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.Lloyd Simmons and Joe Varnell (Photo by Kevin Bourassa, 2001)
Lloyd Simmons (co-founder, with spouse Bruce Walker, of Toronto's largest Christmas Eve service at Roy Thomson Hall) and Joe Varnell share a laugh following the blessing of the equal marriage participants.



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Advocacy: Events in 2001

Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell are available for speaking engagements customized to the needs of audiences and organizations. Arrangements and bookings are managed by:

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Please email other requests to samesex@samesexmarriage.ca

Friday 7 December 2020 | 9:00 a.m.

Power and Social Movements Class
Marilyn Byers, Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell will address the issue of same-sex marriage at the Warden Woods campus of Centennial College, Room 1033. There will be a short presentation followed by Questions and Answers.

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Saturday 10 November 2020 | 2:00 p.m.

EGALE Open House
Laurie Aaron, Chair of the EGALE Equal Marriage Committe, celebrated a wonderful afternoon, in recognition of another milestone on the way to full equality for gays and lesbians.

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Sunday 4 Noveber 2001 | 11:00 a.m.

"Blessing of the Equal Marriage Participants"
Free To Marry Couples & Counsel, MCC Toronto Couples & Counsel & EGALE join together in worship prior to the beginning of the Equal Marriage Challenge in Ontario

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Tuesay 23 October 2020 |7:30 p.m.

"Why Marriage Matters"
Douglas Elliott & Laurie Aaron
At the 5th Anniversary Celebration of PFLAG York Region, Douglas Elliott of Elliott & Kim and Laurie Aaron of EGALE discuss the upcoming marriage challenges here in Ontario.

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Thursday 18 October 2021 | 7:00 p.m.

" Pride and Prejudice: Gay Marriage, Family, and the Media"
Joe Varnell and Kevin Bourassa
PFLAG - Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays

" ... the most amazing talk that I have heard in a very long time. Moving, inspirational and obviously from the heart. Thank you."
Ian, PFLAG York Region

"Their story was fascinating; first one and then the other spoke, taking turns unfolding the events before and following the ceremony ...It was a marvelous evening, not just because they told a great yarn in style, but because no one listening could have had any doubt about the integrity of their relationship. For families anxious about their gay children, it must have been an inspiration."
Barbara and Tom, PFLAG York Region