As we celebrate Pride 2020, we would like to acknowledge that Halifax Public Libraries, the Wabanaki 2-Spirit Alliance, Eskasoni Pride, and HRM’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion have formed a partnership to offer this virtual collection of 2SLGBTQ+ content which includes a specific focus on the 2-Spirit Indigenous experience. Please enjoy discovering, celebrating, and sharing.
Featured Events and Resources
Featured Events and Resources
Many of the videos showcased in these collections are documentaries or first person accounts about the experience of being LGBTQ2S, and may contain language and content that could be triggering. While some of this content may be hard to watch, we feel it is important to share real stories from community.
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Long before the settlers arrived at Turtle Island (aka North America), there existed a Two Spirit Society in many tribal communities. The spectrum of Indigenous sexualities does not fit the confined Western registries of gender binaries, heterosexuality, or LGBT codification. Come and enjoy the “first voice” of Indigenous peoples as they share their stories.
🌈 Two Spirit is an Indigenous concept on gender and sexuality, which interconnects spirituality and cultural identity all into one. Discover more with John R. Sylliboy for the Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance.
Black and Queer
“Marsha P. Johnson, a Black trans woman, is credited as being one of the main activists who lead the 1969 Stonewall Riots, considered to be an integral moment in igniting the modern-day queer rights movement. Black people and trans activists have always been at the front of these protests…they’ve been very visible in that struggle” said Beverly Bain, a professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Discover some of the many facets of the Black queer community through these videos.
Pride Black and Queer
Pride Short Long Videos
“We don't talk about sexuality and disability at all in queer spaces or hetero spaces. We don't really talk about disability at all,” says Toronto-based disability awareness consultant Andrew Gurza. These videos explore the intersections of disability and queerness, such as “What are some misconceptions you think people have about the sexualities of disabled people?”
Pride and Queerness
Transgender people come from all walks of life. We are parents, siblings, children and friends. We are your coworkers, and your neighbors. We are 7-year-old children and 70-year-old grandparents. We are a diverse community, representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as faith backgrounds. Come explore some of the facets of Being Trans, and gender identity.
Pride Local NS
According to a survey published this year by GLAAD, 20 per cent of millennials define themselves as LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex). People are discovering their sexuality, gender and gender identity much sooner in life. Explore the stories of these young queer voices.