National Day Against Homophobia Awareness Breakfast

National Day Against Homophobia Awareness Breakfast

International Day Against HomophobiaThe Centre would like to invite you to our 4th Annual Awareness Breakfast to observe National Day Against Homophobia, May 17th. This observance has grown tremendously since 2003 when first organized by the Fondation Émergence in Quebec. Last year saw hundreds of events organized in communities across Canada to raise awareness about homophobia. Please visit the official website for more information.

The Centre’s Awareness Breakfast brings together a mix of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit individuals with representatives from community groups and organizations, businesses and levels of government. In the first year, 140 people attended the breakfast. Last year the event sold out at 350 people.

The overarching theme for the Day this year is ‘healthcare’. The goal is to combat homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in all aspects of the healthcare system; to raise awareness about the specific health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit communities and individuals; and to support the development of educational tools and work toward their full integration into healthcare curricula.

The Centre is delighted to partner once again with Vancity to bring the Awareness Breakfast to our communities. We are also pleased this year to have Hospital Employee’s Union as a community supporter. In addition, community sponsors include BC Cancer Agency, BC Cancer Foundation, BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Nurses Union, Fondation Emergence, Gay & Lesbian Educators of BC, Gayway, Gay & Lesbian Business Association, Vancouver Coastal Health, and media sponsor The Georgia Straight.

The 2008 Awareness Breakfast is on Monday, May 12, 8:00 -10:00am at Coast Plaza Hotel, Ballroom, 1763 Comox Street (at Denman). We chose Monday this year so that folks can carry the spirit of the breakfast throughout their week, concluding with the Day itself on Saturday, May 17th. The event will feature a buffet-style breakfast, speakers, door prizes and opportunities to connect with each other.

Ticket Information

Tickets are $20 ($7.50 students/seniors/underemployed) and available at Little Sisters Bookstore, 1238 Davie Street, Vancouver. You may also request tickets by completing the attached ticket order form. Ticket forms must be received with payment by Friday, May 2nd. Tickets went fast last year so please purchase yours early to be part of this important event. Tickets will not be available at the door. Full-price ticket sales are crucial to help make this event self-supporting. Therefore, please note that there are limited tickets available at $7.50

Bring a Colleague Challenge!

This year we are encouraging folks to bring along a colleague to the breakfast who may not have attended previously. This helps ensure that our network of allies continues to grow each year! And of course, remember to share this invitation with your family, friends, and neighbours as well. NDAH Breakfast Ticket Order Form

We hope you are able to join us at the Awareness Breakfast as a public testament of your commitment to ending homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in healthcare and to building a society in which all Canadians are valued for their unique and rich identities and contributions. If you would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at The Centre at 604 684-6548 or email