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A few days ago I received a notification from the promoter of ProjectBE that I had been nominated by the LGBTQ Community for “Photographer of the Year” award. I was extremely surprised and I think I read it about 5 times before my brain finally processed it. I am honoured to be nominated for this award! I have been working within the LGBTQ community for about 2 years now thanks to a long time friend, Troy Caplan. It has been a wonderful experience working with many talented performers, artists, and organizations who continuously donate their time to making these events and fundraisers possible.

There are many organizations in Guelph and surrounding area that spend countless hours bringing awareness to the community about different types of sexuality, AIDS/HIV Awareness and even some of the local schools have started to talk with their students about these subjects which were sort of swept under the rug when I attended school. I’m straight and for a long time wasn’t really familiar with the struggles that many have to go through on a day-to-day basis based on their sexual orientation. Even still I wouldn’t really consider myself that educated but I am doing my best to learn. If it weren’t for working within the LGBTQ community, I feel I never would have known what I now know today and am very grateful for that. All of you are amazing and keep on doing what you do best!

I want to share a few links and descriptions of some of the local organizations I have had the pleasure of work with. Please take a few moments to check out what they do and share these resources with your friends. You never know who will benefit from this and most of all “Knowledge is power, Information is liberating, Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” -Kofi Annan

Out On The Shelf
“Out on the Shelf is a library and resource centre for the LGBTQ+ community. We also host social events for this diverse community and work to provide it with opportunities for its members to meet.”

Guelph AIDs Committee
“We provide exemplary multidisciplinary services, education and support in the area of HIV and AIDS through innovative health promotion strategies and community partnerships. ”

ProjectBE
“ProjectBE is a network of many individuals who all create a unique look or concept that influences the growth of South Western Ontario’s LGBTQ and “Open Minded” communities.”

Gay-Straight Alliance
“Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.”

Guelph Pride Committee
“Guelph Pride organizes annual events for the Guelph community which aim to bring together the Guelph queer and ally communities as well as address issues surrounding the queer community in a safe, educational manner.”

Cantina Music Productions

“We are dedicated to bringing and supporting new and interesting forms of entertainment, and music to Guelph, Ontario’s Nightlife.”

Voting begins sometime next week. I will be sure to share the link once it becomes available. Thank you for all the support!

-Brandon
www.brandonmarshphoto.com
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