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Congratulations -- twice -- to our former president, Gary Sealey PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:20

The Gary Sealey Friends of Lambda Prize Honours Our Former PresidentThe Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, has announced that Gary Sealey, our former president, is a 2014 recipient of the Order of Ottawa, a special honour for local citizens who have made outstanding contributions to life in the city in many areas. Congratulations, Gary! We are very proud of you.

The Lambda Board of Directors recently renamed our award at Carleton University in Ottawa the Gary Sealey Friends of Lambda Award in honour of Gary and the many Friends of Lambda who helped establish and sustain this Foundation. Gary and his associates put many hours into converting Lambda from a 1980s gay business association to a scholarship foundation that has established nine university research awards to date, plus a Lambda youth leadership award at a high school on the west coast. Over all those years, Gary was ever-present with Lambda in one capacity or another, most recently as the president of the Foundation until he retired from the board two years ago. He is pictured here cutting our 25 anniversary cake in 2010. The Carleton award bearing his name will be given out for the first time in the spring of 2015.

Gary is a visionary with a great talent for making contacts and networking with individuals and human rights groups across the country – building bridges, he likes to call it -- and was particularly adept at persuading generous donors to establish or contribute to one or more of our Lambda awards. Our Carleton University endowment regularly pays out an annual Lambda award worth over $2,000 for a deserving graduate student engaged in excellent research on LGBTI rights and related issues, thanks to Gary and Friends.

In line with Gary’s preferences, and growing trends in both LGBTI scholarship and human rights activism, we have updated the criteria for this award, starting in the current academic year.  Preference will be given to research proposals concerning on the fight for LGBTI rights and issues overseas while, at the same time, projects that focus on Canada will  always be welcome.  The bottom line will be the academic excellence of the winning research proposal.  The new description of the Gary Sealey Friends of Lambda Award can be found at the Lambda university endowments link on our website:

The most recent winner of the Lambda award at Carleton, and the last one under its old name (Lambda Foundation for Excellence Award) is Devyn Stackhouse, a Master's student in Women's and Gender Studies. Devyn is a social justice researcher examining the right to gender self-determination in Canada.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 23:20
Introducing the latest member of our Lambda team. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:04 Morris IV is very excited to start working with the Lambda Foundation as the Social Media Coordinator volunteer. He hails from Nova Scotia, grew up in Kuwait and Pennsylvania, and currently calls Montreal home. He graduated from McGill University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, sociology, and sexual diversity studies. As an undergrad, Jefferson was involved with LGBTI issues, student support programs, and event-planning and promotion. He hopes to dedicate his career to improving the lives of minority groups, particularly queer ones. Welcome, Jefferson!


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 21:12
Lambda Winner at U of M studies same-sex marriage and religious freedom PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 December 2013 19:15

Robert Smith Photo

Robert Smith is currently a doctoral student in the Religious Studies program at the University of Montréal, under the supervision of Dr. Denise Couture who is an expert in feminist theory and theology. His doctoral research, entitled Same-sex marriage and the question of religious freedom: a qualitative meta-analysis, examines (1) how different democracies are addressing religious liberty where same sex marriage is now legal, (2) how collective outcomes are clarifying religious discrimination, and (3) how long-term trends are impacting religious liberty and LGBT rights internationally. Overall, the thesis posits that religious claims need to be subject to the same hermeneutical principles as all interpretive discourse, in order to address competing claims democratically, and to move beyond impasse and moral relativism. Modeled after United Nations guidelines, the study proposes one of the first long-term, empirical meta-analyses on the subject, and is targeted to a wide international audience—including academics, policy makers, theologians and laypersons alike. Robert also works as a researcher with the Canadian Council of Churches, and as a proof editor with the academic journal Théologiques.

Robert Smith est actuellement un étudiant de doctorat dans le programme Sciences des religions à l’Université de Montréal, sous la direction de Dr. Denise Couture qui est une experte dans la théorie et la théologie féministe. Sa recherche doctorale, intitulé Same-sex marriage and the question of religious freedom: a qualitative meta-analysis, examine (1) comment différentes démocraties abordent la liberté religieuses là où le mariage de même sexe est maintenant légal, (2) comment les résultats collectifs clarifient la discrimination religieuse, et (3) comment les tendances à long-terme affectent la liberté religieuse et les droits LGBT internationalement. Pris d’ensemble, la thèse énonce que les affirmations religieuses ont besoin d’être soumises aux mêmes principes herméneutiques tel que tous discours, afin de outrepasser l’impasse et le relativisme moral. Modelé après les directives de l’Organisation des nations unies, l’étude propose une des premières méta-analyses sur le sujet, et est ciblé vers un lectorat international, incluant les académiques, législateurs, théologiens ainsi que les laïques. Robert travaille également comme chercheur avec le Conseil Canadien des Églises, et comme réviseur avec la revue Théologiques.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:44
A New Lambda Award Coming Soon for Laurentian Students PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 February 2014 22:05

Grant Halle


Graduate and undergraduate students at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario will have their own LGBTI award very soon - the Grant Halle Lambda Foundation Award – the first of our university endowments in Northern Ontario. The presence of such an award is a great way to help counter the remaining elements of a chilly climate for LGBTI students and staff at Laurentian, as documented in a 2012 survey by the campus-wide Sexuality and Diversity Committee. At that point, the atmosphere at Laurentian was getting better for some LGBTI people, but there was still a way to go to make everyone feel welcome. This new award will help by encouraging Laurentian students to openly tackle LGBTI issues in their studies and their professors to support their efforts.

