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International Day Against Homophobia

Dan MacDonald, International Day Against Homophobia

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is celebrated on May 17th  throughout the world.

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia attempts to educate the public about the importance of reaching out to everybody, regardless of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Once again, Windsor Essex Pride Fest presented Tuesday night at the Walkerville Brewery SLAM-A-PHOBIA, a mixture of spoken word, performance, storytelling and art. A huge and enthusiastic crowd filled the east end brewery for this free event, although a voluntary passing of the hat took place to benefit the George Hannah Red Lounge Scholarship at St. Clair College.

More than 18 volunteers from across the spectrum of the community shared humorous, informative, heart-wrenching, and sometimes hilarious perspectives and thoughts on the impact homo/bi/trans-phobia has had on so many.

The event was hosted by event founder and radio personality Dan MacDonald for 93.9 The River and windsor prideAM800.  He was joined in his hosting duties by local community favourite stand-up comic Mel Lucier!

Earlier in the evening before the Slam-a-Phobia event, Walkerville Brewery was the setting for a local philanthropic group of men, 100 Men Who Give A Damn Windsor Essex, to present Windsor Pride Community with a cheque for $8450 for their work in the community.

Biz X magazine’s Joe McParland chats with Dan MacDonald during a break in the action.

Feature photo: Slam-a-phobia Event Coordinator, Dan MacDonald

Story, photos and video by Joe McParland

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Joe retired January 2015 as a Superintendent from a 26 year career with the Canada Border Services Agency in Windsor. Since then he has jettisoned into a number of exciting new opportunities. Joe is in his 13th year as a volunteer with TVCogeco as their on air personality at Windsor City and Essex County Council Meetings, and his 11 years as a registered Ontario Marriage Officiant. Joe now shares his talents and numerous life experiences with Biz X as a regular blogger, columnist and any other “Joe – Jobs” we can find for him.