Vancouver, Canada (PressExposure) July 12, 2011 -- On July 30, 2011, Q Ball, a red carpet fund-raising gala and induction ceremony will be held in Vancouver to officially honour inductees of the National organization the Q Hall of Fame Canada. All inductees are nominated by the Canadian Community. Former inductee include such notables as former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Olympian Mark Tewksbury.
The 2011 inductees are:
Rick Bébout - Long time journalist and member of the Body Politic.
Karen Busby - Law Professor, Solicitor and Human Rights Advocate.
Jeremy Diaz - Founder of Jer's Vision and National Advocate for youth and equality in our education system.
Gens Hellquist - Pioneer of gay liberation in Canada having started the first gay/lesbian organization in Saskatoon in 1971.
NiQ Lavergne - Activist and Founder of the Victoria Lesbian Buddy Program.
k.d. lang - Internationally acclaimed musician, singer, philanthropist, and human rights activist.
Kevin Dale McKeown - Author, activist, and pioneer in the movement for Equality.
Cynthia Petersen - A partner with the Toronto firm of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell, Cynthia Petersen has argued a number of prominent cases on behalf of gay men and lesbians.
Mirha-Soleil Ross - Artist, performer, entertainer and activist.
Delwin Vriend - Canadian who was at the center of a landmark provincial and federal legal case, Vriend v. Alberta, concerning gay rights in Canada.
Garth Weins - Entertainer, activist, and founder of many social programs in northern British Columbia.
Dogwood Monarchy Society - The Dogwood Monarchy Society (DMS) is the "mother" Court of the Canadian Drag Court System. The DMS has successfully been an advocate of, raised awareness, support and over 10 million charitable dollars for the community of Vancouver for 40 years.
"Not only is the Hall of Fame about honouring our pioneers, but it is also about documenting and remembering the accomplishments and lives of these amazing members of our community," commented Paul Therien, Chairperson for the Q Hall of Fame Canada. "They are role models, not just for members of the LGBT community, but for all Canadians. The Q Hall inductees are a true source of pride, admiration and dignity for us all. It is through the vision and accomplishments of such pioneers that future generations may better understand and embrace our community and culture."
Over the years, inductees have become persons of great achievement in the LGBT community making significant efforts to ensure our collective freedoms. Their extensive work with human rights and charitable organizations has garnered widespread public support of fellow citizens, and tremendous admiration by peers.
On June 24, 2011 at the University Golf Glub in Vancouver the Q Hall of Fame is organizing a golf tournament to raise funds for the Safe Online Outreach Society (SOLOS) as well as a university scholarship and grant program. SOLOS' mission is to increase the capacity of youth, parents and professional to effectively respond to online exploitation, whether sexual, emotional or societal, through non-punitive, educational based approaches. The scholarship program is designed to support youth who are active in combating discrimination in School, Sport or Life.
In 2011 the Q Hall of Fame Canada is partnering with GLISA's North American OutGames and the International Human Rights Conference being held in Vancouver to host a day and a half symposium on the Canadian Hate Crimes Legislation and how it impacts Law Makers, Law Enforcement, the Judicial System and the Community.
Q Ball will be held Saturday, July 30, 2011 at the close of the International Human Rights Conference held at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. Tickets are $90. For more info and tickets, visit [http://www.qhalloffame.ca]
"Partnering with the International Human Rights Conference this year for Q Ball made sense to us as it fully aligns with the mandate of the Q Hall of Fame" said Therien "This is about human rights pioneers, and what better place to honour them then at an international conference."
ABOUT THE Q HALL OF FAME:
The Q Hall of Fame Canada is a national resource headquartered in Vancouver to house and commemorate the diverse history of the LGBT community. Not only is the Hall of Fame about honouring those that have pioneered the rights of the LGBT community, but it is about documenting and remembering the accomplishments and lives of these amazing people. Inductees are selected by an independent committee from nominations received from people in the community. [http://www.qhalloffame.ca]
ABOUT Q BALL:
Touted by international media in 2009 as being a glamorous black tie event attended by many of Canada's leaders in the LGBT and Canadian Community, Q Ball is the induction ceremony for the Q Hall of Fame. In an effort to ensure that Q Ball is affordable for all, tickets have been reduced by almost 50% to $90.00 - with limited seating tickets will sell quickly. Tickets may be purchased at [http://www.qhalloffame.ca/qball]
Proceeds from Q Ball go to a national university scholarship program, the Q Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to youth who have demonstrated their commitment to equality in education, sport and life.
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Therien, Founder and Chairperson for the Q Hall of Fame Canada; 778-839-5819
or Loretto Turner, Founding Director of the Q Hall of Fame Canada; 604-568-2546
Both are available for interviews.