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Government of Canada Invests More Than $150,000 to Advance Gender Equality in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MB, Aug. 9, 2022 /CNW/ – Indigenous women, women with disabilities, members of LGBTQ2 communities, as well as newcomers, Black, racialized, and migrant women are all disproportionately impacted by longstanding inequities. Through support for Manitoba-based organizations that advance gender equality and work to break down barriers, individuals in these communities will be able to fully participate in the economic, social, and democratic life in Canada.

Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, visited the Rainbow Resource Centre and announced more than $150,000 for two Manitoba-based organizations to advance gender equality in their communities:

  • $26,390 for the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba to conduct research and make policy recommendations to ensure that Manitoba’s COVID-19 recovery is responsive to and supportive of the needs of marginalized communities
  • $127,144 for the Rainbow Resource Centre to strengthen its capacity and improve the inclusiveness of policies and practices with respect to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.

These projects will improve the wellbeing of women and gender-diverse individuals and will help ensure that women and gender-diverse individuals and their families and communities can prosper—creating a more inclusive Canada for all.


“As a society, we cannot progress if women and gender-diverse individuals continue to face barriers that prevent them from fully accessing economic, social, and leadership opportunities. I applaud the Rainbow Resource Centre, the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba, and all other organizations working to advance gender equality in Canada. It’s through collaboration that we’ll make a difference.”

The Honourable Marci Ien, P.C., M.P., Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

“Capacity building is often neglected by funders who prefer to support outcomes related to service delivery. We are deeply grateful that Women and Gender Equality Canada understands the importance of strengthening internal processes to support long-term sustainability and success. The $127,144 funding will help the Rainbow Resource Centre nurture inclusive spaces for the 2SLGBTQ+ community to thrive.”

Noreen Mian, Executive Director of the Rainbow Resource Centre

“The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB) is exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to hire our first staff member, who is focused on bringing a Gender-Based Analysis Plus perspective to Manitoba and building capacity for an intersectional feminist recovery. The IIWR-MB is rooted in five values, one of which is collaborating with the wider community to raise issues related to gender equity, justice, and power within governments, institutions, and systems in order to achieve our vision of a world where dignity, gender equity, and justice are actualized for all people. The funding provided allows us to take action within our values towards such a world.”

Teruni Walaliyadde and Christine Williams, Co-chairs of the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba

Quick Facts

  • The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba project is funded through the Women’s Program, while the Rainbow Resource Centre project is funded via the Equality for Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Program. 
  • Women are less likely than men to participate in the labour force, partly because women take on a greater share of unpaid domestic and care responsibilities while being more likely to hold part-time or temporary jobs. As a result, women, particularly older women, have less earning ability and lower overall economic security.
  • Since November 2015, the Government of Canada has significantly increased funding to women’s and equality-seeking organizations, providing more than $488 million to over 1,100 projects to ensure that everyone can participate fully in Canadian society.
  • Budget 2022 demonstrates the Government of Canada’s continued commitment to supporting an inclusive response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and support for women and LGBTQ2 communities. Key gender equity investments in this budget include:
    • $539.3 million over five years to work with provinces and territories to enhance services and support to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors
    • $25 million over two years to establish a national pilot project for the Menstrual Equity Fund to help make menstrual products available to Canadians in need
    • $100 million over five years to support the implementation of the Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan to support an equal Canada for LGBTQ2 people.
  • Since April 2020, approximately $300 million in emergency COVID-19 funding has been committed to organizations supporting individuals experiencing gender-based violence.
    • This includes over $230 million provided to date to over 1,300 women’s shelters, sexual assault centres, and other organizations that provide critical support and services to those experiencing gender-based violence.
    • This funding has helped ensure continuity of services throughout the pandemic and is enhancing the capacity and responsiveness of gender-based violence organizations.
    • Because of this funding, more than 1.3 million individuals experiencing violence have had a place to go and access to support during the pandemic. 
  • Budget 2021 provided $55 million over five years to bolster the capacity of Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations to provide gender-based violence prevention programs aimed at addressing the root causes of violence. A call for proposals for this funding closed in March 2022, and Women and Gender Equality Canada will be announcing the recipients this fall.
  • Other recent investments to support LGBTQ2 communities include $15 million over three years, starting in 2021–22, for a new, distinct LGBTQ2 Projects Fund dedicated to supporting community-informed initiatives to overcome key issues facing LGBTQ2 communities. Recipients of this fund will be announced this fall.

