On May 17, the National Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Program Coordinator Michelle Jay spoke at an inspiring rally of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and allies in Charlottetown. She shared messages of support and unity from each of Council’s members and staff!Happy women or girls standing together and holding hands. Group of female friends, union of feminists, sisterhood. Flat cartoon characters isolated on white background. Colorful vector illustration.

By promoting understanding, acceptance, and equality, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and just society for everyone. ~ Gaylene Carragher

Like rainbows, our rally for the Rainbow week of Action is beautiful, courageous, dynamic and needed for our community. ~ Hsiao Yu Liu

Let us continue to stand as staunch allies, advocating for a world where all individuals, regardless of their identity or whom they love, are welcomed with open arms and empathy. ~ Felicia Carey

Embrace freedom and opportunities to be the solution; the change the world needs by letting go of the barrier of victimhood. ~ Barb McDowall

Know that there are millions who will fight for you because we know that you belong, that you are deserving of love and respect, that you matter, and that you are infinitely important to the wellbeing of this place. ~ Soleil Hutchinson

Life is boring without real intimacy and genuine self-expression. ~ Emily Rutledge

We stand together in love and acceptance, embracing the strength of diversity. Your voices matter, your identities are valid, and your beauty is worthy of celebration. ~ Allie Cantwell

Let’s embrace the spectrum of love in all its colors, and let kindness be the language that unites us all. ~ Garima Mishra

Equity and inclusion are for everyone. When we are all accepted and appreciated, everyone is better. As a community we are stronger, smarter, kinder, more beautiful…magic happens! ~ Michelle Jay

In any ecosystem, diversity is the sign of flourishing and of joy and of successful interdependence. Diversity is community. ~ Jane Ledwell

Everyone deserves to be safe and supported. Be an ally and say NO to hate! ~ Becky Tramley

Our communities are stronger and brighter when everyone feels safe, valued, and encouraged to develop into their truest selves. ~ Trish Altass


This rainbow rally is inspiring and important. Thank you for fostering inclusivity and promoting equality, and making a positive impact on the lives of countless individuals. It’s vital to create spaces where everyone feels accepted, celebrated, and empowered to be their authentic selves. I hope this rainbow rally is a beacon of hope sending a powerful message of unity and acceptance across Canada and beyond! ~ Serena Smith


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Michelle speaking at the rally.

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