March 5, 2013
The history of sexual minority inclusivity in organizations and healthcare has often been overlooked because of its turbulent political controversy. In this segment we discuss some of the present and historic challenges organizations in Montreal have needed creatively overcome in order to foster a safe space, and support the mental, and physical health of queer youth. We were privileged to speak with Bill Ryan, a professor at McGill, an active social worker and eminent researcher. He is also the founder of Project 10, an organization devoted to raising awareness, addressing the needs of, and supporting the queer youth mental health. Bill uncovers the transition from the late 1980s, during the early days of the HIV epidemic, and takes us through an era of change to reveal the present day needs and concerns of queer youth. Optimistically he conveys the more inclusive shifts in discourse surrounding sexual minorities and adaptation of services for queer youth.
We also spoke with Marie-Elaine LaRochelle, who is the founder of a new Safer Space project for LGBT youth project in Montreal called the Montreal Youth Coalition Against Homophobia. The coalition will focus on providing services for subgroups within the LGBT*Q community and should open in the late spring or early summer this year. If you would be interested in volunteering she invites you to send her an email or check out the MYCAH website.
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