses on bullying

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Source: SOOTODAY.COM Website: http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=37990 “Come OUT and be yourself!” is the rallying cry for organizers of a new Northeastern Ontario Rainbow Camp. The camp will be a five-day retreat for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered kids, their friends and family members in a beautiful natural setting. “In our area, and most of Ontario, there is not […]

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“We are trying to open these doors”

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Source: Sault Star Website: http://www.saultstar.com/2011/09/21/we-are-trying-to-open-these-doors In the last six years, Harry Stewart and Chris Southin have been opening doors for gays and lesbians in the district of Algoma. The married couple said these symbolic doors will stay open to educate, foster equality, tolerance and acceptance and create a safe zone for homosexuals. “Some may think […]

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Conference Poster released…

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Files: [mk_font_icons icon=”mk-moon-file-pdf” color=”#00a4db” size=”small” padding_horizental=”4″ padding_vertical=”4″ circle=”true” circle_color=”#f5f5f5″ align=”none” link=”http://welcomefriend.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/WelcomeFriend-2011Poster.pdf”] Download the Seminar Poster Focus On The Gay Family Conference 2011 “There Are No Dumb Questions” poster has been release. Feel free to download. Focus On the Gay Family Conference There Are No Dumb Questions September 23rd- 25th, 2011 Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & […]

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Debate over gay support groups in Catholic schools set to resume

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Source: theglobeandmail.com Website: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/debate-over-gay-support-groups-in-catholic-schools-set-to-resume/article2146476/ The debate over support groups for gay students, and ultimately whether Catholic school boards can be accountable to both the province and the Roman Catholic Church, is about to heat up again at the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Trustees will consider a series of amendments to their provincially mandated anti-bullying […]