GLISA.NA is so excited to bring you updates from Vancouver over the next couple months as we count down to the start of the 2nd North America Outgames in the beautiful city of Vancouver. The continental games are from July 25th thru to July 31st and coincide with the Vancouver Pride Celebrations.
Olympic magic has returned to Vancouver as the quest for the Stanley Cup comes to the city and is the main topic of conversation. This energy and excitement is already having an effect on the Outgames as more athletes register for the summer event fueling the imagination of what will be achieved at these games!
The Vancouver 2011 Human Rights Conference is from July 26 through 28 and offers more than 40 concurrent sessions (workplace advocacy, issues for youth and seniors, transgender, law and public policy, homophobia/transphobia in sports).
In addition to plenary speaker Blake Skjellerup, UBC professor and concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner and Stephen Glassman, Chair of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, will attend.
As well, three targeted symposia will be presented: homophobia and transphobia in sport hosted by Sport BC; the UNITE Against Hate Crime symposium hosted by the Q Hall of Fame Foundation (separate registration fee); and the Salaam Conference examing issues of discrimination and ostracism for LGBTQ Muslims (separate registration fee). (For more information on these symposia, contact Molly firstname.lastname@example.org for UNITE and Imtiaz email@example.com or El-Farouk firstname.lastname@example.org) for Salaam.
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