Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau begins first full day of campaigning in Calgary the day after election called
Deadmau5's The Veldt blasted through the speakers of Liberal candidate Matt Grant's campaign headquarters located at 922 Centre Street N. on Aug. 3, along with the cheers of many supporters of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Then, through a small opening created by the crowd of about 400 people squishing up against one another, the man everyone wanted to see stepped up to the podium. But first, he stopped to admire a mother holding her newborn baby who had a Liberal pin fastened to its onesie.
"Hello Calgary," Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said, greeting a crowd packed into a sweltering hot room in the Calgary Confederate riding.
Ruling seen as welcome first step, but universal equality remains elusive
Two days before the U.S. Supreme Court's (or SCOTUS) ruling that transformed equality in America on June 26, I received hate mail from a known prolific, homophobic hate mail writer commenting on an article I'd written about the transgender community. The email I received included links to religious conversion groups promising to help individuals overcome their homosexuality "disease." This returned me to 2005, in Calgary, when I first came out as a lesbian and the acceptance I sought and fought for from my family, friends and community. Although I wasn't aware at the time, it was also the year same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada.
Campus preparing for surge in enrolment of aboriginal students
When Morley resident Alysha Raine stepped foot on Mount Royal University campus in September 2014, she was cautiously optimistic.
A 21-year-old Aboriginal woman from Stoney Nation, Raine was starting her first year in the open studies program at MRU. She was one of 486 aboriginal students on campus, making up 3.6 per cent of the student body.
Raine said there were times she felt isolated. However, she expected to feel like more of a minority than she actually did.
Calgary Outlink: Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, host second annual fundraiser and celebration in Calgary
Calgary Outlink: Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity is Calgary's LGBTQ+ support hub, providing services and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community in Calgary and Alberta as a whole for more than 30 years.
With a huge need for support services in the community, three staff members and a large volunteer base continue to take a leadership role on LGBTQ+ issues in the city and the province.
"LGBTQ+ folks across the spectrum experience so much social stigma every day. From coming out to aging LGBTQ+ populations, to being an LGBTQ+ newcomer to Canada – all of our community members have different barriers they face and different supports that they need to thrive," says Fleetwood Legare, co-director at Calgary Outlink Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.
"We are a place where people can overcome and examine the stigma and shame that many LGBTQ+ folks internalize."