Tales from the Airport Lounge

It seems like a regular occurrence, hunting for an outlet in another airport to plug-in my computer, and catching up on emails. There is one that I need to answer ASAP from a teacher in Almonte who wants to organize a field trip to Ottawa so her Rainbow Alliance students (25+) can participate in a day long forum on LGBTQ & bullying topics, organized by the JersVision.org team. It is gonna be June 12, and will be a great day!

Last week was insane, our education teams spoke at schools in Renfrew County, Belleville and 3 others in Ottawa; not to mention working on the HepC Forum (Dec 2012), Trans Rights project planning, button making for the collaboration with the Alberta Ballet & Elton John (May 2-5 in Calgary; May 10-12 in Edmonton), a Team training day on Gender & STBBIs, Conference planning for next year, workshops at French schools, and planning our Toronto Fundraiser (May 11).

Myself, I was in the office Monday, then in Winnipeg Manitoba from Tues-Friday speaking with students from 14 schools at 10 events—a grand total of 3000+ students, plus workshops and meetings scattered in-between.  The last day was special, because we partnered with the Rainbow Resource Centre to co-present a first of its kind LGBTQ themed Field Trip with students from 3 different schools. Gathering at the Legislature, we met with an openly gay Minister, were then treated to a tour of the Rainbow Resource Centre in Winnipeg, got a workshop on Queer History, had some drag-entertainment and finished the day with a theatrical piece. It was amazing!

Right now, I am in the Halifax airport, waiting for my flight to Deer Lake, Newfoundland. The flight attendant described it as God’s country (see the picture).

In Western Newfoundland, I will be speaking to the entire populations of 10 schools over 4 days, as well as 2 evening sessions with parents and college students. I can’t wait! The teacher told me on the phone today, that it will be the first time many of theses students will be talking about homophobic & transphobic bullying.

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