Translated by Nelle Tremblay
Interligne, a front-line organization helping LGBTQ+ people, launches this Tuesday the Alliances, Genders, Identities and Sexualities (AGIS) program. This program echoes the Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) found in schools in the United States and English Canada. They consist in groups of LGBTQ+ youth created to foster an inclusive climate for sexual and gender diversity. Prior to Interligne's initiative, Quebec was the only province in Canada to have no resources for the creation of the Alliances.
AGIS create a safe space in schools and youth centers for people of the LGBTQ+ community. It is therefore a way to make sexual and gender diversity shine in various environments. Thus, young people can express *what they really are and make their different realities known.
AGIS can also become a great platform for young people to talk about themselves or for others to expose the issues and realities of LGBTQ+ persons. In addition, these safe spaces, which are also spaces to raise awareness, allow allied people to become actively involved.
In order to support the launch of the AGIS, Interligne also organizes a short film screenwriting competition. The theme of the contest is bullying related to sexual orientation and gender and is aimed at people between 12 and 18 years old. All details are on the website.