Member’s Statement: Planned Parenthood
Gerry Rogers, MHA, St. John’s Centre
Private Member’s Statement
I rise today to salute an organization which does incredibly important work in shattering stereotypes.
Planned Parenthood – Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre is on Merrymeeting Road in my district, but their work reaches people across our province.
Tomorrow is International Day Against Homophobia. Planned Parenthood’s does fantastic work around LGBTQ issues.
Their LGBTQ youth group offers a safe social meeting place, breaking the barrier of isolation and giving youth the vital supports they don’t always find at home or school.
Growing out of that group is the incredible Camp Eclipse, which brings youth from across this province and Nova Scotia together for four days of empowering workshops and leadership training. Camp Eclipse: OUT in the Woods is open to all youth who want to learn about issues faced by queer people, and to help end discrimination in their schools and communities. Two years ago, I enjoyed facilitating a workshop there on activism and social change.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll attend Planned Parenthood’s International Day Against Homophobia Breakfast at the Battery Hotel. Tickets are $20 at the door. I invite all honourable members to join me and demonstrate their support for this very important cause.