Days of Pink seeks to address homophobia in Yellowknife

Jacq Brasseur, co-chair of It Gets Better Yellowknife.
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A Yellowknife organization is calling on local workplaces and schools to start a conversation about ending homophobia and transphobia as part of a national initiative.

It Gets Better Yellowknife is hosting a series of workshops and related events between April 11 and April 17 as part of Days of Pink.

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity is promoting the event by encouraging local mayors to speak out against prejudice in their community.

Starting Monday, It Gets Better YK will hold a series of workshops, panel discussions and forums across Yellowknife to open up a dialogue.

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“We want to give people the confidence and skills to ask questions and to know what they need to know about [the LGBT community],” said Nicole Garbutt, co-chair of It Gets Better YK.

“The Days of Pink are about opening up that dialogue.”

On Wednesday, people around the world will acknowledge Day of Pink. It Gets Better YK has decided to mark the occasion over a seven-day period.

“One day, one conversation? That’s not enough,” said Jacq Brasseur, co-chair of the Yellowknife-based organization. “We’re talking about Yellowknife where people get involved.

“The response has been really great so far and especially because we’re trying to reach into all areas of the community with schools, offices and workplaces.”

For a full list of events happening this week, click here. It Gets Better YK is also inviting residents to engage with them daily on Facebook.

Nicole Garbutt, co-chair of It Gets Better Yellowknife.
Nicole Garbutt, co-chair of It Gets Better Yellowknife.
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