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Our Online Safety Modules for 2SLGBTQIA+ Organizations Are Now Live!

“Canada’s intelligence agency is warning that extremists could ‘inspire and encourage’ serious violence against the 2SLGBTQI+ community” – CBC

The escalation of anti-2SLGBTQIA+ online hate nationwide has resulted in the closure of several queer and trans organizations, resulting in a reduction in available resources and services for the most marginalized of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. 

In response to this rise in online hate targeting 2SLGBTQIA+ community organizations and individuals we are launching a free online training series entitled, “Understanding and Addressing Online Hate Targeting 2SLGBTQIA+ Organizations.” This on-demand training was produced by ODLAN in collaboration with NTEN.

In these modules, you will learn how online hate is used against 2SLGBTQIA+ people and organizations in Canada, how this hate impacts nonprofit workers, and what your organization can do to reduce the harm caused by online hate. These modules are designed for Canadian nonprofit workers in social media, communications, and management roles, and are also useful for anyone experiencing anti-2SLGBTQIA+ online hate. 

After completing the modules, users can request a certificate of completion to demonstrate their knowledge and take our feedback survey. Users can also provide feedback to assist us in further developing relevant training for nonprofit workers.

The modules can be found here: https://www.nten.org/learn/digital-safety-strategies 

Join us for a dynamic virtual launch event on Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 12pm-1pm EDT to learn more about the rise of anti-2SLGBTQIA+ online hate in Canada, how ODLAN can support 2SLGBTQIA+ serving nonprofits with their digital literacy and access needs, and engage in an interactive Q&A. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn and connect with us at ODLAN!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-launch-for-on-demand-training-online-hate-targeting-2slgbtqia-organizations-tickets-871000254207 

Thanks to the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund, Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Canada for their support in making this project a reality.

About ODLAN:

The Ontario Digital Literacy and Access Network is a resource hub that connects individuals and organizations with solutions to bridge the digital divide in 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

About NTEN: 

NTEN is creating a world where missions and movements are successful through the skillful and equitable use of technology.

Interview/Quote Availability:

Evan Vipond, Director of Learning – [email protected]

To learn more about the research that was conducted to develop these modules, read our article at The Conversation.com. 

International Transgender Day of Visibility 2023

Happy International Transgender Day of Visibility! Every year on March 31st we come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the Trans community and raise awareness about Trans discrimination around the world. In celebration we have highlighted some resources that offer information and support on a variety of trans and non-binary topics.

Did you know?

  • According to the 2021 census, 60,000 Canadians identify as trans
  • There are 3-7x more Trans folks from GenZ than millennials, Gen X, or baby boomers
  • We can thank trans women of colour for starting Pride
  • Over 1/3 of trans youth have attempted suicide

T-Time Tips –  Am embodiment of Black & Bipoc Trans Power and Liberation. T-Time Tips provides lifestyle and hair advice for those transitioning to Trans sisterhood.

Hamilton Trans Health Coalition – A non-profit coalition of healthcare providers, advocates, and community members working to increase the capacity of health systems in Hamilton, Ontario to meet the needs of trans, gender-diverse, and non-binary people. HTHC provides education workshops on a variety of trans-related issues for health care providers. They also aim to answer questions from local trans folks on how best to find healthcare. 

Sherbourne Health/ Rainbow Health Ontario – Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a province-wide program of Sherbourne Health designed to improve access to services and to promote the health of Ontario’s Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (2SLGBTQ) communities. They provide information + consulting, education + training, and develop research to aid in policy-making. 

Canadian Centre for Gender + Sexual Diversity – The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity works in schools and youth communities to stop homophobia, transphobia, bullying & other forms of discrimination. They conduct workshops on comprehensive sex education, intersectionality & diversity as well as professional development. Additionally, they conduct research on the mental health of 2SLGBTQ+ folks.

