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Thursday, May 21, 2009
An Extra Special Spring Newsletter!
Hello everyone! Welcome to the spring version of Queers on Campus.
This is the first time we are continuing throughout the spring and summer, and we hope you'll help us make it a success!
This newsletter has treats for everyone:
FAIRYTALES INTERNATIONAL DIVERSITY QUEER FILM FESTIVAL http://www.fairytalesfilmfest.com/2009/ May 28 - June 6, 2009 -- Plaza Theatre & Other Venues Calgary's queer film festival is back and with a vengeance! 10 days of queer film with an exciting lineup for everyone. This year, Fairytales has generously given us a sponsorship place for one of their films: The Lost Coast - http://www.fairytalesfilmfest.com/2009/details.php?id=7 Plaza Theatre, 4:00PM Saturday, May 30, 2009 This is a very exciting opportunity and we will be presenting the film as a community sponsor. We also have a small number of free tickets. There will also be a youth Mixer at the Sungate Cafe down the street in Kensington after the film we are also invited to. We hope to see you there!!
COFFEE NIGHTS Every Tuesday, 7PM, Kensington Second Cup Table with the stuffed animal. Typically near back. Our coffee nights have been extremely successful, especially continuing now into the spring/summer. We have had great turn out and welcome everyone to join us weekly!
QCampus Calgary Pride Float The idea has been bantered around of Queers on Campus producing a float for Calgary Pride in September. We have some ideas together and are seeking volunteer support, enthusiasm, and special skills in parade float building. If you're interested at all, please contact us!
Alberta Bill 44 Petition The Alberta NDP are taking a petition against the proposed Bill 44 which although includes sexuality in the list of categories protected against discrimination (a protection already enshrined by the Supreme Court of Canada -- never written in, but is effective in Alberta), but with the caveat that parents be allowed to make a human rights complaint against teachers who teach any subject relating to sex, sexuality, and religion without first explicitly seeking parental approval. This bill is highly contested by many groups including teachers, lawyers, human rights groups, and the queer community. The petition is for anyone who disagrees with this exceptionally contentious and offensive bill. We will have the petition to sign at coffee nights, and if you would like to add your name, please visit us there, or contact us by e-mail. For more information about the bill itself, see the Government of Alberta website: http://www.assembly.ab.ca/net/index.aspx?p=bills_status&selectbill=044
The Dallas Principles http://www.thedallasprinciples.org/ On May 15-17, 2009 in Dallas, Texas twenty-four thinkers, activists, and donors gathered to discuss the immediate need for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender people in the United States. They have published a series of principles to achieve equality for LGBT people in the US, and are also seeking endorsement by people everywhere. Please take a look at this, and we urge support in support of the queer community in the States.
That's about it for now. Hopefully see you all next week for Coffee Night AND Fairytales!!