- Rainbow Grants
- Steinert & Ferreiro Award
- Bill 7 Award Scholarship
- LGBT Giving Network
- Other Resources
2009 Rainbow Grantees
1. Hysteria: A Festival of Women – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Hysteria: A Festival of Women is a multi-disciplinary showcase of work by established and emerging female artists from all artistic disciplines. Beyond female performance, Hysteria provides a crucial forum for discussion and ideas exchange.
2. Pride Cab – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
A 12-week arts and history project that facilitates a cross-generational exchange between artists of today and activists of yesterday who helped shape queer history. Youth participants’ work will be showcased as part of Buddies’ 2009 Pride Festival.
3. Outwords – The People Project
The Outwords Queer Youth Leadership Program helps develop strong communication skills, cooperation and queer advocacy while empowering youth to develop creative and culturally relative tools for delivering effective anti-homophobia presentations.
4. Latin Pride Arts and Community Empowerment (LPACE) – Centre for the Spanish-Speaking Peoples, HIV/AIDS Program
LPACE provides an open space for arts programming in which Latin LGBTQI community members will develop skills and self expression through 5 specific art workshop programs: 1. Community radio 2. Video/Photography 3. Make-Up and Talent 4. Painting/Drawing and 5. Poetry/Writing.LPACE also creates a safe space for discussing topics relevant to Latino Newcomer LGBTQI populations.
5. Sistahz zAY! Writers Evening – b current Performing Arts Corp.
Literary performances and talkback discussions on homophobia and other LGBTTIQQ2 issues in the Caribbean community as part of the rock.paper.sistahz! Festival 8.
6. Taking Up Space Poster Project - SKETCH: Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless Youth
SKETCH artist facilitators will work with Queer & Trans youth to discuss images, ideas, and quotes etc. that capture their experiences of being out and proud. These discussions will translate into 3 artistic posters of which copies will be distributed to schools, community centres etc. to increase positive LGBT visibility.
7. Sneak Attack Songwriters Festival II - Jamieson Eakin
Created and produced by young queer artists, the festival provides emerging queer songwriters with opportunities to showcase and further develop artistic projects.
8. Q-SAY - Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)
ASAAP will conduct anti-homophobia workshops and outreach in the South Asian community through the use of their film documentary which explores issues surrounding the South Asian LGBTQ youth community.
9. Why Raid Identity - Jesse Stong
Over a period of six weeks, five queer youth will research and create a play portraying what it was like to be a member of the LGBTQ community during the Toronto Bathhouse Raids. This youth-led project also includes a free admission staged reading of work created.
10. Saint Bitch Community Outreach- Theatre Archipelago
Promoting and marketing Saint Bitch to the LGBT community with an emphasis on new immigrant women to Canada.
11. 519 Mosaic - The 519 Church St. Community Centre
519 Mosaic: a new community-based, hands-on, large-scale mosaic-making project led by artist Anna Camilleri and co-lead artist Tristan R. Whiston alongside three LGBTQ youth apprentices.
12. Durham Pride Prom 2009 - The Youth Centre
The creation of an end of year celebration and graduation party for LGBTTIQ2 youth in Durham Region.
13. ‘Say Word’ Scarborough Youth Journalism Project - YAAHA!
This program, in partnership with the East Metro Youth Services Studio 2 Journalism Project, will be a 10 week initiative serving 20+ queer/trans youth in the Scarborough area interested in magazine, web-based and multi-media journalistic projects.
14. Volunteer Expansion Program - Counterpoint Community Orchestra
Increasing outreach through the creation of more marketing and promotion materials in order to build on audiences for the upcoming 25th anniversary gala concert in May 2009.
15. Queer Youth Digital Video Project-Compilation DVD & Distribution - Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
The creation of a compilation DVD for distribution to the community, schools etc. free of charge of the 2009 Queer Youth Digital Video Project—an annual 4 month mentorship program where professional filmmakers teach first-time video artists under 25all aspects of video production.
16. Local Heroes: Film, Video, and Music Series - Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
Local artists, filmmakers and musicians will be celebrated in a new series that will feature three events: Hogtown Homos screening, Local Heroes multidisciplinary evening and Showdown YouTube battle.
17. Trans 101 Print & Web Resources - Asian Community AIDS Services
The project will develop culturally and linguistically appropriate educational materials about Transgender/Transsexual people in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Pilipino to be used to provide accurate information to members of the East and Southeast communities in Toronto and Ontario.
18. Bring LGBT issues to palliative & bereavement services in Durham Region - Durham Hospice
This project provides more learning resources and training for staff and volunteers and other agencies working in this field (i.e. cancer supports, senior’s centres, Long-Term-Care homes etc.) on the unique experiences of LGBT people and death/loss.
