This year, combatting 2SLGBTQI hate is more important than ever as we face an exponential rise in anti-2SLGBTQI hate.

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IDAHOBIT and Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

Taking place annually on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) was started by Fondation Émergence more than 20 years ago in 2003 and is now recognized around the world to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by 2SLGBTQI people across the globe.

Around the world, societies are bearing witness to an unprecedented and exponential rise in anti-2SLGBTQI, hate-fueled, and gender-critical movements. Unfortunately, Canada has been no exception in this regard. This past year we’ve witnessed an increase in anti-trans policies and policy proposals emerging provincially and federally, and also rising rates of hate crimes, hate speech, and and hate in the form of coordinated anti-trans protests in cities across Canada.

Below are educational resources and actions you can take to combat hate against the 2SLGBTQI community.

Free Webinar

Navigating Anti-2SLGBTQI Hate at Events

A webinar for 2SLGBTQI Event organizers

Are you an organizer of 2SLGBTQI events such as Pride festivals, parades, drag storytimes and/or protests? Join us for a free 60-minute webinar on how to create safer events amid the rise in anti-2SLGBTQI hate. Participants will explore the root causes and key actors perpetuating hate against the 2SLGBTQI community, gaining a deeper understanding of the issues. The webinar will also examine the role of advocacy, activism, and visibility, including 2SLGBTQI events in combatting this hate. The webinar will explore answers to common legal questions as well as actionable tools, resources, and safety and security considerations – both proactive and reactive – to help ensure the safety of 2SLGBTQI people and allies attending Prides and other community events amid rising levels of anti-trans and anti-2SLGBTQI hate. This webinar is generously supported by the Department of Justice.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

12:00 pm – 1:00pm ET

Companion Resources

2SLGBTQI Event Safety Toolkits

Guides for 2SLGBTQI people and allies on how to stay safe amid rising levels of anti-2SLGBTQI hate at public events.

The Pride Safety Toolkits were developed by Egale Canada and Fierté Canada Pride with support from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.

Victim Services Canada

The National Victim Services Program created by Correctional Service Canada offers resources and services to victims of convicted criminals/offenders and victim-serving organizations. Access infographics relating to topics such as how to prepare a victim statement, guides to understand how the Correctional Plan Progress Report works, and a secure online Victims Portal that allows registered victims, and/or their named Representatives, to access services and information that they are entitled to under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act.

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Combat Hate with Resources and Education

Studies show that one of the best ways to combat hate is through education. Egale is proud to have a variety of educational resources to help you on your knowledge journey.  

Featured Resource

Rainbow Action Hub

Egale Canada’s Rainbow Action Hub is your one-stop-shop for the why and how to combat the rise of anti-2SLGBTQI hate in Canada. The hub includes resources, tools, education, and information aimed at 2SLGBTQI organizations, advocates and activists.

2SLGBTQI Workplace Inclusion  

Egale offers private, public and not-for-profit sector organizations reliable, high-quality training and development for professional, management and organizational development on both a local and national scale. We aim to help clients develop the strategy, motivation, and accountability required to foster 2SLGBTQI inclusion and safer space.

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2SLGBTQI Inclusive Schools

Join us in building inclusive schools with our crafted collection of live facilitator-led online and in-person workshops! Choose from our inclusion school workshop topics:  

  • Intro to 2SLGBTQI Inclusion 
  • Change Agents: The Power of Youth Action 
  • Educational Senior Leader Knowledge Sharing Workshop  
  • Trans and Nonbinary Youth  
  • Cyberbullying and 2SLGBTQI Youth  
  • Faith and 2SLGBTQI Youth  

Learn more. 

Egale is also a partner for the National Rainbow Week of Action, encouraging everyone to add their voice and presence to urge governments and elected officials at every level to take action for Rainbow Equality and address rising hate. Check out how to easily send your MP a letter and where to attend a rally!

Egale Canada’s 2024 IDAHOBIT and Victims and Survivors of Crime Week intiatives are generously supported by the Department of Justice.

Department of Justice Canada