Queers at the Leg for IDAHO

Posted on May 18, 2011 by

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Members of PFLAG, along with Queer Theory Collective, Pride in Education (PIE) came out in force for the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) at the Provincial Legislature on Tuesday, May 17th, from 1 to 2 PM, the first such demonstration in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

[PFLAG press release]

Toronto, May 16th, 2011 – PFLAG Canada raises the Pride flag in support of International Day Against Homophobia on Tuesday May 17th in communities across Canada.

PFLAG Canada launches an awareness campaign today in Toronto to help raise awareness of the support it offers all Canadians facing the challenges of sexual orientation and gender identity. The campaign idea dramatizes the hard-hitting truth that one third of suicides are committed by people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender – six times the rate of the heterosexual population and most prevalent among youth.

“This campaign launches as we partner with Fondation Emergence to raise Pride Flags in communities across the country in recognition of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.  It represents an opportunity to outreach to those in need, encourage acceptance  and build on our announcement last month to launch the first national 24/7 LGBTQ-A support line, website and community network later this year.” said Cherie MacLeod, Executive Director, PFLAG Canada.

The campaign launches today in high profile Toronto public transit locations and print media through the generous support of the team at DraftFCB, Astral Media, CBS Outdoor, Metro, NOW Magazine and The Grid.  The creative idea by Santiago Fernandez-Concha and Braeden Laverty was recognized at the 2011 National Advertising Awards on May 6th.  “We thank the entire team at DraftFCB and our media partners for their passion to bring this breakthrough idea to reality so expediently.  In doing so, they have demonstrated their unconditional commitment to help us inspire change”, said Mark Childs, Marketing Board Director, PFLAG Canada.

About PFLAG Canada:

PFLAG Canada is the only national organization that provides individual, family and community-based support to anyone with questions or concerns about sexual orientation and gender identity issues. We believe in creating harmony and acceptance by addressing the concerns of the individual and building greater understanding for sexual and gender diversity in the home and wider community.

Every day, PFLAG volunteers are contacted by frightened adolescents and by angry, fearful or ashamed parents.

. 26% of LGBT youth are told to leave home.
. LGBT youth are more likely to become homeless.
. 30% of suicides are LGBT
. 43% of trans-identified persons attempt suicide
. LGBT students hear anti-gay slurs 26 times a day

PFLAG Canada supports, educates and provides resources to anyone with questions or concerns.  24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

PFLAG Canada is there when it seems no-one else is.

For media queries please contact Cherie MacLeod, Executive Director at (506) 869-8191 orexecdirector@pflagcanada.ca.

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