Trans Wellness Ontario – The mission of Trans Wellness Ontario is to enhance and sustain the health and wellness of transgender, genderqueer, two-spirit, non-binary, queer and questioning communities and their families. They are located in Windsor-Essex and provide services to those over 13 years old. TWO provides individual counseling, peer mentoring, parent peer mentoring as well as games nights, parents nights, ID clinics, an open community room and youth drop-in.

JusticeTrans – JusticeTrans aims to provide accessible legal education to 2STNBGN people by challenging transphobic policy and advocating for community-based transformative social justice. You can visit their website for a variety of legal information at both the provincial and national level on 2SLGBTQ+ issues as well as sex work.

Quebec Trans ID Clinic – The Quebec Trans ID Clinic is a year-long, all-in-one drop-in service for individuals wishing to change their legal name and gender marker, offered across the province of Quebec and notably in Montreal. For now, this service is offered in-person only, but will eventually also be made available remotely.

We are also increasingly concerned with the rise of anti-trans bills being introduced in the US. To keep up to date on this visit translegislation.com.

ODLAN Supports Trans Rights and Inclusion

Here at ODLAN we are extremely disappointed to see the online hate that has been generated in response to Hershey’s inclusion of Fae Johnstone, a trans woman, in an ad campaign celebrating Women’s History Month. On March 1st, 2023, Johnstone tweeted that they would be featured in the Hershey ad:

“The chocolate’s out of the wrapper! Honoured to be featured in this campaign by @Hersheys Canada for #InternationalWomensDay alongside 4 brilliant sisters and change-makers.”

Since then, many have condemned Johnstone’s presence in the advertisement, claiming that she is not a real woman. We condemn this online hate and bigotry against trans women. We stand in support of Fae Johnstone and all other trans women.

Trans lives matter.

Trans women are women.

Trans rights are human rights.

Fae Johnstone is Executive Director and Co-Owner of Wisdom2Action (W2A), a member of YWCA Canada’s Board of Directors, and is an experienced community engagement expert, diversity and inclusion consultant, and project manager. Over her past two years working with W2A, Fae has led local, provincial, and national initiatives focused on 2SLGBTQ+ community health and wellness, youth mental health, meaningful community engagement, and gender-based violence.

To learn more about what ODLAN is doing to combat online hate join us for one of our webinars on the topic (see our social media for dates/time of upcoming webinars) or watch recordings of our webinars here.

Black History Month 2023

February is Black History Month. To celebrate the contributions that the Black community has made to the world of tech (and beyond) we would like to take a moment to highlight some resources we think you might find especially helpful. It was a Black individual who created the world’s first search engine, performed the first open-heart surgery, and created refrigerated trucks, among many more essential tools and services. While Black History Month may be limited to February we at ODLAN aim to uplift Black voices throughout the year.

Black Boys Code – A non-profit with chapters across Canada and the USA. Their mission is to improve the future of Black youth through education in computer science and technology.

Visions of Science Network for Learning – A charitable organization that aims to advance the educational achievements and positive development of youth from low-income and marginalized communities through meaningful engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and research.

The Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) – A membership platform that works to bridge the network gap between Black talent and tech career opportunities across North America. They help Black professionals network, connect with one another, share resources, and grow their careers. With over 50,000 Black professionals in their network, they provide members with access to mentorship, skill-building opportunities, and a strong peer network to support professional growth and advancement. They also host events such as a weekly Global Masterclass series, the annual Global BFUTR Tech Summit, and more.

Accelerate Her Future – AHF offers fully-funded 16-week programs for self-identifying Black, Indigenous, and women of colour based in Ontario to accelerate their careers in STEM.

Blacks In Technology – A global platform for Black people in technology. BIT serves members through community, media, and mentorship. They provide resources and guidance and challenge members to establish new standards of innovation./dev /color – A global career accelerator for Black software engineers, technologists, and executives. They have a growing community of over 600 professional members and a global reach of over 20,000. They provide peer mentorships for software engineers.