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Transgender Conference Educates Community, Focuses on Unmet Needs  

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Members of the transgender community gathered en masse for the first time since the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to connect on several key issues, from employment opportunities and best practices to understanding the current legal status of key rights, such as the ability to self-identify or change names.

The Center for Transgender Care at Northwell Health and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell kicked off Transgender Week by hosting the third annual Long Island, Transgender, Gender Non-Confirming, Non-Binary (TGNCNB) Conference on November 14 at Hofstra University. More than 100 participants attended the conference, which was supported by the Northwell Health Transgender Community Advisory Board and an ongoing contribution for transgender education from Steven and Stacy Hoffman.

“Northwell has treated more than 1,200 transgender individuals across Long Island since we began the Center for Transgender Care,” said David Rosenthal, DO, PhD, medical director of the LGBT Health/Transgender Program at Northwell Health. “Their needs are physical, mental and social, so it is essential that we create partnerships with community organizations who serve this community. This conference is created for, and by, the community here in Long Island.”

This year’s conference focused on medical care, social support and addressing unmet needs on Long Island for TGNCNB individuals both in adolescence and adulthood, as well as their parents and children. Educational workshops focused on community agencies and their services and highlighted topics regarding legal name change, an introduction to transgender vocabulary, health and wellness, loving yourself, positive parenting of gender expansive youth, physical fitness, education on assisting a transgender child post-COVID-19 and employment challenges and strategies in the trans community.

“This conference brought together medical providers from Northwell Health, community based organizations and our patients and their families to speak about issues of importance for Transgender Care in Long Island,” said Sundeep Boparai, MHA, operations manager for Northwell’s LGBT Transgender Program.

Several community-based organizations took part: LGBT Network, Pride for Youth, Transgender Legal Defense Fund, Camp Ga’avah, PFLAG Long Island, Thursday’s Child, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, The Out Foundation, Changing the Game and the NY Transgender Bodybuilding Federation.

The event also took time to commemorate the national Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is November 20. In 2021 alone, at least 46 individuals nationwide have been killed due to transgender violence.

“Trans folxs are regular people, and like each and every one of us, they need the same health care and family support,” Dr. Rosenthal said. “We cannot tolerate discrimination and hatred against people living their authentic lives.”

The Center for Transgender Care can be reached at or 516-622-5195.

About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 77,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,800 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit and follow us @NorthwellHealth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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Groundbreaking Documentary “A Day of Trans” Explores the Experiences of Three Generations of Transgender Individuals in China

In honor of the upcoming 2021 Transgender Day of Remembrance, filmmaker Yennefer Fang hopes her latest project will help move the needle of trans representation in China.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ADayOfTrans–Independent filmmaker and LGBTQ+ rights advocate Yennefer Fang today announced the release of her latest equity-focused documentary, “A Day of Trans” (2021). This short film depicts the real lives of four Chinese transgender individuals – across three generations – and spotlights the unique challenges facing sexual minorities groups in the country. The documentary’s release comes in recognition of this year’s International Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 to honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Inspired by Fang’s own life experience, the short documentary uses an interview-style approach to describe to the audience how lives of the transgender group in China have been dramatically transformed as the country’s economy continues to grow. The documentary also focuses on the institutionalized imbalance and social barriers affecting transgender individuals of different ages, classes, educational backgrounds, and income levels.

Fang tries to dispel misconceptions through the documentary, including the perception that “transgenderism” is a contemporary or white, middle-class western term.

Fang says, “Transgender is not an exclusively western concept. Different generations of Chinese transgender people have been navigating their unique sets of economic and social challenges. They have different needs – from institutional protection to social welfare, from equal employment to health care. While the younger generations embrace more freedom of self-expression, systematic barriers remain for most transgender people.”

Fang also proposes critical questions about taken-for-granted gender assumptions in today’s mainstream culture, often intertwined with economic disparity and systemic marginalization.

“A transgender woman’s experience is different from a transgender man’s experience. It is inherently imbalanced due to the gender power structure, rooted in sexism, the dominant system that privileges men and masculinity. When women gain more equality, other sexual minorities also tend to achieve more equality,” said Fang.

On the screen, the four incredible individuals each offer a perspective that is rarely found in today’s social conversation: from the cultural revolution and the economic “opening-up” to the Generation-Z era that is underpinned by consumerism, each generation’s transgender individual chooses to define their identity with their own voice, or simply do not want to do so on non-binary terms.