The endowment is now valued at just over $17,000 dollars, including the interest on its investment. The major donor, Grant Halle (pictured here) has contributed over $13,600 to the endowment to date from his own antiques business, Lambda has contributed another $2,000, while the Development Office at Laurentian helped raise another $1,000 from staff contributions. The first Grant Halle Lambda Foundation Award of $500, will be available in 2015, so eligible Laurentian students should  inquire now at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We will keep building the endowment over the next few years until the annual award is worth at least $1000. Here is the official award description:

The Grant Halle Lambda Foundation Award

For excellence in graduate or undergraduate research or applied projects in English or French in any academic or professional field that engenders greater knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited (in indigenous peoples), transgender, or intersex individuals and populations in all their diversities, especially in, but not limited to, northern Canada. The award is open to all qualifying students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, on the recommendation of their academic or professional programs.

Bourse Grant Halle de la Fondation Lambda

Cette bourse est décernée à un membre de la population étudiante, peu importe l’orientation ou l’identité sexuelle. Elle a pour but de favoriser à tous les cycles l’excellence en recherche ou dans les projets appliqués, en anglais ou en français, dans n’importe quel domaine savant ou professionnel qui favorise les connaissances touchant les personnes ou populations lesbiennes, gaies, bisexuelles, bispirituelles (chez les Autochtones), transgenres ou intersexuelles et de toute leur hétérogénéité, qui vivent surtout dans le nord du Canada. Les candidats doivent recevoir une recommandation de la personne responsable de leur programme d’études.

Lambda is very grateful to Grant Halle for his generosity in establishing this award. We also thank Prof. Joël Dickinson, who is co-chair of the Sexuality and Diversity Committee on campus; Stephanie Corrigan, the manager of the university’s Acquisition Program and her staff; and Sarah Gatza, Chris Grimard and other members of the Pride Centre for their help in planning a fundraising campaign for the Grant Halle Lambda Foundation Award.

You can throw your support behind Grant Halle and the campus team by clicking on the Donate button at the top of our homepage. You can donate to Lambda Foundation through CanadaHelps, United Way or by sending us a cheque. Thank you so much!

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 21:15
LaViolette Prize Winner at Ottawa U Investigates LGBT Rights in the Caribbean. PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 September 2012 21:31


Cailey Dover in Saint François, Guadeloupe

Cailey Dover in Saint François, Guadeloupe


Cailey Dover, who is investigating the history and progress of LGBT rights in Guadeloupe and Jamaica, is the first person to win the Lambda award at Ottawa U since it was renamed in the Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize last year. Cailey is a graduate student in Political Science with a specialization in Women’s Studies. For her Master’s thesis research, she is carrying out a comparative examination of the legal and other colonial traditions in Jamaica (English common law) and Guadeloupe (French civil law), and the different impacts they have had on LGBT peoples, their rights and their activism in those two countries. There is still very little academic research on LGBT rights in the Caribbean and this thesis will be among the pioneer student contributions to this field.

Aside from her research interests, Cailey has been active in the LGBT community in Ottawa. She is a member of Amnesty International and helped organize the Capital Pride human rights vigil in 2013, among other activities.

Professor Nicole LaViolette

The Lambda Foundation renamed its award at Ottawa U to honour one of our first prize winners at that institution, Professor Nicole LaViolette of the Faculty of Law (pictured above), who has since become an internationally renowned scholar, as well as a local activist, in LGBT refugee rights. The new name also honours the many Friends of Lambda, who established and sustained the original endowment.

Lambda is conducting an ongoing campaign to increase the endowment of this award, which we hope you will support. Please go to the How to Donate tab at the top of this home page.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:51
U of Manitoba winner queer(ie)s zombies in culture and politics PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 29 March 2014 00:02

Jeremy Strong, a graduate student in Literature, is the latest winner of Lambda’s Les McAfee Memorial Award at the University of Manitoba.  His Masters thesis explores queer theory and  the cultural impact of imaginary zombies, explaining  the high stakes queer communities may have in how queer bodies are depicted, or not depicted,  in literature and film.  In one chapter, for example, he investigated the AMC television series The Walking Dead and its lack of attention to the queer characters that appeared in the original source material.  He also analyzed the way the TV show presents queerness to predominantly conservative audiences.

Jeremy Strong McAfee Memorial Award Winner

Jeremy’s Ph.D. research, which he will start in the fall, will focus in part on how cultural perceptions of queerness in literature, film and television are reflected in the national politics of Canada’s queer community. “My research will add to an important body of queer theory that is increasing focused on LGBTQ rights.”


Jeremy actively contributes to LGBTQ scholarship in Winnipeg.  He has joined a research cluster called Queer Biopolitics, whose members explore the political, social and cultural aspects of queerness.  He was the chief organizer of a recent, one-day academic gathering featuring a prominent visiting scholar, Dr. Scott Herring, who specializes in American literature and queer studies.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 March 2014 00:04
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