University of Alberta partners with REACH on sexual minorities' safety

EDMONTON - REACH Edmonton is partnering with the University of Alberta to engage the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBTQ) community on-campus through open discussion about the safety concerns facing sexual minorities on campus and throughout the student community. The engagement event, part of the University’s Pride Week celebrations, features brief presentations from the Edmonton Police Services Hate Crimes Unit as well as campus Protective Services, followed by candid, round-table discussions on the safety issues facing the LGBTQ community. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about what supports are available for sexual minorities on and off-campus as well as have their voices heard when it comes to safety and crime prevention issues in their community. REACH Edmonton will facilitate the event, releasing a public report on the discussions following the event. “The LGBTQ community is facing its own unique challenges when it comes to safety and crime prevention. We’re partnering with the university to engage this demographic to bring these issues to the attention of service providers and the general public,” said Jan Fox, Executive Director of REACH Edmonton. “Without the knowledge of what this community is facing, we can’t begin the work of addressing the needs and building the partnerships that will make the University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton a safer place to live as a sexual minority.” The event will be held March 19 at the University of Alberta, Education South building - Room #122, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Marilyn Gray at (587) 991-3142.