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Washroom Inclusion: Top 3 Tips for intentionally inclusive spaces gender identity Aug 05, 2022

Our team always enjoys talking with organizations and business leaders about the steps they're taking towards building inclusive cultures. The steps are important, but the movement is essential. To not get stuck in one space, you have got to do 'the walk.'

When a...

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Eye See You: Portraitures in Humanity, Yousuf Karsh, identity and PRIDE 2022 event gender gender identity heycis! intersectionality pride Jul 26, 2022

Have you ever wondered, what is 'intersectionality', and how does it relate to you performing your job better, communicating better, or simply being more inclusive all around? How can using an intersectional lens enable us to gain new perspectives?

This past week the folks at Simply...

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Leave your Ableism outside the Bedroom: in conversation with Andrew Gurza and Rachele Manett ableism advocacy books disability heycis! podcast venus envy May 20, 2022

What if you're 'a cripple and you're Queer'?

I am always thinking about the power of words. What is OK and what is not, especially in today's cancel culture society.

As we head on into the May long weekend, I pose to you, the reader, this question:

  • Does the above...
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Hey, Cis! No winners in oppression olympics homonoir intersectionality podcast qtbipoc Apr 01, 2022

The intersections of being a person of colour and LGBTQ2+ are complex.

Gender identity is complex and so is sexual orientation.  Do you want to better understand what the impacts are when we add a layer of race to the intersections of a gender diverse experience?

As...

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TDoV 2022 and celebrating visibility in inclusive reading event author blog books childrens books ctv event gender identity inclusive read kids media parenting the pink balloon trans youth transyouth Mar 31, 2022

 

 I recently shared this before Trans Day of Visibility 2022 and thought it may prove helpful for those looking to join the conversation in breaking down the biases within our gender-scripted society.

Below are a few thoughts and tips on visible inclusion for you.

I really...

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Identity and Music and "(Trans)Gendering the Musical Score with composer Hope Salmonson gender identity heycis! journey podcast queer music Mar 31, 2022

Have you ever looked behind the curtain and thought about who is behind the music you love? Do you ever contemplate what draws you to a piece of music or composer; and how that is linked to your identity?

What if you’re a trans composer?

How does that shape your...

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One Bad Mother: Journey from fear to fierce blog books childrens books health healthcare heycis! parenting transyouth Jan 21, 2022

 Laughing through an hour at something I don't usually laugh about, was pure January-therapy!

What a trip being a guest on the L.A.-based podcast One Bad Mother and keeping up with the host, Biz. Thank you One Bad Mother for inviting me onto your podcast.

Despite the distance (L.A. to...

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Celebrating The Pink Balloon on CTV Your Morning in December 2021 books childrens books ctv media the pink balloon Dec 07, 2021

Nationally celebrating the publishing of The Pink Balloon is one of the biggest highlights of 2021 for both Cynthia and BriAnna. We are so grateful for the everyone who has and is supporting launching this story into the world and for all the positive responses.  Feeling blessed!

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Guest podcast conversation on Where Parents Talk advocacy books childrens books media parenting podcast the pink balloon transyouth Nov 22, 2021

Where Parents Talk is a network focused on helping inspire confidence in parenting so parents can parent with relentless optimism to raise happy, thriving children. 

In November BriAnna and Cynthia had the opportunity to talk with Lianne Castelino about The Pink Balloon and...

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Guest podcast conversation on Bite-Sized Balance with Wendy McCallum kids media parenting podcast trans youth transyouth Nov 22, 2021

"Wendy chats with Cyndi Sweeney and BriAnna Simons, who are both parents of transgender children and advocates for inclusion awareness. Cyndi is a writer, educator, journalist and consultant for beyond binary thinking, and BriAnna is a clinical social worker who specializes in child and...

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Event! Inclusive Reads for Inclusive Schools Fall 2021 event inclusive read school Nov 15, 2021

This past February 2021 we had 3,840+ students participate in our event!

We are proud that all books align with the curriculum and are age appropriate, reflecting the fair and equitable society we are trying to achieve in Nova Scotia. We pride our events in inspiring intentional ally...

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Resources for parents and caregivers of trans and gender expansive youth blog books healthcare local lgbtq resources parent resources school transyouth Sep 29, 2021

Hello!

If you're here, you may be looking for some resources, supports or simply a village of fellow parents and caregivers. Here is how we can help.

 Pflag Halifax has received a generous donation of books from UPS Foundation and we are adding them to our wonderful lending library! ...

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