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Julius

Julius, a young artist from Toronto, talks about his experiences of coming out – First recognizing his same-sex attraction in the Philippines and then once he immigrated to Canada, he notes some significant differences in the coming out process. He continues to work with issues of acceptance and homonormativity in his art practice. Julius’s artwork can be viewed at:
http://juliusmanapul.wix.com/julius-poncelet-manapul-art#!
http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/98229-julius-poncelet-manapul

Julius’s story is the one in a series recorded at World Pride in Toronto, Ontario in 2014. Heart felt thanks go to the sponsors of this series: Media Net in Victoria, BC and Trinity Square Video in Toronto. Special thanks to Milada Kovacova at Trinity.

Martine

Martine is a union activist and a trans activist. Martine has been on the National Pink Triangle Committee at CUPE for the last ten years. Her human rights case brought back public funding for Gender Reassignment Surgery in Ontario. The group she helped form; The Trans Health Lobby Group successfully lobbied for trans people’s right to change the gender on official identification documents without surgery. CUPE supported Martine in a number of ways throughout her human rights case (7 years). Martine and the Trans Lobby Group are now lobbying for Bill C279 for gender identity to be included in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Rock on Martine.

Martine’s story is one of a series of stories collected at the Moving Trans* History Forward Symposium, put on by the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria in March of 2014. The MT*HF symposium graciously allowed onmyplanet.ca to record stories on site during the symposium.

Joyce

Joyce talks about her experience living on women’s land in southern Manitoba and reflects on women’s community.

Joyce’s story is one of a series from the VLSCS Coffee Talk group, shot with the generous sponsorship of the Victoria Lesbian Senior Care Society and an anonymous donor. The purpose of the VLSCS is to support lesbian health and social needs as we age by providing safe, accessible, welcoming spaces to build community through public education and social action. www.VLSCS.ca

Krin

Krin reveals her life long career in feminist lesbian work – as a counselor in education and later in social services, she has pioneered a number of milestones for the LGBTQI movements. Krin along with her partner of 35 years, was among the first wave of lesbian mothers in the 80s. She was also one of the first to begin to educate police officers in the Toronto area on LGBTQI issues. Thank you Krin for all your contributions and advancements.

This video is the first in a series recorded at World Pride in Toronto in 2014. Heart felt thanks go to the sponsors of this series: Media Net in Victoria and Trinity Square Video in Toronto. Special thanks to Milada Kovacova at Trinity.