Ontario South: Rainbow Coalition Conference (Guelph)

The Upper Grand District School Board and Jer’s Vision are proud to present the Rainbow Coalition Conference, being held at Harcourt Memorial United Church on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013.

This student-led conference (then known as the Rainbow Summit) was founded by Nishin Nathwani and a dedicated committee two years ago as part of the Rainbow Coalition in Guelph. This year’s organizing schools are John F. Ross, Centennial, Center Wellington, Erin, and Wellington Heights. 

The focus of the Rainbow Coalition Conference is to connect students that are LGBTQ and allies with each other and community resources. This will be done by workshops led by professionals, community members, and student teams. Students will be given a chance to share anti-bullying strategies, and anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia education. Importance will be placed on how students can take the skills that they’ve learned back to their schools and communities, running high-impact events and staying connected post-conference.

The keynote speaker will be founder and director of Jer’s Vision, Jeremy Dias. Musical performances throughout the day will be presented by The Rainbow Chorus and Gentleman Reg.

The Rainbow Chorus, the Waterloo Wellington Chorus of Gays, Lesbians, Bi-sexuals, Transgendered Individuals and Friends is a charitable, not-for-profit organization of amateur non-auditioned choral singers. They join together in song and celebrate the diversity of their community. They are the only gay and lesbian chorus in North America outside a major urban center. Members come from all over Wellington and Waterloo counties and beyond. The Chorus promotes excellence in the study and practice of the choral arts for all their members and the community in general as well as educating and increasing the public’s awareness and appreciation of music and of the talents of members of their community. 

Gentleman Reg has dueted with Nina Persson from the Cardigans all over North America, sung Fleetwood Mac covers with Sarah Harmer, sung Mariah Carey covers with Owen Pallett, once performed his song ‘The Boyfriend Song’ during Feist’s set in Paris at her request, and was once rescued by all of Broken Social Scene while being harassed by some drunk frat boys in Leuven. After more than a decade of releasing albums on some of the most seminal labels in Canada – Three Gut Records, which he helped form, and Arts & Crafts – and touring the world, Reg Vermue is set to release album number five, Leisure Life. Reg is also an on again off again member of The Hidden Cameras and launched another band called Light Fires with James Bunton who released their debut single in 2011 and toured extensively throughout Europe and Canada.

Conference Schedule

Start

End

Programming Element

8:30

9:30

Registration & Info Fair

9:30

9:45

Opening Ceremony

9:45

10:45

Keynote: Jeremy Dias

10:45

11:00

Break

11:00

12:00

Workshop I

12:00

1:00

Lunch & Music (Rainbow Chorus)

1:00

1:45

Workshop II

1:45

2:00

Break

2:00

2:30

Music (Gentleman Reg)

2:30

3:45

Breakout Sessions & Closing Ceremony

 

Workshops Topics

  • Body Image in Queer Communities by Sadie Epstein-Fine & Jade Campbell-Scott
  • Parenting with Pride by Bonnie Depaul
  • The LGBTIQQ2PA+ code by Daniel Poulin & Liz Martin
  • Hanging Out, Hooking Up or Just Hung Up: Healthy Relationships and Safe Dating by Kim Kennedy & Jessica St Peter
  • The Rainbow Chorus Presents by Rainbow Chorus Members
  • Queer Media 101 by Douglas Davey & Michele Collins
  • TRANSlations by Jaye Crawford, Natasha Duncan, Christine Lafazanos, Shay Stewart
  • Visiting Feeder Schools: How to Run a Grade 8 Visit by Students from John F. Ross
  • Outsport by Outsport Toronto
  • LGBTQ Issues in a Rural Community by Students from Center Wellington
  • Skittles, Rainbows and Unicorns: Homophobia 101 by Youth Talk and WAYVE
  • Effective Activities for Equity and GSA groups by Students from Wellington Heights
  • Sexual Health for Youth by BJ Caldwell
  • How to be an Ally by Students from Centennial