Halifax - Scott Jones will be speaking at a rally being held by the Nova Scotia
Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP) and partner organizations in recognition of
International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHT).
Scott Jones holds a sign that reads “Don’t Be Afraid”. It’s a message he’s been spreading since his attack.
The rally will take place on tonight at 6:00pm in Victoria Park
on Spring Garden Road, Halifax.
Speakers at this year’s rally will highlight issues of local and national
Scott Jones will address the rally on behalf of the Don’t Be Afraid
Campaign, an anti-homophobia organization that started up last October
while Jones was in hospital after the stabbing that left him paralyzed.
Pedram Niakan and Keith MacMillan will speak about LGBTQ refugees. Niakan
is a newcomer to Canada sponsored by the Rainbow Refugee Association of
Nova Scotia, a community group focused on LGBTQ asylum seekers and
international rights. MacMillan works at the Halifax Refugee Clinic.
Activists Kate Shewan and Jessica Durling will speak about transgender
rights. NSRAP vice-chair Shewan will address the NS government’s recent
introduction of MSI coverage for gender confirming surgeries. Durling is
petitioning the provincial government to amend the regulations around
changing sex designation on identification.
The Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project is a not-for-profit organization
serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)
community in Nova Scotia. NSRAP advocates for full equality and acceptance
for the LGBTQ community and is active throughout the province.
In 2005, Montreal-based Fondation Émergence established the annual
campaign dedicated to the fight against homophobia that has become the
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Events will take
place in over 120 countries on and around May 17 — the date the World
Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in