Rainbow Action Hub

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About the Rainbow Action Hub

It’s no secret that 2SLGBTQI communities, our rights, and our freedoms are under attack. There has been an exponential rise in anti-2SLGBTQI and hate-fueled movements across Canada. We see it in the anti-trans policies and policy proposals emerging provincially and federally, and in the rising rates of hate crimes, hate speech, and and hate in the form of coordinated anti-trans protests in cities across Canada.

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 organizations, activists, and advocates can utilize the Rainbow Action Hub’s education and resources in various ways to combat anti-2SLGBTQI hate:

  1. Access resources
  2. Attend workshops
  3. Learn how to craft messaging and work with news media
  4. Connect with your local 2SLGBTQI organization(s)
  5. Create change through elections
  6. Support Egale Canada’s legal action and advocacy

The Rainbow Action Hub will be updated regularly with information and tools that respond to current affairs. If you have suggestions for tools you’d like to see on the Rainbow Action Hub send us an email at communications@egale.ca

Resources

The rise in anti-2SLGBTQI hate is directly linked to the spread of misinformation and disinformation. Coordinated anti-trans movements rely on the general public’s lack of familiarity with trans and gender diverse people to disseminate harmful disinformation. Egale Canada is creating resources to empower 2SLGBTQI organizations, advocates and activists with the knowledge they need to adequately have educated conversations about these complex topics.

Is there a topic or issue you’d like to see added below? Contact us at communications@egale.ca.

Featured Resource

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

  • Pride Safety Toolkit for Event Attendees
  • Pride Safety Toolkit for Event Organizers
  • 2SLGBTQI Protest Safety Guide

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


Current Provincial Affairs

It’s no secret that 2SLGBTQI communities, our rights, and our freedoms are under attack. Across Canada, we’re seeing anti-trans policies and policy proposals emerging provincially and federally.


‘Egale Explains’ Resources

What is Transition?

People transition for a variety of reasons, primarily related to gender identity. Use this resource to understand what transition can include.

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What Are Puberty Blockers?

Puberty blockers offer tremendous mental health benefits to a young person. This resource answers the question, “what exactly are puberty blockers”?

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Trans Women in Sport

There’s lots of misinformation in the world about trans women participating in sport. Use this resource to understand what trans-inclusive sport actually looks like.

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What is Detransition?

Some people undergo some form of gender transition and decide to halt or reverse the transition process. Use this resource to accurately understand what detransition is and how to de-weaponize the detransition narrative.

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What is Drag and What Are Drag Storytimes?

During this time of rising 2SLGBTQI-hate, much of the hate is aimed at drag artists and family-friendly drag storytimes. Use this resource to accurately explain what each of these art forms are.

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What’s at Stake For Young People?

With the rise of so-called “school pronoun policies” use the resource to understand what’s at stake when young people who are forced to choose between being outed to their families and being misgendered at school.

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What is a Hate Crime

As a society, we often use the term ‘hate crime’ whenever hate occurs. However, it is important to know that ‘hate crime’ has a specific definition in the Criminal Code of Canada. Use this resource to understand when the term Hate Crime is applied.

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Why is the UK’s Cass Review harmful?

The Cass Review is a review of the UK’s healthcare services for trans and nonbinary children and youth. The Cass Review has been widely criticized by human rights organizations. Use this resource to understand why.

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Research Says…

An important tactic in combating hate is presenting facts. Egale Canada has a plethora of research to support you in combating anti-2SLGBTQI Hate.

2022 Police-Reported Hate Crimes

From Statistics Canada: the number of police-reported hate crimes targeting sexual orientation continues to increase every year. 

Read this Brief

Still in Every Class, in Every School Report

Still in Every Class in Every School (Peter, Campbell & Taylor, 2021) surveyed students across Canada about their experiences with homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, harassment, mental health and sense of safety, and support at school. 

Read this Research Report

Working for Change Report

Egale Canada’s Working for Change report examines the workplace experiences, barriers to employment, and discrimination faced by Two Spirit, trans, and nonbinary people. 

Read this Research Report

Pride Unravelled Report

Egale Canada’s Pride Unravelled report tracked the number of anti-2SLGBTQI protests and instances of online hate in Canada from January-March 2023. 

Read this Research Report


2SLGBTQI Inclusion Resources

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.  

Workshops

To make change at the local level in every corner of the country, Egale Canada is working to empower on-the-ground, local organizations and activists so they have the knowledge and resources they need to make a difference and combat the rise in anti-2SLGBTQI hate.

Rainbow Action Workshops

Session Delivery Offerings

#Workshop(s) IncludedLength of WorkshopNotes
AWorkshop 10130-minutesDidactic Session
BWorkshop 101 + 201a OR 201b120-minutes (2 hours)Interactive Session
CWorkshop 101 + 201a + 202b180-minutes (3 hours)Interactive Session

Stay Informed of Upcoming Sessions

From time-to-time, Egale Canada will be providing free public sessions of our anti-2SLGBTQI hate workshops. To stay aware of these sessions sign-up to our email list.


Listening to the needs of local on-the-ground organizations is key to success. If you have suggestions for training and webinars that would be beneficial reach out to communications@egale.ca


Workplace Inclusion Training

Egale Canada 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.

Hire Egale for your next workplace training!

Media & Messaging

The rise in anti-2SLGBTQI hate is often coordinated and has strategic messaging attached to it. To counter this hate, it’s important to have messaging that is purposeful, strategic and direct.

Whether you’re talking to your local news reporter or a family member at the kitchen table, messaging has the power to shape attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours, making them indispensable tools in the fight against anti-2SLGBTQI hate and the promotion of equality, dignity, and respect for all individuals.

Featured Resource

Inclusive Narratives: A Messaging Guide for 2SLGBTQI Advocacy

We have created this guide to provide the tools needed by advocates and organizations to develop effective messaging to combat the ongoing rise in anti-2SLGBTQI hate.

The content in this guide was informed by We Will Win: Guide to Campaign Messaging in Support of Trans Youth. While We Will Win remains applicable for messaging in support of trans youth, this guide has been developed for broader use by all 2SLGBTQI advocates and organizations.

Difficult Conversation Guide

Our Difficult Conversation Guide provides guidance on navigating the complex and often heated ‘dinner-table ‘-type conversations about 2SLGBTQI issues.

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2SLGBTQI Advocacy Communications Toolkit

Trying to combat anti-2SLGBTQI hate? Use our 2SLGBTQI Advocacy Communications Toolkit to plan a successful advocacy communications campaign

Resource Coming Soon

Connect with your
Local 2SLGBTQI Organizations

Canada is full of 2SLGBTQI organizations of every size. Working with local organizations is crucial when combating anti-2SLGBTQI hate because they bring contextual understanding, community trust, tailored interventions, rapid response capabilities, capacity building, an intersectional approach, policy advocacy, and long-term sustainability to the fight against discrimination and prejudice.

Use this page to discover local organizations near you for collaboration to combat anti-2SLGBTQI hate.

Find Your Local 2SLGBTQI Organization

Don’t see your local 2SLGBTQI organization? Let us know communications@egale.ca


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Thank You to the Rainbow Action Hub Partners

Egale Canada would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Rainbow Action Hub partners for their invaluable support and generosity. Without their dedication and investment, our progress in combatting the rise in anti-2SLGBTQI hate would not be possible.

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Support the Rainbow Action Hub

Your donation will go towards our litigation and advocacy efforts, which include initiating and supporting litigation to combat discriminatory government policies and legislation, and making that work accessible to the public. Our aim is to help create a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.


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