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March to protest treatment of homosexuals in Nigeria and Uganda

Gay Rights are Human Rights

March with the Centre for Inquiry as we protest the cruel and inhuman treatment of homosexuals in Nigeria and Uganda.

When: Saturday, April 5

12:30 pm, meet in front of the Human Rights Monument on Elgin (at Lisgar)
1:00 pm start of the march. Note changed route:

- South on Elgin, west on Gilmour and south on Metcalfe to the Nigerian High Commission at 295 Metcalfe St.

- North on Metcalfe, west on Laurier and north on Bay to the Ugandan High Commission at 350 Sparks St.

The march will finish by 3pm.

We will have some signs available, or feel free to make your own!


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  • Emillie

    This was my first protest with CFI. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't at our advantage, it was windy and cold and early on a Saturday so there wasn't that many people in the streets to hear our message. But It was fairly well organized, we were about 15 people holding up signs. But it wasn't stated on the signs that we were protesting against the treatment of homosexuals SPECIFICALLY in Nigeria and Uganda and came across as more of a universal message (they read: Stop faith-based BIGOTRY), which is fine but I think it should've been more specific seeing we have a privilege here in Canada when it comes to same-sex love/marriage compared to in Nigeria where a person can be sent to prison for 14 years for being in a same-sex union. We chanted "Gay rights are Human rights" and "Égalité pour tous" (Equality for all) in front of the Uganda and Nigeria high commissions and took pictures that will be used to bring attention in the media which personally I think is the most important part.

    April 5, 2014

    • Diane B.

      I've posted some preliminary photos, videos will take a little longer!

      1 · April 6, 2014

    • Emillie

      Thank you so much Diane! The photos are really great. :)

      April 6, 2014

  • Feliks

    Fine, but cool and snowy. Also, no media presence :-(

    April 5, 2014

  • kevin s.

    It looks like there might be a bit of a drizzling rain but that's a small sacrifice considering what LGBTQ people suffer with everyday in these countries - plus 80 others around the world. Please come and show your support!

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • Emillie

      I agree. My partner and I will definitely be present, rain or shine.

      April 4, 2014

  • Emillie

    Approximately how many people will be at this protest? Will there be enough signs available and can I reserve some?

    April 3, 2014

    • Emillie

      Will there be people of all ages

      April 3, 2014

    • Seanna

      Not sure of the exact numbers, but there should be enough signs for everyone. I expect a wide range of ages.

      April 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    (homosexual rights = human rights) ⇒ (heterosexual rights ⊄ human rights), which is false.

    March 12, 2014

    • Patti M.

      I think it's time there was a new word/acronym. "Gay" doesn't cover it anymore, and the acronyms are getting too long and unwieldy because they don't want to leave anyone out...fair enough, but have pity on us poor mush-mouthed forgetful folk! :-)

      March 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I meant that I mean not to exclude other sexualities in my earlier comment. If homosexuals in particular are oppressed, a march against oppressing homosexuals in particular is appropriate. The cause of my earlier grievance is no more.

      March 19, 2014

  • Keith D.

    Any graphic-arts inclined folks able to make up pamplets? I think it might be useful to have some, to explain the Canadian connection in this matter.

    March 13, 2014

    • Seanna

      Keith: If you would like to do the text for this, we can probably get someone else to do the graphics.

      March 14, 2014

    • Patti M.

      I will do a pamphlet if text is supplied.

      March 19, 2014

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