More than 50 people RSVPed my invitation to attend the first LGBTQ2 forum in the Laurentians.
My guest of honour, Randy Boissonnault, MP for Edmonton Centre and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 issues, gave us an overview of LGBTQ2 communities in Canada.
The forum gave us an opportunity to better identify the issues that the LGBTQ2 community faces in our region, so we can work together to provide better resources and establish a welcoming and inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQ2 community.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sylvain Hébert of the Carrefour jeunesse emploi (CJE) Thérèse-De Blainville. Your involvement and knowledge about the needs of the LGBTQ2 community in the Laurentians was invaluable to hosting this forum.
A topic of interest to many
Dr. Éric Goyer, public health director for the Laurentians, as well as elected officials from all three levels of government and representatives from various local organizations, participated in this forum. Two young people and one mother of a trans child shared their personal experience, which led to useful discussions during the round table.
Nicolas Courcy, an LGBT+ social worker at the Centre Sida Amitié, and Olivier Shareck, a social worker at the Thérèse-De Blainville CJE, shared with us what members of the LGBTQ2 community experience. They also presented information on issues specific to this community and explained what services were available in the Laurentians region.
Participants brought up ideas for providing resources tailored to the LGBTQ2 community in a respectful and safe way. They also talked about best practices to adopt and opened a dialogue on issues that are sensitive for members of the LGBTQ2 community.
“Too often, support is lacking outside of big cities. I am proud that my colleagues are mindful of the needs of the LGBTQ2 community. We are here to listen and take action.”
– Randy Boissonnault
“I was eager to respond to MP Ayoub’s call to help organize the first LGBTQ2 forum in the Laurentians. Fighting homophobia and transphobia, promoting sexual and gender diversity, and including diversity in the workplace are important issues, and we all have a role to play here.”
– Sylvain Hébert