Monday, April 21, 2008

Egale Canada April Bulletin

In this issue:
Cyndi Lauper, Egale Canada: True Colors Tour 2008.
Egale Canada's AGM: Board Candidates
Egale Trans Committee
"Come play down under"
True Colors Tour 2008

Toronto – June 4, 2008
Link to TicketMaster Public Tickets
Vancouver - July 2, 2008
On Sale April 18. Click here.

Egale Canada has joined forces with legendary human rights performer Cyndi Lauper to launch a national tour in support of gay, lesbian, bi, and trans-identified equality. The True Colors 2008 Tour will feature Cyndi, The B-52s, Carson Kressley and Rosie O'Donnell as well as other special guests in select cities like Tegan and Sara, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Joan Armatrading, Wanda Sykes, Regina Spektor, Indigo Girls, The Cliks, Deborah Cox, Nona Hendryx and many others. The Tour is playing two dates in Canada, Toronto on June 4th and Vancouver on July 2nd. Egale will receive a dollar from every ticket sold for the Canadian venues sharing the total with The 519 Community Centre in Toronto and The Centre in Vancouver.
25 Cities – 5 Hours of Non-Stop Music, Comedy and Celebration!

Annual General Meeting
Egale's board members are a dedicated group of volunteers who have a passion for advancing equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bi and trans-identified people and their families across Canada. We are pleased to introduce you to the candidates seeking election to the Board at next month's Annual General Meeting, in St. John's Newfoundland. The meeting will take place at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 10th, at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road. Hope to see you there.Candidates for Egale Canada Board:
Election 2008 (Two year terms)
Region (Prov/Terr)
Atlantic (NB, NL, NS, PE)
Benjie Nycum
Quebec (excluding the NCR)
Jeffrey David Kushner
Ontario (excluding the NCR)
Hilary Cook
Prairies (AB, MB, NT, NU, SK)
Mickey Wilson
Pacific (BC, YK)
Terre Flower
At Large: (Trans)
T.J. Naven


Benjie Nycum - (Atlantic Region – Non-female)Benjie Nycum lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He co-founded Young Gay America, a project that involved travelling North America with two friends and interviewing more than 1,500 queer teens about their experiences of coming out and coping in high school. Out of that project, he published the book Young Gay America: LGBT Youth and Their Allies and a film, Jim in Bold, about a gay youth's suicide. Benjie is extremely knowledgeable about the challenges queer youth are currently facing in Canada.

Jeffrey David Kushner – (Quebec Excluding National Capital - Non-female)Jeffrey lives in Montreal, Quebec, where he sits as an administrative judge on the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board. He speaks English, French, Hebrew and Hindi-Urdu fluently. Jeffrey has been a member of Egale's Legal Issues Committee since 2000. He has a wide knowledge of the non-profit sector, having served in the past as Executive Director of Alliance Quebec and the Canadian Jewish Congress (Quebec Region) and on the boards of numerous community organizations including Chinese Family Services of Greater Montreal, the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews and Muslim-Jewish Dialogue.

Hilary Cook – (Ontario Region Excluding the National Capital - Non-male)Hilary Cook is a labour lawyer. She has been involved in queer activism since the mid 1990s. She has been Chair of Egale's legal issues committee since 2000 and on the board of Egale since 2004. She lives in Toronto with her delightful children, fat cats, and gorgeous partner.
Mickey Wilson – (Prairies Region – Non-female)Mickey Wilson lives in Edmonton, Alberta. For more than twenty years, he has been active in the trans and queer communities. He founded and facilitates a trans support group, provides peer education and develops educational materials. In addition, he is the minister of a church in the queer community, providing pastoral ministry to people living in the inner city, including people living with HIV/AIDS.
Terre Flower – (Pacific Region BC, YK - Non-male)Terre is the Diversity Coordinator for the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society where she has worked for 8 years. She is also a diversity consultant and trainer. A native of New Brunswick, with a Ph.D from the University of Toronto, Terre lives on Gabriola Island. As a feminist, trainer and educator Terre has extensive experience in creating innovative strategies and programs to involve people and institutions in diversity initiatives.

T.J. Naven – (Member at large – Trans)T. J. Naven has a long history of involvement in the queer community. T.J. is currently in his final year at Wilfrid Laurier University and works as Senior Program Coordinator for WLU's Rainbow Centre. Passionate about LGBT equality, T.J. was responsible for program development from the initial proposal for the Rainbow Centre space through to the present. He is also a member of the StudentDiversity Committee and the Sexual Diversity Committee and has been a presenter at numerous conferences and events. T.J. was the recipient of the 2007 Youth Line Award for Outstanding Contribution to Queer Student Life sponsored by Egale Canada. T.J. identifies as transmasculine, and lives much of his life outside of the traditional female or male gender structure.
If you have any questions about the AGM, please feel free to contact us:, 1-888-204-7777 (toll free).

Egale Trans Committee
Egale Canada wants to continue to work at every level of government and with trans community groups and individuals to build coalitions to advance trans equality and awareness across the country. Let us know about events happening in your community and we will post on our web site as well as share with others. Contact the Egale Trans Committee at, or call 1-888-204-7777 (toll free). Share your story and let's help to educate and inform others about the challenges faced on a daily basis.

Come Play Down Under
A huge thank you to travel and Air New Zealand for joining with Egale Canada and providing a trip for two to Sydney's Mardi Gras on board the first ever Pink Flight. The campaign was a great success and Paul Losier and his partner from Dartmouth, were the lucky winners. We're waiting for photos! Thanks to everyone who participated and stay tuned for more to come in the future. Let's remember to support those who support us. Now that winter is over, check out They make it easy to get away.

That's it for now. Check out their web site for details of all of the campaigns and initiatives!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fun but addictive!

Hey all, check out for another fix of juicy celebrity gossip and a look into their fascinating lives!

Outlooks New Website!!

Hey everyone! Thank you for your patience, as you may have noticed that the current website that you know and love is under construction at the moment. We're preparing for some changes and a new look, so please keep checking back often. In the meantime, please check out the Outlooks Blog for new updates on Canada's LGBT community magazine, from coast to coast!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Issue Now On-line!!

It's Finally Springtime!
Spring Fashions are featured in this month's issue and also an article about skincare. In the Greenroom Charlie David interviews Peter Stickles from the new T.V. series The Lair. Josh Murray interviews Taylor Dayne, the late 80s pop icon and Sean McLennan tells us more about the AIDS research breakthrough at the University of Alberta. Plus our regular columnists and Out & About coverage from Across Canada. Happy Spring!