The 5th Run for Rocky 2017, held on April 9, 2017, will be the FINALE R4R Run/Walk. In the four years that Windsor Pride - Run for Rocky has been held in Windsor, Ontario, the funds raised have totalled $269,442.14. In partnership with the Greater Essex County District School Board, the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, and the University of Windsor, these funds have raised the profile of Gay-Straight Alliances in the Windsor-Essex County region and has assured that LGBTQ students are supported within their school communities. In addition, this funding has helped initiate education programs for parents of LGBTQ youth, educators, and students alike. Paramount is the continuing support of GSA student leadership development and mentorship programming, anti-bullying programs, youth mental health issues, and LGBTQ support.
As a family we feel strongly that the Run for Rocky has helped to make great change in the acceptance of LGBTQ diversity in our community. Our city, schools, homes and workplaces have become more accepting and open places. Now, there are greater support and services for those who are LGBTQ and live and work here. We understand how important this support is to businesses, families and educators in our community. The difference Run for Rocky has made now allows for the LGBTQ community to run with the torch and to continue the advocacy work with a stronger voice than this community has had in the past. Run for Rocky funding will continue for years to come to reinforce these efforts and ensure both students and educators are supported in our community.
Support the FINALE Run for Rocky and be part of the funding for this legacy in our community for many years to come.
Registration is now open. Click here to link to the Run for Rocky website where you can register as a runner/walker, make a contribution or pledge a runner.
On Monday, November 28, 2016 City Council voted in favour of removing the retail spaces at the Pelissier St. garage and converting them back to parking.
The City has given six months’ notice for all tenants to vacate the premises.
Simply put, as of June 1, 2017 the Windsor Pride Community, Education and Resource Centre will have to relocate because the offices are going to be paved over for parking.
It goes without saying that this was not the decision we hoped City Council would reach.
Many of our Community members and allies are reeling from the news. Many have expressed their heartfelt condolences and support. We want to thank you all. Council’s decision leaves a lot of questions that, at this time, we don’t have answers for. Most significantly, we don’t know where we’re moving to.
As emotional a situation as this is, we’re rallying and looking forward to the challenge.
Over the next couple weeks’ discussion will take place about what our next steps will be and a plan will be put in motion. There are going to be struggles as well as opportunities ahead. We encourage you all to remain optimistic and to check back as information will be posted on the Website and to our social media sites.
Keep in mind:
“It’s time to say goodbye but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”
“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies moving forward towards finding the answer.”
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
Here's a story off of the CBC website for your consideration.
How the Cold War 'fruit machine' tried to determine gay from straight
Federal government facing class-action lawsuit from LGBT public servants who lost jobs
By Sherry Aske, Trevor Pritchard, CBC NewsPosted: Nov 03, 2016 8:49 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 03, 2016 12:39 PM ET
It's not fiction — although it sounds like something straight out of a dystopian novel.
The so-called "fruit machine" was a homosexuality detection system commissioned by the Canadian government during the Cold War — and developed largely by a psychologist at Carleton University in Ottawa — to keep LGBT people out of the public service or military.
While the machine is long gone, its legacy is back in the news after the federal government was hit with a class-action lawsuit this week from former public servants who lost their jobs because of their sexual orientation.
Gay and lesbian civil servants were driven out of the Canadian military and public service beginning in the 1950s, but the practice continued after homosexuality was removed from the Criminal Code in the 1960s.
At the time, homosexuals were perceived by the government as weak, unreliable and potentially disloyal. The government feared they might be easy targets for Soviet spies who could blackmail them into giving up important secrets — and thus commissioned the machine to determine a person's sexual identity through involuntary biological responses.
The project "was a series of psychological tests," said Patrizia Gentile, an associate professor at Carleton University and the author of The Canadian War on Queers.
In one test, for example, subjects were shown pictures that would "arouse desire," said Gentile, while cameras took pictures of their pupils, to see if they dilated.
'Product of his time'
The machine was used by the federal government throughout the 1960s, until the Defence Research Board — which was later folded into the Department of National Defence — pulled funding in 1967.
The device was never able to establish a "discernable difference," between the biological responses of heterosexuals and LGBT individuals, Gentile wrote in her book.
The machine was based on research by Frank Robert Wake, a Carleton University psychologist who died in 1993.
"I think he was a product of his time, definitely. But that doesn't of course excuse the fact that he came up with research that was discriminatory and harmful to a lot of people's lives," Gentile told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning on Thursday.
"He is part of the Cold War culture and this culture of fear, where homosexuals and communists were conflated."
According to Doug Elliott, a longtime gay rights activist and the Toronto lawyer leading the class-action lawsuit, as many as 9,000 people could be eligible to join it.
The Liberal government is planning an apology to the country's LGBT community for the past discrimination, but it's unclear when it will act.