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Mandate: To create a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.

Target population: All Canadians

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered: Egale works to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues. Egale will achieve this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education and community engagement.

  • My GSA: A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is an official student club with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirited, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) and heterosexual student membership and one or two teachers who serve as faculty advisors.
    • Students in a school with a GSA know that they have at least one or two adults they can talk to about LGBTQ matters.
  • RHVP (Report Homophobic Violence, Period): Today, the RHVP program has over 70 community partner organizations across Canada, and Egale Canada serves as the national and international dissemination partner, delivering training and materials.
    • The program engages victims of hate crimes, police services, and the broader community with the goal of improving the lives of victims who have been affected by hate crimes, reducing hate-based victimization for the entire community, and building a safer atmosphere where victims of hate crimes have confidence that police will investigate their concerns thoroughly while treating them with respect and understanding.
  • bodiment: Fat-phobia, body shaming, and discrimination based on appearance are seen as detrimental to a person’s self-esteem, and in turn a potential danger to their health.
    • With this project, Egale is determined to open a dialogue about men’s bodies; gay, bi, trans, and queer men’s body image; mental health; and health and wellness.
  • OUTatNight: A national fundraising and awareness campaign to engage Canadians on the crisis of LGBTQ2S youth homelessness and to support Egale’s work towards a related national strategy.
    • The campaign invites participants across the country to sleep outside on the night of May 30th, briefly experiencing the struggles that over 6000 LGBTQ2S youth experience in Canada every year.
  • You Can Play: You Can Play works to ensure safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBT athletes, coaches and fans.
    • You Can Play believes sports teams should focus on the athlete’s skills, work ethic, and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
    • Egale is the Canadian partner of You Can Play Inc.
  • Courage in the Face of Hate (CFH): In their continued fight to prevent discrimination, bullying and hate crimes based on sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, Egale Canada presents the project and feature video Courage in the Face of Hate.
    • Courage in the Face of Hate (CFH) aspires to reduce isolation amongst victims of hate crime, decrease the overall number of hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, and build knowledge and awareness of the impact of victimization.
  • Safer & Accepting Schools: Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is supporting Canada’s vision of safer and accepting schools for all by delivering free professional development workshops to every school.
    • You are encouraged to attend with a school team that includes at least one administrator, though individual attendance is also welcome.
    • These workshops are specifically designed for individuals who have had less exposure to LGBTQ issues.
  • OUTShine 2017: OUTShine is designed as a Summit for youth and educators from secondary schools from across Canada who identify as LGBTQI2S or allied.
    • Youth in grades 7 & 8 can attend if their school also includes grades 9 – 12.
    • OUTShine 2017 will be held in Windsor, Ontario; OUTShine 2019 will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
    • Announcing OUTShine 2019! Coming to Fredericton, New Brunswick in Spring 2019!
  • Corporate Equity Training: Egale offers private, public and not-for-profit sector organizations reliable, high-quality training and development for professional, management and organizational development on both a local and national scale.
    • They aim to help clients develop the strategy, motivation and accountability required to foster LGBT inclusion and safer space.
    • Grounded in anti-racism and anti-oppression principles and practices, the Egale training & facilitation includes an evidenced-based, intersectional, systemic, organizational and human rights based approach to training design and delivery in LGBTQ inclusion.
  • Two Spirits, One Voice: Two Spirits, One Voice is a community-based initiative that seeks
    to bolster supports for persons that identify both as LGBTQ and Indigenous –Two Spirit people. Funded through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, this program works with educators, healthcare workers, law enforcement and other community service providers to ensure that all services within a community are equipped to provide inclusive and cultural aware services with regards to gender and sexuality.
  • Draw-The-Line: ‘Draw-the-Line’ is an interactive campaign that aims to engage Ontarians in dialogue about sexual violence. The campaign challenges common myths about sexual violence and equips bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively.