Anti-homophobia rally to feature Scott Jones

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Halifax - Scott Jones will be speaking at a rally being held by the Nova Scotia
Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP) and partner organizations in recognition of
International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHT).

Scott Jones holds a sign that reads “Don’t Be Afraid”. It’s a message he’s been spreading since his attack. 

The rally will take place on tonight at 6:00pm in Victoria Park

on Spring Garden Road, Halifax.

Speakers at this year’s rally will highlight issues of local and national

importance.

Scott Jones will address the rally on behalf of the Don’t Be Afraid

Campaign, an anti-homophobia organization that started up last October

while Jones was in hospital after the stabbing that left him paralyzed.

Pedram Niakan and Keith MacMillan will speak about LGBTQ refugees. Niakan

is a newcomer to Canada sponsored by the Rainbow Refugee Association of

Nova Scotia, a community group focused on LGBTQ asylum seekers and

international rights. MacMillan works at the Halifax Refugee Clinic.

Activists Kate Shewan and Jessica Durling will speak about transgender

rights. NSRAP vice-chair Shewan will address the NS government’s recent

introduction of MSI coverage for gender confirming surgeries. Durling is

petitioning the provincial government to amend the regulations around

changing sex designation on identification.

The Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project is a not-for-profit organization

serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)

community in Nova Scotia. NSRAP advocates for full equality and acceptance

for the LGBTQ community and is active throughout the province.

In 2005, Montreal-based Fondation Émergence established the annual

campaign dedicated to the fight against homophobia that has become the

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Events will take

place in over 120 countries on and around May 17 — the date the World

Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in

1990.

Organizations: Rainbow Refugee Association, Halifax Refugee Clinic.Activists Kate Shewan, WorldHealth Organization

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Spring Garden Road, Canada

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