Defence Team: Send in your Pride 2019 photos

CAF members in the 2018 Toronto, ON Pride Parade. Photo credit: Jason L. K. Lau @ emagto.ca ***Des membres des FAC participent au défilé de la fierté de 2018 à Toronto, en Ontario. Photo : Jason L. K. Lau @ emagto.ca

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The LGBTQ2 community takes part in Pride Month, celebrating sexual diversity and equal rights, as well as focusing awareness on the issues faced by those within their community. Parades and other community events take place throughout the summer.

To celebrate Pride 2019, members of the Defence Team can submit photos to: +Internal Communications internes@ADM(PA)@Ottawa-Hull. All photos must be accompanied by:

• Sender’s name, email, contact phone number and rank, if applicable. Please use your @forces.gc.ca email address.
• A brief caption that describes the photo and includes the location/date the image was taken. (150 words max.)

Images may be featured across our platforms, including The Maple Leaf, the Defence Team Intranet, and all of our social media accounts.

Pride Facts:
• In 2017 the federal government updated the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to include gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination.
• The first ethical principle in the DND / CAF Code of Values and Ethics is to respect the dignity of all persons. The Canadian Armed Forces is committed to upholding this principle through the promotion of a culture that is diverse and inclusive of all members, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
• The CAF is implementing gender, diversity, and inclusion initiatives to prevent and address harmful behaviours and to ensure the work environment is free from harassment and discrimination. On January 31, 2018, DND/CAF launched the Positive Space initiative to promote a safe and inclusive work environment for all employees regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
• University of Winnipeg launches the first Two-Spirit archives in Canada. The collection, mostly donated by long-time Winnipeg two-spirit activist Albert McLeod, is believed to be the most comprehensive collection of two-spirit materials in Canada, The archives will be used by researchers, historians and two-spirit people to tell the story of the movement’s 40-year history.

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