contributed by Dave R.
With the addition of new board members and many new arrivals to the island, GLOSSI was infused with new energy. A brainstorming session, called “Salt Spring Social Summit” fostered many ideas for new activities…including the creation of a Salt Spring Island Pride Festival. Two newcomers, John and Bob, spearheaded the effort together with several other people such as Caffyn, Deirdre and others. The result was Pride: In the Name of Love, a 2 day extravaganza September 10 and 11th. The festival started off with a GLBTQ Film Festival on Saturday afternoon at ArtSpring and was followed by a kick-off dinner at the Glass Onion. A Life-Mapping Project, examining the life of LBTGQ islanders was exhibited at ArtSpring through the weekend. The highlight of the weekend was a community forum entitled, Voices and Visions: The future of gays and lesbians in our community and the world. GLOSSI managed to recruit well-known speakers such as former MP Svend Robinsom, renowned author Evelyn White, BC Human Rights Commissioner Mary-Woo Sims and Charley Beresford, past chair of the Victoria school board to the panel. Students and teachers from the newly-formed Gay-Straight Alliance at Gulf Islands Secondary School rounded out the panel and provided some fascinating and entertaining perspectives on “the future of the BGLTQ movement”. The never-ending standing ovation at the end was a clear sign of the event’s success. A packed dance at the Glass Onion followed the panel. By Sunday morning, the low-key picnic at Ruckle Park was a welcome respite from the weekend’s frenetic energy. It was clear to all that a new tradition, Salt Spring Pride, has been launched. Less than 2 months later, Scott Merrick organized a Halloween Dance at Lions Hall that capitalized on the Pride energy. It was a great success. In December, the tradition of the GLOSSI Holiday Potluck was also created and friends joined together at Mahon Hall for food, merriment and regifting. That year also saw the implementation of an Anti-Homophobia policy at Gulf Island Secondary School, thanks to the work of the Gay-Straight Alliance at the school, and the initial idea for a GLOSSI scholarship/award for GLBTQ students at the secondary school on the island.
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