Human Rights Conference funding to help seniors and youth

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Youth and seniors looking to attend the Vancouver North America Outgames Human Rights Conference are big winners from recently announced government funding.

North America OutgamesWith an $81,000 contribution from the British Columbia government, funds are now being made available to assist up to 70 youth and seniors to attend the Human Rights Conference scheduled for July 26 – 28, 2011.

“Youth and seniors are two audiences we very much want to engage at the Conference,” said co-chair Greg Larocque. “LGBTQ youth are four times more likely to be bullied in this province and seniors are often confronted with elder abuse and disrespect. So we want them to be engaged in knowing, understanding, and demanding their rights, not just in this province, but in the rest of Canada and the United States. We want them to be lifelong good citizens, and knowing their rights is the first critical step in doing so.”

Youth and seniors wishing to take advantage of the subsidy must do so by expressing their interest in an email to Victor Elkins, Conference Co-Chair. Individuals will be expected to pay a fee of $50 to confirm their interest and will be subsidized the $425 registration costs.  Those applying for the subsidy should indicate their reasons for wanting to attend the Conference and, if under the age of 18, also provide a parental or guardian letter of support.

The Human Rights Conference will take place at the Sheraton Wall Centre, July 26-28, 2011. Conference sessions will address several topics including challenges in education, workplace issues, homophobia and transphobia in sport, Human Rights law worldwide, and the ability to practise their religions for LGBTQ individuals.

In addition to the Conference sessions, there will be two symposiums on Friday and Saturday, July 29-30. One symposium, hosted by the Q Hall of Fame Foundation, will address hate crime issues, particularly as they relate to laws in place, enforcement of these laws, and decisions rendered to support the laws. The second symposium, the Salaam Conference, will look at the applications and role of Islam and its support for members of the LGBTQ community to practise their faith without discrimination or ostracism.

Two Human Rights Awards will be presented at the closing session of the Conference. The selection of recipients is being chaired by former Member of Parliament Svend Robinson. Two recipients will be honoured, an organization and an individual who have significantly and constructively moved forward Human Rights for LGBTQ persons.

Vancouver North America Outgames Human Rights Conference
Sheraton Wall Centre
26 – 28 July 2011

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