Montréal, October 30, 2018 – Interligne unveils today its brand new Gender, Identity, Sexuality Alliances (GISA) programme, set in motion with the support of the Ministère de la Justice. Offered throughout the province, the GISA programme supports the creation of welcoming and supportive spaces for LGBTQ+ students and their friends thanks to a ready-to-use toolkit.
What is a GISA?
A GISA is an alliance created by and for young people to fight bullying and make our schools safer and more inclusive of LGBTQ+ realities. The impact of such alliances has been proven many times: LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ youth who have these alliances in their schools witness less discriminatory remarks, suffer less instances of bullying and harassment, report less suicidal thoughts, and perceive the school administration to be more supportive.
“In Canada, the first ‘gay-straight’ alliances began in British Columbia in 1998. Contrary to other provinces where these alliances are very present, Quebec offers little resources regarding such matters,” explains Pascal Vaillancourt, Executive Director of Interligne. “However, the calls received on the help line and the results of our pilot project reveal that there is a real need for them.”
A ready-to-use toolkit
To help young people and adult mentors who wish to launch a GISA in their school or in any other youth organisation, Interligne offers a starter kit including an 8-step start-up guide, a collection of 25 activities and a catalogue of free training sessions. What’s more, we add online forums, complementary resources, and a list of organisations that offer conferences to youth sector organisations at http://gisa.interligne.co.
Chantier jeunesse grants for the launch of a GISA
If financial resources are not essential to the launch of an alliance, they do allow to expand opportunities. To support this initiative, Chantiers Jeunesse will offer grants of $500 to the first five GISA requests at http://gisa.interligne.co/grants.
A first awareness activity: the “Take Action Against Bullying!” contest
To kick-start the GISAs, Interligne is opening a script writing contest geared at fighting bullying rooted in sexual orientation and gender identity. The winning teams will see their script come to life as a video clip released on social media during an awareness campaign. The jury will comprise actor and singer Sophie Paradis, radio host and columnist Nicolas Ouellet, actor and poet Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay, author and actor Simon Boulerice, host and YouTuber PL Cloutier, YouTuber Gabrielle Marion, Pierre Couture from Phil Communication agency and members of Interligne. Teams have until January 13, 2019 to submit their script at http://gisa.interligne.co/contest/
Contest launch video with Nicolas Ouellet: https://youtu.be/vxE4oZpag1s
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Interligne is a first response help and information centre for those concerned with gender and sexual diversity. Thanks to its 24-hour services, the organisation offers support to LGBTQ+ individuals, their friends and family, and to professionals from the health, education and social services sectors. Through its awareness campaigns, Interligne works to achieve a greater openness in society to the realities of LGBTQ+ individuals.
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