Numerous local non-profit organizations supported the highly anticipated LGBTQ short film to increase positive awareness of the transgender community, which is often underrepresented or misrepresented in the motion-picture industry and foster more understanding and acceptance.

“We are proud to support Yennefer Fang as we believe that the best way to educate the public about the transgender community is by watching documentaries, movies, and TV shows that reflect the reality of trans lives. We hope that this powerful documentary will inspire dialogue, confront unexamined assumptions, celebrate the progress already made, and shed a spotlight on the unfinished work that still needs to be done in the fight for equality,” said He Tao, Head of Trans Projects at the Beijing LGBT Center, a non-profit, community-based organization empowering the LGBTQ+ community by providing social services and organizing advocacy programs.

The premiere was held at a local theatre in Beijing on November 18.

The “A Day of Trans” (2021) documentary is now available on Vimeo and YouTube.

About Yennefer Fang

Yennefer is a transgender independent filmmaker, producer, choreographer, dancer, and actress based in Beijing, dedicated to bringing more stories about LGBTQIA groups onto the big screen.

At the age of 16, Yennefer discovered her interest in the creative production field and her passion for defining how people interact with the mass media and how those interactions shape our culture and daily experiences.

She began her career by directing shows and performances about female empowerment in China. Later in the United States, she participated in numerous film projects centered around LGBTQIA groups as a producer and a cast member. In 2017, Yennefer worked as Second Assistant Director in The Eight Hundred, a Chinese historical war drama film directed by and co-written by Guan Hu and premiered in 2020.

She also co-led a destination commercial for China’s Liaoning Province and presented her work for the first time at Times Square in New York City in the following year. She later accumulated her experience in Hollywood by working as an Assistant Producer in Swimming (2017) and joined movements that support more Asian American and minority women representation in the motion-picture industry.


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Pega Launches Brand Ambassador Program with PGA TOUR’s Marc Leishman and LPGA Tour’s Mel Reid

Program is part of a greater initiative to raise awareness for how Pega helps organizations succeed in getting work done

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company that crushes business complexity, today announced the launch of its brand ambassador program to raise awareness for how Pega helps its clients solve some of the world’s biggest business challenges. Pega’s inaugural brand ambassadors – pro golfers Marc Leishman and Mel Reid – are featuring the Pega logo prominently on their attire during golf tournaments. As part of Pega’s first pro-sports sponsorships, these athletes were selected due to their alignment with Pega values, including leadership in their sport as well as their communities.

Mel Reid, an English golfer who joined the LPGA Tour in 2017 after winning six times on the Ladies European Tour following her debut as rookie of the year in 2008, took home her first tour win in October and is currently ranked No. 33 in the world. She is an advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights in sports, and will be wearing Pega’s Pride logo throughout LGBT Pride month in June – marking one of the first times a Pride logo has ever been used in professional golf. Reid is currently a pro ambassador for Athlete Ally, an organization educating athletic communities at all levels to understand obstacles to inclusion for LGBTQ people and how to build inclusive communities. Inclusivity is a core value Pega believes fosters creativity and innovation, which is critical to success in business, sports, and life, and aligns directly with Reid’s commitment to and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Marc Leishman, an Australian on the PGA TOUR, was rookie of the year in 2009 and is currently ranked No. 40 on the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 34 in FedExCup rankings. He has won six PGA TOUR tournaments, including last month’s Zurich Classic, and finished fifth in this year’s The Masters. Consistent with Pega’s dedication to global charitable efforts, Leishman helped establish the Begin Again Foundation. The foundation aims to save lives through sepsis and toxic shock syndrome education and awareness, provide financial assistance to survivors and families, and support communities during times of crisis.  

The Pega Brand Ambassador program is part of a broader effort to raise awareness for how Pega helps cut through complexity to help organizations succeed in getting work done. With Pega, brands can work smarter, stronger, faster, simpler, and better to do things they never thought possible.

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“Whether in golf or business, crushing complexity is critical to driving success and performance,” said Tom Libretto, chief marketing officer, Pegasystems. “Marc Leishman and Mel Reid are the perfect partners to help us carry this message to businesses and people around the world. We look forward to supporting these two highly-focused pros as they help bring our message into the mainstream.  We are especially excited to bring the Pega Pride logo to professional golf to coincide with Pride month in June.”

