Events

Come Join us we are Marching in the Toronto Pride Parade

https://www.facebook.com/senecanewnhampride/Pride Toronto - Seneca NH Pride - Final-2

 

Ashton Writes: I just wanted to add Stephanie & Melissa’s post. Yes we want the Seneca Pride people who are comfortable with it to join us at the Pride Parade. We also want to encourage people to keep in touch over the summer time so here is some stuff we have going on. 

 

The picture below links to the Rainbow League Facebook group: 

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Get in contact with Melissa or Stephanie to join that group. Links to their Facebook profiles in their pictures. 

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Melissa 

 

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Stephanie 

Also thank you to Stephanie who has for now taken care of the domain name change on the website. It was driving me crazy having the wrong name on the website but now our communications are much more unified. If you want to communicate anything on the website feel free to contact either Stephanie or Melissa now. They have both been trained on putting together blog posts & managing the website. 

If you are at Seneca King Campus, get in touch with Cleo Phil who will help you over there. I want to unify the Pride groups more in the fall. I will look to work with Cleo more on that in the future. 

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LGBTQ Press

The moral responsibility of being out of the closet

 

Hi, I am Ashton Deroy. I am 24, a Business & Marketing student, a capitalist, a business writer for Toronto-Businessphere. I have worked mainly in Advertising & Tech. “Oh Yeah and I am really gay!” Sometimes people do ask me, “How are you so comfortable being out?” . To that I reply “I have been out for 8 years, it is as easy as breathing for me. 

I came out in 2010 at 17 in the small town of Brighton Ontario. A small, heavily religious and conservative community. Around the 3rd month of being out was my first bashing! From that point forward I knew I had to choose from being scared, or choose to do something. So in 2011 I joined the high school wrestling team and started working out. Did that make things worse in some ways? Yes, I’ve had everything implied about being a gay guy on the wrestling team. I’ve been called Pervert, fag, homo, sissy, queer, 

That all changed during a team mate to team mate competition where I got my first win. It was at that point I feel members of the team had started to respect my drive and stopped focusing on my sexuality! I must of been on the wrestling team for 1 year, I was never one of the best. However, the bullying stopped being physical. The odd verbal abuse happened, but no one wanted to fight me after learning a few simple movements that would knock the average person over. 

What would of happened if I didn’t come out? No one in my small town would of started standing up for the gay athletes, no one would learn to not assume weakness from sexuality and I would still be weak. This was the first time I knew being out was the right thing to do for my life. It would not be the last. 

Fast forward 5 years. I had been to community college, was working at a call center & wondering what to do with my life. 2015 in Brighton Ontario. 

Where are my peers at? They have kids, wives or divorces and messy lives! A few of the guy’s I went to High School with, now troll GrindR for discrete hookups (They are married!) They have family lives that are waiting to explode on the eventual surfacing of them being gay. 

This could of been my life, but I know Diana Skye, my grandma & Father have all said to me a few times they are glad this is not the road I chose to go down. You see, it is survival to be in the closet in a country that oppresses your freedoms. It is cowardly to do one in Canada given our current state of gay rights. For more on that click this wiki link! 

 

Social Media

TumblR Page is up

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Ashton Deroy says: Click above to link to the Seneca Out & About TumblR page. To meet the group demand I set this up to make sure there was a form of communication for the outliers of the Seneca Out & About group. Selena also did a great job surveying the group on social media use to optimise our communications strategy model. If you have any suggestions or there is anything missing from the website send an email at the form below: 

Meetings

Meeting in progress

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There is a an LGBTQ Out & About meeting in room B1083! Our next meeting is also on December 8th 5:00pm in the same room. Selena Pondthip Luangduangsuthidet is doing amazing work setting up our additional social media, and working with a graphics designed to setup amazing esthetics. We will also be working to set up a TumblR page, a survey and ways to make your voice heard in the group. If you have any suggestions for events, send Ashton Deroy an email at the contact form below: