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June 20th, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

** Trigger Warning: violence **

It has been a week since the tragedy in Orlando devastated the local community and LGBTQ communities worldwide. We now have the obituaries of all 49 people slain, stories of some of the victims, and support flowing from vigils held around the world. For some tips on how to talk to your kids about the Orlando shootings, check out the LGBTQ parenting network’s tip sheet and to show your support financially donate here.

  • If you are having difficulty coping with the news out of Orlando, please call the LGBT Youthline at 1-800-268-9688 or your local crisis line.

In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, celebrities are coming out in solidarity with the queer community. This week we learned that Béatrice Martin of Coeur de Pirate and Mara Wilson of Matilda fame are queer.

Following the lockdown at the University of Toronto last week, students are asking university administration to think about how it can avoid re-traumatizing students and better support the university community in processing recent events.

This weekend was Father’s Day and, fittingly, a Nova Scotia man became Canada’s first registered doula!

Toronto, we’ve been warned! Stop putting takeout cups in the recycling bin!

Finally, rad songwriter Ingrid Burley explains what Beyoncé’s “Love Drought” is really about.

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