19. Chains of Lives - FrancoQueer
Helping to bring awareness of HIV/AIDS in Ontario to the 15000 Francophone GLBTT communities for whom English translations of many HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns do not address the racial, cultural and linguistic specificities of the Francophone population.
20. Pap Test Awareness Project for Women who have sex with Women (WSW) - Planned Parenthood Toronto (PPT)
Raising awareness about the increased and evidence-based risk for WSW of getting and dying from cervical cancer.The creation of campaigns to educate WSW and their health care providers about the importance of regular pap tests for ALL women, regardless of who their sexual partners are.
21. Are We There Yet? Next Steps in Service Competency in Working with LGBT Persons in York Region - York Region LGBT Community Outreach Project
Supporting the creation of a closing conference to compliment the 2006 York Region LGBT Community Outreach launching project conference. The closing conference will include a series of workshops and panel discussions geared and building competency within the community.
22. Dosti and Snehithan - Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)
Facilitating a weekend retreat to provide and sustain culturally relevant safe spaces while building community for GBTQQ South Asian and Tamil speaking men to be able to openly discuss their sexual identities. The project also includes building on-line support in order for disengaged and marginalized men to be able to build and foster their own social and support networks.
23. Voices of BQY - Supporting Our Youth
The living memory video project will make a contribution as a visual representation and documentation of our Black queer community. History in the making for BQY, SOY’s first group of Black queer youth.
24. Trans Men’s Pap Campaign - Sherbourne Health Centre
Supporting the creation of a project to develop and launch a health promotion campaign to increase the awareness around the need for Trans Men to have regular access to culturally competent pap screenings.
25. Trans Access Project - Elizabeth Fry Society of Toronto
Developing a Trans access policy for all program areas as well as providing organization-wide training for staff, students and volunteers.
26. Breaking Down the Closets - Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line
Volunteer training through the Breaking Down the Closets workshop series will provide 6 stand alone workshops bi-monthly geared towards sharpening the youth line volunteers knowledge, understanding and empathy skills for when dealing with Youth Line’s service users.
27. Ten Oaks Project Sustainability - Ten Oaks Project
Camp Ten Oaks is entering its 5th season of creating intentional magic for campers ages 8-17 from LGBTQ communities. Funds will help strengthen the sustainability of this project in the GTA.
28. Safely Out Youth Project - Children’s Aid Society of Toronto/ Out & Proud Program
Printing a pocket-sized resource booklet developed for LGBT youth and their allies
29. Tri-Focus: Uniting Beyond Barriers - ORAD-Ontario Rainbow Alliance for the Deaf
This project will establish a starting point for small non profits to access interpreters. It supports the creation of a support group for families and friends of Queer ASL-speakers and funding towards a one day Deaf Trans conference.
30. HOPE Outreach - Halton Organization for Pride and Education (HOPE)
Creation of outreach materials to help target new and increasing demographic spaces i.e. business cards, display boards, note cards, t-shirts mugs, pens and key chains to give away as prizes at HOPE events and for general outreach. HOPE will also create a brochure with basic LGBTTTIQQ education information and contacts.
31. My Friend Brindley - Alec Butler
Experimental doc about the life of a butch dyke and budding 1950s human rights activist in rural USA.
32. Hard & Able: Celebrating Queer Disability - Jay Stewart
Evening cabaret celebrating artists identifying as queer and disabled.
33. Gender FOC - Asian Arts Freedom School
Gender Fluidity of Colour (FOC) is a writing and history program for trans and gender-variant youth of colour.
34. Mpenzi Black Women’s International Film & Video Festival - Mpenzi
The annual Mpenzi Black Women’s International Film & Video Festival screens films and video submissions from straight and Queer Black women, transgender, transsexual and intersex women and men.
35. Substance Use & Being HIV + - Rick Julien
Peer-facilitated monthly meeting to discuss and share with people who are HIV+ and have substance abuse issues.
36. Bridging the Gap Conference – Social Justice Committee, Dalla Lana School (PHSA)
Student-led conference on the current issues and barriers in the field of queer public health.
37. Chest Surgery Project – Broden Giambrone
An open-access online forum to transgender, transsexual and other gender variant individuals who are considering chest reconstruction surgery.
38. Bateman QSA Outreach & Education – Robert Bateman High School Queer-Straight Alliance
Helping to create a safe space and to initiate outreach to the Queer-trans community at Robert Bateman High School. The QSA will also identify and purchase appropriate books, videos and materials for the school library as a way of increasing knowledge and dialogue for both students and teachers.