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GLOSSI becomes DAISSI

After an extensive consultation process spanning the last year and a half, members of the organization formally known as G.L.O.S.S.I. Gays & Lesbians of Salt Spring Island Society voted by a wide margin at our AGM on April 30th to change the Society’s name to DAISSI Diverse and Inclusive Salt Spring Island Society. We announce this name change with profound honour and appreciation for our organization’s rich and important history under the GLOSSI name, and with heart-filled celebration of this new name that boldly encompasses the vast diversity of the community we represent.

Our thanks to all who participated in the consultation process, the Town Hall meeting, and the vote at the AGM. Most of all, our deepest gratitude to all those who have worked over the years to make GLOSSI the thriving and welcoming organization it has become. We look forward to the many opportunities for us all to build on that proud legacy as we shape what DAISSI is and does in our community. As always, we combine our hearts and voices to support one another, to work and celebrate together, and to live with pride in who we are.
Anna Wärje
Outgoing GLOSSI President

AGM and Name Change Vote

GLOSSI AGM and Name Change Vote
Sunday, April 30th 2-5pm
Meaden Hall (The Legion)

Wine and Cheese served!

You are invited to attend GLOSSI’s 2017 Annual General Meeting!

In addition to reviewing the events of the past year and welcoming new members onto our Board of Directors, at this AGM we will be voting on the potential new name for our organization.

So…what’s the new name we will be voting on?

After an extensive survey process, a very productive Town Hall meeting, and a dedicated Board discussion and vote, one particular name has emerged as the strongest contender overall. This name is currently being submitted to the Province of BC for approval, and if we get that approval it will move forward to a vote at our AGM. The name is…

DAISSI – Diverse and Inclusive Salt Spring Island

Why this name?

Every name on the shortlist had strengths and potential drawbacks. We love DAISSI because it is inclusive, welcoming, whimsical, and unique—just like our community! With a bright beautiful daisy logo in all the colours of the rainbow, and clear messaging in our taglines and mission statement, we feel our diverse identity as proud LGBTQ+++ people will shine clearly in this welcoming name.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has participated in the name change discussion and process thus far. The next step is to vote on whether you want this to be our new name!

How do I vote?

Once we get the potential new name approved by the province, we will send out a formal notification of the upcoming vote. You will receive clear instructions as to how to register as a Society member and cast your vote. Don’t worry, even if you can’t attend the AGM, there will be an option to vote by proxy.

Thank you! Yes you!

Thank you once again to everyone for participating in this process in various ways. We had a wonderful Town Hall meeting this past weekend, with nearly 40 people in attendance offering their voices, hearts, and opinions, and we are so grateful to live in such an engaged community. We want to extend our enormous gratitude to Kingsley Strudwick of Ambit Gender Consulting for facilitating the process at the Town Hall. Big thanks also to Salt Spring Coffee for donating coffee for the event, and to Andrew Cameron for arranging the amazing array of food and other drinks provided! Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming AGM and name change vote!

GLOSSI Board of Directors

Town Hall Gathering Sunday April 2nd

GLOSSI Town Hall Gathering. Sunday, April 2nd, 2-4pm at the Lion’s Club.

An opportunity for discussion and community-building. Refreshments served.

With another GLOSSI AGM approaching (at the end of April), we sense the need for a conscious, caring, and open discussion around our organization’s proposed name change process, as well as our role in the community going forward. We want to honour all voices, histories, and needs in this process. To help us take our next steps together as a community, and hold each other in mutual respect even as we share our different experiences and opinions, GLOSSI is proposing a Town Hall gathering where all are invited to share space and ideas. The event will be facilitated, and our primary goal will be to make the space as safe, welcoming, and attentive as possible.

The Lion’s Club is wheelchair accessible, and gender-neutral bathrooms will be available. Refreshments will include gluten-free options. If you have specific needs around the event, or there is anything that would make you feel more comfortable participating, please feel free to email GLOSSI president Anna Wärje at awarje@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

Salt Spring Pride

GLOSSI welcomes you to Salt Spring Island Pride 2016

upstairs infernoThursday, Sept 8th:
7pm “Upstairs Inferno.” Film screening. Showing now in LGBTQ film festivals throughout North America, Upstairs Inferno documents the largest mass murder of gays until Orlando—32 killed in the 1973 New Orleans arson fire of the Upstairs Lounge—a turning point in gay activism and outrage. Tickets $10. Location: Fritz Theatre.

 

 

Friday, Sept. 9th:

6:30pm-8:30pm “We Were Always Here—Centering Queer and Trans People of Colour.” A free, interactive workshop (open to everyone) on how to be a supportive and proactive ally to LGBTQ+ people of colour and Indigenous folks. Facilitated by Anoushka Ratnarajah.

Update: THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL.

Please email prideallyworkshop@gmail.com to register.
Location: Harbour House

ange hehr6pm onward “Loud and Proud.” Kick off Pride weekend at this great drop-in event. Enjoy food and drink specials all evening, and see the great Ange Hehr perform at 9pm. Location: Moby’s Pub.

 

 

 

Saturday, Sept 10th:
11am “Carnival of Pride and Protest.” Rally begins outside the Public Library on McPhillips Avenue.

12 noon Pride March / Parade begins at the Library, proceeds through town, then back to the Library to dance till 2pm.

13950650_766239050145777_618771745_o7:30pm Pride Dance featuring live music by the amazing Queer as Funk with DJ Slade. Tickets $26 presale. Location: Fulford Hall. (7:30 doors open, music starts at 8pm, band at 9pm.) Check out Queer as Funk at http://queerasfunk.com/

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Sept 11th:
10:30am “Pride of Place.” Unitarian Pride Service with Amanda Tarling. For more info, contact Katie at ssucoordinator@gmail.com
Location: 379 Lower Ganges Road (Senior’s Centre).

Vigil for victoms of Orlando massacre – June 15

To our dear Salt Spring family,

Orlando massacreTears streamed down our faces as we watched the reports flood in of the horrific massacre that took place this past weekend at a queer nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This mass shooting—the worst in modern American history—resulted in 49 people being murdered and 53 more going to hospital, some critically injured. According to the shooter’s father, his son had recently become enraged by the sight of two men kissing, and this may have motivated the devastating attack on the LGBTQ nightclub.

For us here in Canada, this attack comes as a terrible reminder that homophobia and transphobia are alive and well very close to home, and we still have a great deal of work to do to help make a welcoming space available in our world for people of all genders and sexualities, as well as folks of all colors, all nationalities, all abilities, all ages, all faiths.

Hate divides us and causes harm. Love and compassion unite us, and help keep us strong, collectively. With that in mind, GLOSSI is organizing a vigil to be held this Wednesday, June 15th at 7pm in Centennial Park. This will be a space for us to come together and mourn for those who were killed and wounded in Florida, to share feelings and seek support, to hold one another in love and understanding, and to stand in solidarity with all our precious LGBTQ brothers, sisters, and siblings.

If you would like to be involved in helping to organize this event, please contact our former GLOSSI president Bill Turner at billedward@shaw.ca

Thank you.

In Love and Solidarity,
The GLOSSI Board

Ivan Coyote, Storyteller & Poet, February 2016

Please join us for two new events coming up in February!

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Pride is celebrated on the weekend after Labour Day in September. There are numerous other events throughout the year, including movie nights, walks, pot-lucks and other social fun.

We welcome your involvement in the society.
Please come to the next open board meeting or get involved with the Pride Committee.