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Support LGBTI rights at Human Rights Vigil on August 22

    August 19, 2013

    Capital Pride and Amnesty International are holding a Human Rights Vigil on Thursday August 22nd from 8:00–9:00pm at the Human Rights Monument, located on Elgin Street at Lisgar Street. The vigil will honour the many LGBTI people globally who have faced persecution, violence, and in many cases death because of their sexuality or gender identity.

    Leading LGBTI activists will speak about how difficult it is to “Be Loud, Be Proud” in many parts of the world, and a sneak peek at a new documentary film on homophobia in Jamaica will be screened. The names of those whose lives have been lost to homophobia in the past year will be read out, followed by a moment of silence.

    A contrast to the fun-filled parade and some of the other events during Capital Pride, the Human Rights Vigil serves as a reminder that for people in many parts of the world it is not possible to “Be Loud, Be Proud,” and there is much work left to be done to ensure that the human rights of LGBTI individuals the world over are protected.

    Guest Speakers:
    • Mayor Jim Watson – Speaking on what it means to “Be Loud, Be Proud” in Ottawa.
    • Leslie Foster – Producer of “Until We Have Faces; The Civil Rights Struggle of LGBT Jamaica” will introduce his film.
    • Maurice Tomlinson – Jamaica’s leading LGBTI and HIV/AIDS activist, with over 14 years experience working in the Caribbean, Maurice will speak about the rise of homophobia in Jamaica and impunity for perpetrators. Maurice is also the Legal Advisor for Marginalized Groups for AIDS Free World founded by Stephen Lewis, and is serving as Capital Pride’s International Parade Marshal.
    • Amanda Ryan – The Outreach Coordinator and former second vice-president with Gender Mosaic, Amanda is the Lifetime Achievement Marshal for Capital Pride and will speak about the challenges faced by the transgendered community in having their human rights upheld.
    Tom Decker – A police officer turned pastor, Tom travels the Caribbean with his partner Maurice Tomlinson, leading awareness-raising sessions for law enforcement on LGBTI issues.

    What:   Capital Pride and Amnesty International Human Rights Vigil
    Where:  The Human Rights Monument (Elgin Street at Lisgar Street)
    When:     Thursday August 22nd, 2013, 8:00-9:00pm

    For further information:
    • Brodie Fraser, Capital Pride, 613-234-4234, brodie@capitalpride.ca, www.capitalpride.ca
    • Elizabeth Berton-Hunter, Amnesty International, 416-363-9933x332, bberton-hunter@amnesty.ca, www.ammesty.ca