(Moncton – February 24, 2022) – The YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN) is an innovative national program that engages leaders ages 15 to 30 across Canada to address a community need through service projects. The program, part of the Canada Service Corps initiative, supports youth with opportunities to identify and execute a local service project that is meaningful to them.

One of our current cohorts is hosting a ‘Living Library’.  The event will show case local members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and aims to promote the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as a social group. The ‘books’ are people who have knowledge and lived experiences, and they are ‘borrowed’ by ‘readers’ who can ask questions, to both learn about the other person and also challenge their own prejudices.

The event will also host 3 guest speakers:

  • The Get Real Movement teaches about 2SLGBTQ+ History
  • Mitchell Goodine speaking on Conversion Therapy
  • Normand Hector will speak about personal experiences.

The motivation for this project grew from this group’s own lived experiences and desire to give our tri-community area a safe place to learn about and understand the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

The event will be held at the YMCA Moncton North location on Sunday, March 13th, from 12pm – 4 pm.  As per current COVID-19 vaccination mandates, proof of double COVID-19 vaccination is required within our facility.