Adovcacy News - Asian Canadians advancing equal marriage
May 6, 2004
Canadians advancing equal marriage
Anyone who remembers the protests that followed last summer's arrival of same-sex marriage in Ontario and British Columbia, will recall that a sizeable number of the bused-in protestors were Asian Canadians. Remember those red t-shirt-clad Christian fundamentalists and extremists that were on CBC-TV?
A coalition has been formed to to ensure Asian Canadians see a gay-positive, non-discriminatory representation of their true, tolerant community. Asian Canadians for Equal Marriage (ACFEM), a Toronto-based group that has the support of the Chinese Canadian National Council of Toronto, has been formed with that purpose in mind.
ACFEM describes iteself as a "coalition of non-partisan, multi-faith organizations and individuals from diverse Asian Canadian Communities." The group actively supports human rights, including gay marriage and they're seeking further participation and involvement of like-minded organizations and individuals who are interested in:
Media Skills and Strategy Building Forum
The group is hosting a one-day media skill building / strategy development forum that will include information about ACFEM, update on the equal marriage campaign, media skills-coaching and planning:
To confirm your attendance at the media skills and strategy forum, and to receive a media skills needs assessment, contact: Alan Li.