“Whether you’re on the links or in an office, we’re all looking to master productivity and performance,” said Mel Reid. “As a partner with Pega, I’m thrilled to align with a company that will help me achieve my personal goals, and inspire businesspeople to reach theirs. I look forward to wearing the Pega Pride logo on the course and am grateful for the opportunity to work with a sponsor that enabled me to do so.”

“Anyone who’s been on a golf course knows that less complexity in your swing equals better performance,” said Marc Leishman. “That’s why I’m excited to represent an organization like Pega that helps businesses simplify their approach and drive real results. I look forward to carrying the Pega name across golf courses around the world.”

About Pegasystems:
Pega delivers innovative software that crushes business complexity. From maximizing customer lifetime value to streamlining service to boosting efficiency, we help the world’s leading brands solve problems fast and transform for tomorrow. Pega clients make better decisions and get work done with real-time AI and intelligent automation. And, since 1983, we’ve built our scalable architecture and low-code platform to stay ahead of rapid change. Our solutions save people time, so our clients’ employees and customers can get back to what matters most. For more information on Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA), visit

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Tunisia: UN expert praises democratic progress since Revolution, says more needed for LGBT persons

GENEVA, 18 June 2021 / PRN Africa / — A UN human rights expert today acknowledged the steps taken by Tunisia since the Revolution just over 10 years ago to advance equality and non-discrimination, and urged the government to amend legislation to fully protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.

At the end of his visit to the country, the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, said State action is needed to ensure that the national legislation is fully compliant with constitutional principles and international human rights law.

“The democratic path that Tunisia has embarked on and its regional leadership in human rights demonstrate that issues considered sensitive can be diligently addressed within a human rights-based approach,” he said at the end of a 10-day visit to Tunis, Sousse and Sfax.

“There however seems to be a tacit social agreement to ask people with non-normative sexual orientations or gender identities to hide their true nature. This arrangement may be convenient for some sectors of society, but it is not in the best interests of society and not acceptable under international human rights law,” he said. “Social mores and the impact of religious thought in implementing them should not be obstacles to the recognition of human rights for the whole of society, including LGBT persons.”

Madrigal-Borloz noted the particular challenge of the use of criminal law to unduly persecute non-normative sexual orientations and gender identities, which is at the root of endemic discrimination, and acts of physical and psychological violence that impede access to justice for LGBT people and lead to their exclusion from the health, education, employment and housing sectors.

He said the impact of criminalization on the enjoyment of the rights of LGBT people in Tunisia, and the invisible mechanisms of social exclusion continue to lead to their marginalization. “I am convinced that there is an urgent need to raise awareness of sexual and gender diversity as inherent features of human nature that must be respected to enable LGBT persons to live with dignity and to fully enjoy their human rights,” Madrigal-Borloz said. In particular, he urged the Tunisian State to immediately halt the practice of anal tests, a form of torture, which is condemned by eminent Tunisian scholars and practitioners and global human rights bodies alike.

The expert met with State officials, members of civil society and several LGBT people who shared experiences and life stories with him.

“I congratulate Tunisia for its determination and openness to dialogue and I welcome the determination shown by the State to respect the spirit of the Revolution and to guarantee the dignity and freedom of all, including LGBT persons,” the UN expert said.

“I place a lot of hope in the democratic projects underway, in particular the harmonisation of legislation with the Constitution and international human rights treaties.”

SOURCE United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

SodaStream and Star Laverne Cox Release New Pride Video Spotlighting Cox as Superhero for LGBTQI+ Rights

The Brand Revamps Its Iconic Sparkling Water Maker into Customizable
“Rainbow Story” Special Edition with Rainbow Markers
Inviting Consumers to Personalize With Their Own Pride Stories

TORONTO,, June 8, 2021 /CNW/ – Today SodaStream, the leading sparkling water brand, releases its 2021 campaign in support of Pride Month. The brand teams up with Emmy-nominated actress and prominent trans advocate Laverne Cox in a beautifully animated film entitled, “Rainbow Story.”

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SodaStream and Star Laverne Cox Release New Pride Video Spotlighting Cox as Superhero for LGBTQI+ Rights (CNW Group/SodaStream Canada)
SodaStream and Star Laverne Cox Release New Pride Video Spotlighting Cox as Superhero for LGBTQI+ Rights (CNW Group/SodaStream Canada)

The film stars Laverne as a superhero and takes us through key moments in her life, beginning with a live action sequence and transitioning into animation as Laverne’s story unfolds. We see her evolve from childhood and the challenges that brought into the strong accomplished woman she is today, taking part in major milestones for LGBTQI+ rights and celebrating her personal achievements, some of which were a first for the trans community all over the world. The video leaves viewers with a message from Laverne encouraging people to proudly share their own “Rainbow Story.”

