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Global solidarity to end homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia

12 May 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

LGBTIQ2S leaders in Kenya, Rwanda, and Canada discuss the importance of strength in community in the face of discrimination and oppression

About this Event

In recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), join the Stephen Lewis Foundation for this timely and compelling conversation about the role of global solidarity in championing health and human rights. Strength to Strength brings together diverse perspectives from community-based organizations in Canada, Rwanda, and Kenya that are addressing the impacts of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia and intersecting forms of oppression on LGBTIQ2S communities.

It is increasingly clear that there are deadly consequences to ignoring the ways in which global pandemics like HIV and COVID-19 thrive on inequalities, discrimination, and social and economic marginalization. Our local struggles for health and rights are globally linked, and we must work together for wellbeing, health, and human rights. Join us to hear directly from LGBTIQ2S leaders about the successes and challenges their organizations are experiencing and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Q&A will follow the conversation.

Host: Maurice Tomlinson, Board Member of the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Moderator: Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, Director of the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Remarks: Doug Stollery, President of the Stollery Charitable Foundation


  • Kennedy Mwendwa, Project Officer at HAPA Kenya, Kenya
  • Aaron Clevis Mbembe, Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy at Health Development Initiative, Rwanda
  • Christopher Nkambwe, Founder and Team Leader at African Centre for Refugees in Ontario, Canada
  • Rin Lawrence, Chair of the Edmonton Public Teachers Local 37 Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights Committee and Queer-Straight Alliance, Canada
  • TBD, Youth Leader, ODE: Remembered Voices, Canada


IDAHOBIT is an opportunity to celebrate the LGBTIQ2S communities who are at the forefront of human rights movements and join them in calling for an end to homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia and intersecting forms of oppression. Register today to take part in this event.


12 May 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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