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New group to build bridges for LGBTQ2A

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The Borderland area's queer community is invited to take part in the kick-off meeting for a new initiative aimed at building social ties and supportive relationships among local LGBTQ2A people.

The LGBTQ2A Social Group is a joint effort of Borderland Pride, the United Native Friendship Centre (UNFC), and the Fort Frances Public Library. It is aimed at creating a safe, respectful, non-judgemental, and confidential social environment to reduce isolation, make social connections, and build community among LGBTQ2 people, their allies and loved ones.

The Social Group's first event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the UNFC's building on 516 Portage Avenue in Fort Frances.

This pilot event is open to all LGBTQ2-identifying people, their allies, and those who are questioning or dealing with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The goal of the first meeting of the Social Group will be to set ground rules and objectives, and to identify potential activities for future meetings or events so that this program can meet the needs and expectations of those who need it, while respecting the privacy and safety of its participants.

Participation in this activity is strictly confidential. Identifying participants outside of the meeting or photographing or recording of the event is prohibited.

While there is no need to register in order to attend, a Facebook event page has been created at https://bit.ly/2NU95KC (the attendee list is hidden from public view).

Questions can be directed to borderlandpride@gmail.com or (807) 861-3684.

LGBTQ2A stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirit, and ally.

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