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May 17th is International Day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

16.05.2018 12:15
By: Frank McGwire

Fight the phobias event scheduled for Brandon

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is tomorrow.

An event called "Fight the Phobias" to raise awareness of LGBT rights and violations will be held in Brandon.

The event features activists from Brandon, Dauphin and Winnipeg to define these phobias in an informative session.

Main organizer Jason Fiedler says more work needs to be done to eliminate the phobia.

"Folks were fired from their jobs for being gay and being trans, it used to be illegal in this country," Fiedler said.

The event aims to turn reaction of the phobias from fearful to understandable.

"Example locally of kids getting bullied in school and things like that, there have been improvements but we've still got a ways to go," said Fiedler. 

Fiedler is the LGBT2SQ+ Program Facilitator with the Sexuality Education Resource Centre or SERC.

"As far as my role in SERC goes we don't teach values, we teach facts and give folks more understanding," Fiedler said. 

"At the end of the day people that at least understand each other a little bit they're at least going to see one another as human beings and perhaps have a common level of respect," said Fiedler. 

The informative event will held at the McDiarmid Complex from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

SERC and the City of Brandon will also be hosting a Queer Prom for teenagers in the Westman area.

For more information contact Jason at SERC by calling 204-571-3282 or email jason@sewrc.mb.ca