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“I love SodaStream and I love the idea of being a superhero. I also love that part of the proceeds from the sale of this Rainbow Story SodaStream are going to an NGO that services the LGBTQI+ community all over the world,” commented Laverne Cox. “I think giving back and being of service is really what it’s all about”.

In celebration of Pride Month, SodaStream is also releasing Limited Edition “Rainbow Story” Sparkling Water Maker kits. The “Rainbow Story” machine features a sleek matte black design and comes with a special pack of six rainbow markers, inviting consumers to personalize their machines by writing or illustrating their personal pride stories.

Proceeds from the online sale of the “Rainbow Story” Kit during the month of June will go to PFLAG Canada, up to a total donation of $10,000. PFLAG Canada is a 100 per cent volunteer-based charity and Canada’s only national organization that offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

“At SodaStream we stand for equality. We are happy to participate in Pride again this year and honored to collaborate with Laverne, a real-life superhero who inspires all of us,” commented Karin Schifter-Maor, SodaStream Chief Marketing Officer. “We hope our special edition sparkling water maker will encourage our consumers to share their own story with pride.”

The Limited Edition “Rainbow Story” Sparkling Water Maker kit is available at for $119.99.

About SodaStream
SodaStream, part of PepsiCo, is the world’s leading sparkling water brand by volume. SodaStream enables consumers to enjoy endless good bubbles at home, without hassle, and help save the planet. SodaStream bubbles are better for the consumer – healthy, easy to make, light to carry – helping consumers replace thousands of single-use plastic bottles with one reusable SodaStream bottle. To learn more about SodaStream visit and follow SodaStream on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Bruce Knotts: Persistence at the United Nations for LGBTQ Rights

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Bruce Knotts, Director of the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations.

Bruce was a persistent voice in United Nations committee meetings always raising his hand asking, “what about LGBTQ people in this”. Prior to him, there had been occasional mention of lesbian rights with women-focused summits, but never the full LGBTQ spectrum. Bruce worked tirelessly to lobby other delegates to gain vocal support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transcend, and queer (LGBT) rights. The momentum began. Bruce was granted a United Nations workshop on LGBTQ rights. He discovered Norway was considering putting a resolution forward. His workshop turns from the intent of education to gain support to being an active working group. As we discussed in the first video/podcast, the Unitarian Universalists have a long tradition of being an inclusive and welcoming congregation faith for all. They respect and value all world faiths and celebrate all in their interesting and often engaging services. Bruce Knotts a former US State Department representative, became the Directors of the Unitarian Universalist office at the United Nations in 2008. With full support and backing of the President and board of the Unitarian Universalist Association ( he took the role with his clear personal and organizational missions to drive hard for LGBTQ rights and equality at the UN.

1st episodes discussing what is Unitarian Universalism:…

  • 01:00 What does the UUA office at the United Nations do?
  • 02:00 UUA President approves strong advocacy for LGTQ rights with work at United Nations
  • 02:45 As of 2008 the only United Nations level discussion happened in March at a Women’s conference then only discussing lesbian rights. Very little to no other discussions throughout the year on LGBTQ rights.
  • 03:00 Persistance and lobbying lead to first-ever LGBTQ workshop in the 60-year history of these international conferences
  • 08:10 Now the United Nations has policies and programs in all 108 agencies that benefit LGBTQ people around the world including their employees, like domestic partner benefits, which they didn’t have before.
  • 10:00 Right-wing jumped in around 2012 , holding ground. Your votes at all levels count.

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Bruce stated that between 2008 – 2012 the pro-LGBTQ coalition was making great strides. Then the evangelical right-wing groups who typically loath the United Nations started to show up to oppose any proposed action regarding advancing rights and equality for LGBTQ citizens around the world. He clarified that as of now no ground made has been lost, yet no significant advancements have been won since. We discussed the importance of never resting on the issues of LGBTQ rights and equality. For example, when the United States Marriage Equality was passed, many organizations simply shut down believing their work was done. That was a mistake. They could have leveraged all the infrastructure to push for the same in other countries and broadened to include a wider set of issues faced by LGBTQ people. We further discussed the importance of voting in every election at all levels. The issues can affect you and others in the district/community. Your vote matters. Your involvement matters.

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