As the holiday season approaches, it’s a time for reflection and celebration. At Egale, we’re looking back on an incredible year with so much to celebrate, and looking ahead to new and exciting developments. We advanced many initiatives aimed at increasing acceptance and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and Two Spirit (LGBTQI2S) people of all ages – thanks to dedicated supporters like you.

I’m confident you share our vision of a world free from hatred and bias. This holiday season, your generous gift to Egale Canada will help us continue our work to ensure all LGBTQI2S people feel accepted, heard, and included in Canadian society.

Shortly after I sent out last year’s letter, I was deeply moved as I stood on Parliament Hill alongside many others to witness Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology for the mass purge of LGBTQ2 public service workers that began in the 1950s. Egale played a key role in achieving the Federal Apology through our submission of the Just Society Report: Grossly
Indecent to the government two years ago.

Our work continues to shine a much-needed spotlight on the lives and experiences of older LGBTQI2S people. We partnered with  Historica Canada to produce the first LGBTQ2 Heritage Minute based on pioneer gay activist Jim Egan, who challenged a culture of
homophobia starting in the late 1940s. Jim and his partner, Jack Nesbitt, took their fight for spousal rights all the way to the Supreme Court in 1995, where Egale intervened to support them.

We further demanded that sexual orientation be included in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms—and it was.

Egale’s National Seniors Advisory Council, a group of LGBTQI2S seniors and allies from across the country, recently made a significant step forward in our ground-breaking work for older LGBTQI2S adults. Together, we have developed a formal Call to Action inviting governments, industry, and organizations to pledge to implement policies, programs, and services that protect the rights of older LGBTQI2S people. You may have heard about this initiative from our recent press conference on October 1st, National Seniors Day.

These remarkable achievements couldn’t happen without your generous help.

Please show your ongoing support by sending a gift today!

We have come a long way, but there is still much more that we need to do – together. Along with our work with seniors, we continue to advocate for and support our youth. I would like to highlight just two of the youth-oriented projects we will be presenting in the upcoming year.

Next May, OUTShine 2019 will bring together over 400 LGBTQI2S students and educators from across the country in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The fourth edition of OUTShine will be a life-changing weekend for our participants as they surround themselves with hundreds of LGBTQI2S peers to experience inspirational keynote speeches, skills building workshops, and attend a Queer Prom!

Finally, we are driving towards the completion of Egale Centre, a project which we launched more than 4 years ago. Egale Centre will be Canada’s first transitional and emergency housing facility exclusively dedicated to homeless LGBTQI2S youth. We are in the final stages of construction and look forward to opening the doors in the summer of 2019 – and we need your support to fill the remaining shortfall for this long-awaited facility.

Your gift will directly impact the lives of people of all ages in our community this holiday season and throughout the year.

Thank you for responding as generously as you can to support Egale today!

With best holiday wishes,

Helen Kennedy
Executive Director