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What A Guy!! Grant Halle starts a Lambda LGBTI Award at Laurentian University. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 February 2014 22:05

Grant Halle

Grant Halle, a Sudbury area antiques dealer, has very generously established a new Lambda student award at Laurentian University. It is for excellence in graduate or undergraduate research or applied projects, in English or French, on lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited (in indigenous peoples), transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues.
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Cette bourse, d’un montant variable, 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.

Grant has contributed $10,500 from his own business, and Lambda has donated $2,000, for an initial endowment of $12,500.   The university will invest the money for a year, and the first Grant Halle Lambda Award, estimated at about $400, will be available in the spring of 2015.

Grant and Lambda would love to see an annual student award of $1000, so let’s all support his wonderful efforts by helping him build this endowment. Make Laurentian proud with an LGBTI award that matches or surpasses the ten other Lambda awards across Canada.

See the “Donate” tab at the top of our home page.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 22:44
 
FELICITATIONS! Prof. Nicole LaViolette! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Written by President 16 November 2013   
Thursday, 27 September 2012 22:38

Nicole LaViolette  les Amis de Prix Lambda

La Fondation Lambda est fière d'annoncer le nouveau nom de notre prix à l'Université d'Ottawa: Nicole LaViolette les Amis de Prix Lambda. Nous honorons la professeure LaViolette de la Faculté de droit pour ses travaux savants au sujet des enjeux juridiques LGBT et son engagement personnel aux droits de la personne. Le nouveau nom pour le prix fait aussi référence aux amis de Lambda qui ont établi ce prix en 1995 et l'ont appuyé généreusement au cours des ans.

La professeure LaViolette était une des premières récipiendaires de Prix Lambda en 1999. Elle écrit : « Les prix Lambda sont uniques… Le soutien que j’ai reçu pour mon travail sur les réfugiés étant également membres d’une minorité sexuelle fut extrêmement important. » Elle a depuis acquis une reconnaissance nationale et internationale à titre d’universitaire spécialiste des questions de réfugié et d’immigration axées sur l’orientation et l’identité sexuelles.. Elle est également resté active dans la communauté. Elle a initié un projet communautaire qui vise à réinstaller au Canada des réfugiés LGBT qui font face à la persécution en raison de leur orientation sexuelle ou l'identité de genre Nicole LaViolette nous donne un exemple inspirant. Pour plus des détails concernant la recherche et l’engagement social de Nicole, veuillez voir: http://www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/fr/nicole-laviolette.html

Le prix Nicole LaViolette les Amis de Prix Lambda est à la recherche des candidats qui démontrent l’excellence en recherche ciblant les lesbiennes, gaies, bisexuelles, transgenres et l'intersexuel (LGBTI), notamment en lien avec les lois et les politiques publiques et privées affectant leurs droits, aussi bien que les questions sur leurs communautés, valeurs, réalisations, arts et sports. Les candidats doivent également démontrer qu'ils ont contribué à la communauté LGBTI. Les étudiants en premier, deuxième ou troisième cycle, aussi bien que les postdoctorats et les professeurs au début de leur carrière sont encouragés à poser leur candidature pour ce prix.

La Fondation Lambda espère de pouvoir compter sur votre constant appui. Nous serions reconnaissants de toutes contributions au prix Nicole LaViolette les Amis de Prix Lambda de l’Université d’Ottawa.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:15
 
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

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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 Carleton U Lambda Award Winner Investigates Laws Silencing Queers in Russia PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 06:39

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Melanie Rickert is a second year MA graduate student in Anthropology at Carleton University who has just been to Russian to investigate the effects of the silencing laws there on LGBTI people. Specifically, her research explores how queer activists in St. Petersburg negotiate and articulate their individual and collective identities within the political and religious realities that regulate their everyday lives. Her objectives are to engage with (1) their organizations in order to garner some insight into their everyday lived experiences as queer activists in light of this new ban; (2) the policies and legislation, especially in relation to the framing of identities and practices as illegal and/or immoral; and (3) the queer activists and the ways in which they situate themselves vis-à-vis this new legal context. She is data processing her research and will soon be writing her Master’s thesis.” She says, “It is thanks to the Lambda award that I was able to go to Russia and engage the activists on the ground.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:47
 
CONGRATULATIONS! Prof. Nicole LaViolette! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Written by President 16 November 2013   
Saturday, 08 September 2012 21:31

Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize

The Lambda Foundation is proud to announce that we have renamed our award at the University of Ottawa the Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize. We are honouring Professor LaViolette of the Faculty of Law in this way because she exemplifies leadership and achievement both in terms of her scholarly work on LGBT legal issues and her personal commitment to human rights. Our new name for the award also acknowledges, with deep appreciation, the generous Friends of Lambda who established this Lambda prize in 1995 and have financially maintained it over the years. We hope you will support it, too.

Professor LaViolette was one of the earlier recipients of the Lambda Prize at uOttawa (1999), one of ten of our awards across Canada. “Lambda Awards are unique in their recognition of LGBT scholarship. The support I received for my work on sexual minority refugees was tremendously important,” she says.

Professor LaViolette has since been recognized nationally and internationally as a leading scholar and expert in refugee and immigration issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. She has also remained active in the community, spearheading an Ottawa group committed to resettling in Canada LGBT refugees who are facing persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We at Lambda have always believed in showing the world how outstanding our award winners are, and Nicole LaViolette is an inspiring example. For more on Professor LaViolette’s scholarly and professional accomplishments, see her university webpage: http://www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/nicole-laviolette.html

 

The Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize is to award excellence in research on issues affecting gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgendered and intersex (LGBTI) people, specifically laws, and public and private policies affecting their human rights, as well as those matters pertaining more generally to their communities, values, achievements, arts and sports. All applicants, whether graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or early career professors, must also demonstrate that they have contributed to the LGBTI community.

Please donate to the Nicole LaViolette Lambda Prize. Go to our Donate tab at the top of this webpage.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:23
 
Nicholas Miniaci - Lambda Award Winner, U of Guelph 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 06:39

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Nicholas Miniaci is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph, Bachelor of Arts Honours  History and German. Nicholas is interested in the interplay between states and dominant cultures  with ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities, and his current research aims to locate Middle East  Studies within a global context of Queer Theory. One of his recent papers examined the  controversy over the group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid in relation to Toronto Pride.

Nicholas has also been involved in the Queer community through volunteer work, namely as a  co-coordinator of an LGBTQ-focused group at a health awareness and resource centre at the  University of Guelph for five semesters. Nicholas hopes to return to Germany to pursue further  research and a Master’s Degree.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 16:02
 
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