Friday, June 20th marked the official kick-off of WorldPride 2014 in Toronto. Celebrating people across the globe of all backgrounds and sexual orientations, this is North America’s very first WorldPride event.

Here at the Foundation, we are proud supporters of the LGBT community and young people in the child welfare system who are also members of this community. Last year, we supported the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto’s (CAST) annual Pride BBQ that brings together different members of the child welfare community to celebrate Pride and honour youth who have made a difference by speaking-out against homophobia or have worked to make their communities more inclusive of the LGBT community.

According to CAST, when young men and women reveal that they are homosexual to their parents, approximately 25% (that’s 1 in 4) families will react in a physically violent manner, even though physical violence has never previously existed within the family.

By spreading awareness for the LGBT community and promoting inclusion and tolerance for all, we can continue to help make our communities stronger and safer.

Happy Pride 2014!

Here is what some of our former youth in care had to say about WorldPride 2014:

Written by Cheyanne Ratnam, a member of our Young Person’s Advisory Council, former young person in care, CaFdn Ambassador, S.S.W., B.S.W., M.S.W. Candidate:

Cheyanne pride

Written by Jemmy Felix, a member of our Young Person’s Advisory Council and former youth in care:

I know that WorldPride is coming up and I wanted to share Marsha Ambrosius’ “Far Away” video for it. I loved this video because it shows how individuals in same-sex relationships go through the same break-ups and so forth as individuals in opposite-sex relationships.It also shows that love have no boundaries and it ok to be who you are :). This song touched me so much because it depicts how sometimes individuals can bullied to the point where they commit suicide simply because of their sexuality.

 

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