by Winnie Smith

The International Day Against Homophobia event will be taking place in the Agora, this Thursday (April 16th) from 10:00AM until 2:30PM. The event is hosted by GALA: Gay and Literally All (originally Gay and Lesbian Association) at John Abbott College. The event will center around the fight against homophobia by creating a safe and educational center for people to learn about sexualities of all kinds, gender expressions, and much more.

The main goal of the day will be to spread as much information as possible in order to help the fight against hate crimes. Booths will be set up with various topics of discussion (some including activities) and volunteers will explain what each subject is about as well as how someone, regardless of orientation or gender, can help within the community.

Symbol for female homosexuality
Symbol for female homosexuality

Support for family and friends will be offered as well as different information regarding help centers and safe spaces. The event will have speakers: David Hawkins and Mitch Hagen, covering topics about gender, sexuality, judgement, and overcoming the threat of bullying any member of the LGBT*QIA+ community may experience. The speakers will go from approximately 11:30AM until 12:30PM. A main activity for everyone will be going on at the entrance of the event, and participants will receive free cupcakes upon completion. GALA and everyone involved would like to welcome you to the event.

Stop by and get educated on topics to spread knowledge about a subject that is very important in today’s society. Anyone can join in on the cause. We hope to see you there!

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