Volume 96, Issue 3

Thursday, June 6, 2002
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Off the cuff of glory

Ivey brings in the bucks

Gay and lesbian info hits the web

Western engineers hit the finish line in Michigan

London health officials battle "tanorexia"

Ship Liberal sailing into very rocky waters

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Double cohort applications process unclear

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Gay and lesbian info hits the web

By Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff

The launch of a new website at Western in support of gay parents is the first site of its kind in Canada that offers a national approach.

The Family Pride website – www.familypride.uwo.ca – is a space where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered families can connect, said Western English professor James Miller. The site is based out of Western's Pride Library in University College and allows the library's contents to be searched and accessed on-line, he explained.

"Too often queer families feel isolated. [This is a] space where they can see they're not alone," Miller said. The website has information about all aspects of gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual life, but is especially geared towards parents and prospective parents, he added.

"We wanted to create a context that is incredibly encouraging," Miller said, noting the site will continue to incorporate new features including a message forum and information in French.

"It's an excellent resource and it's locally based," said Jen Leppard, Western's pride commissioner and co-president of Queer Western Ontario.

"The resources that are in London are non-existent with the recent closing of HALO [Homophile Association of London Ontario]," Leppard said, adding the site gives people somewhere to go for information.

"I think using the site will definitely benefit people," said Roma Harris, Western's registrar and vice-provost, adding she is pleased to see the development and funding of the site on campus.

"We're at the frontier of social progress in Canada [and] are actually foreseeing the need for information for [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered] parenting," Miller said, noting the eventual goal for the website is to become national.

The site will continue to evolve and change over the next year with the help of funding from the Counseling Foundation of Canada, Miller said.

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