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Media invited to attend; diverse interviewees available for comment
Toronto | As we enter the final and most important weeks of the election campaign, the Dignity Initiative and various partners will host “Proud to Vote: LGBTQ Issues in the Federal Election,” the first LGBTQ discussion and debate of the campaign, on September 24.
This debate features Toronto-area candidates Bill Morneau (Liberal candidate in Toronto Centre), Craig Scott (NDP candidate in Toronto Danforth), and Chris Tolley (Green Party candidate in Toronto Danforth). The Conservative Party has not confirmed their participation at this time. Unlike riding-focused debates, Proud to Vote will focus on a range of issues of interest to LGBTQ communities in Canada, including domestic and foreign policy issues.
Proud to Vote is sponsored by The 519, the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (University of Toronto), Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Dignity Initiative, #ENDhatelaws, Pride Toronto, Sherbourne Health Centre, the Trans Lobby Group, and Daily Xtra!. The event will be moderated by Professor Brenda Cossman, Director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre.
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto
Discussion: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Post-debate social: 8:00pm
NB: There will be an opportunity to interview each of the candidates, following the discussion at approximately 7:30pm. While the event will be in English only, French-language interviews can also be arranged.
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Lauryn Kronick, Communications and Outreach Officer, Canadian HIV/AIDS, Legal Network, Telephone: +1 416 595-1666 ext. 236 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org