I am currently working for Pink Triangle Services in Ottawa. We are doing some fundraising for AIDS Walk.

Come join us and register to Walk by clicking on the link below: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/StartUp.aspx?TSID=163741

From our team page, please click 'Join our Team' to register for AIDS Walk for Life Ottawa and help us fundraise.

If you can't join us, please click 'Sponsor our Team' to make a quick and secure donation online.

Your efforts will help increase awareness about HIV/AIDS and raise money to provide essential services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in our community.

If you have any questions, please contact me.Also, please share this event with everyone. Every little bit helps.

A Jihad For Love

A new documentary about Islam and homosexuality is showing at the Toronto International Film Festival

"A Jihad For Love," six years in the making, follows gay and lesbian Muslims battling racial profiling and harassment after the September 11 attacks and subsequent attacks in London and Madrid.

Indian filmmaker Parvez Sharma filmed gay Muslims in 12 countries and nine languages, including India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France, and always shot footage in secret to escape the attention of local authorities.

"We are presenting Islam's most unlikely storytellers," Sharma said of his debut feature, which does not yet have North American distribution.

There is a blog on this film by the director, Parvez Sharma. You can find it here.

Homosexuality and Islam

Below are some links from Jihad For Love Website

LGBT Muslims Online

Huriyah: A Queer Muslim Magazine
LGBT Muslims on Temenos.net
LGBT Muslim Web Ring
Queer Jihad
Queer Muslim Revolution

LGBT Muslim Organizations (Worldwide)

Al-Fatiha Foundation (USA)
Al-Fatiha-News (News & Stories on Islam, Gender and Sexuality)
Salaam Canada (Queer Muslim Community)
Imaan (Social & Support Group for LGBT Muslims in UK)
Safra Project (UK-based Resource Project Relating to LGBT
The Inner Circle (LGBT Muslim group based in South Africa)

Asylum & Refugee Information

AsylumLaw.org - Helping Win Asylum Cases Worldwide
Australia Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force
Canada Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task Force
Columbia University Law School - Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic
Guide to Preparing Sexual Orientation-Based Asylum Claims
Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
Immigration Equality
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
Jobe Law Firm - Information on Asylum Based on Sexual Orientation
LGBT / HIV Asylum Manual (from Immigration Equality)
National Asylum Partnership on Sexual Orientation (NAPSO)
OUTfront - LGBT Program of Amnesty International USA
Sodomy Laws Around the World
UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group

Southeastern Asia

PT (Pink Triangle) Foundation - (HIV/AIDS Organization in Malaysia)
GAYa Nusantra (Gender & Sexuality Resource Centre based in Indonesia)

HIV/AIDS & Muslims

HIV/AIDS & Islam - Resources & Information
Vision (Pakistan)
Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bangladesh)

Middle East & Western Asia

Ahbab (Online Community for Queer Arabs Worldwide)
Al-Bab (An Open Door to the Arab World)
Bint el Nas - Cultural E-Zine for LGBT Arab Women
Lazeeza (Arab Lesbians Online)
Gay and Lesbian Arab Society
Aswat (Palestinian Arab Gay Women, Trans, Bi, Queer, Intersexual)
Helem (LGBT group in Lebanon)
Al-Qaws - Palestinian LGBT Project at Jerusalem Open House
Algerigay - LGBT Algerians
Kelma - LGBT North Africans in France
Gay and Lesbian Morocco
Kaos GL (LGBT Community Center & Organization based in Turkey)
Lambda Istanbul (First and Oldest Turkish LGBT group)
Southwest Asian and North African Bay Area Queers (San Francisco)
Syrian Same-Sex Society Network

South-Central Asia

Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO)
Boston MASALA - Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association
Khush Texas (LGBT South Asians)
Satrang (Southern California South Asian Queer Organization
Sholay Productions (LGBT South Asians and friends) - NYC
South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (SALGA) - New York City
Trikone Atlanta (LGBT South Asians)
Trikone Michigan (LGBT South Asians)
Trikone San Francisco (LGBT South Asians)

Ottawa Centre Election debate

There’s a debate for Ottawa Centre riding On QUEER ISSUES

Friday, Sep 14, 6-9pm
Andrew Haydon Hall (council chambers)
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier

The majority of the time is given over to AUDIENCE QUESTIONS.

Confirmed candidates:
Liberal candidate Yasir Naqvi
NDP candidate Will Murray
PC candidate Trina Morissette


See Ontario leaders comments on the GLBTTQ community from XTRA.CA

GLBTQ Health Fair - Ottawa

HIV/AIDS prevention outreach workers talk about pride and why the fair is important... I am in the second part of the clip...

National Days of Action: Still Time to Deliver on HIV and AIDS

National Days of Action: Still Time to Deliver on HIV and AIDS


During its 2007 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian AIDS Society, a resolution was proposed by the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHIV/AIDS) and unanimously endorsed by 125 National Member agencies. That resolution pertained to those agencies offering their support with regards to the process, initiated by the PLWHIV/AIDS, of campaigning for change in Canada’s response to the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and raising awareness of the problems caused by the Federal Government’s stall (under review) in rolling out national funding allocated to the Federal Initiative addressing HIV/AIDS. All federal funding is set to expire March 30, 2008 and to date there has been no official indication as to what will happen as of April 1, 2008.

The first step in this campaign will be a blitz, by PLWHIV/AIDS and member agencies, to contact all Members of Parliament (MPs) and to arrange meetings with them to discuss issues related to PLWHIV/AIDS. The goal of this blitz is to show nation wide solidarity in approaching all MPs and creating a sense of urgency around pressing issues. It is hoped that MPs will then have a greater understanding of the struggles faced by those living with HIV/AIDS and be better equipped to discuss those issues in caucus and in the House.

For this initiative to have its greatest impact we call you to action. Any PLWHIV/AIDS affected or closely affected and other caring citizens are invited to join members of the Ottawa PLWHIV/AIDS community in calling, writing and participating in meetings with area MP’s.

An initial strategy meeting will be held in the Board Room at the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, 251 Bank St., Suite 700, 6-8 P.M. Thursday September 13/07. Additional background information will be available to attendees.

Please feel free to forward this urgent call to action to any members of your communities who you feel would want to be involved. This is directed to the residents of the Ottawa region, but if you live outside the area I encourage you to contact your local AIDS Agency to lend your support in your area. I apologize in advance to anyone who might have received multiple copies of this bulletin.

Thank you for your time and concern.

Kevin Hatt
On behalf of the Days of Action in Ottawa

Posted at PWA Empowering Knowledge Transfer Depot