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Friday, 28 November 2014 16:25

Lambda Newsflashes

Lambda is very proud to announce our latest research award winners, including the first ever Grant Halle Lambda Award at Laurentian University. The winner is Kirby Johnson, a Masters student in Human Kinetics. At Carleton University, two PhD students are sharing our newly named Gary Sealey Friends of Lambda Award: Melanie Rickert in Sociology and Charlotte Hoelke in Canadian Studies. Melanie won the Lambda award as an MA student a couple of years ago for her project on the LGBTI community in St. Petersburg, Russia and will continue to focus on that country and its queer communities. Charlotte is researching  the ways in which Indigenous erotic arts engage in decolonization efforts by voicing  their own  perspectives and views of sexuality and gender, and envisioning new Indigenized futures free of subjugation and assimilation.  She is also interested in how Indigenous erotica can be used as a teaching tool, and as a catalyst to foster much-needed conversations between scholars of Indigenous Studies and Queer Theory. At the University of New Brunswick, the current winner of the Christian Landry Memorial Award is Amanda Jardine, a queer activist, writer and PhD student, who is examining representations of queer women in popular television, film and online media. We will have more details about our winners’ projects as they come in so watch for updates on this web site, our FB page, Twitter and Reddit.

Lambda’s awards for excellent research and writing have been endowed with the purpose of supporting education in human rights, specifically on sexual orientation and gender identity. Our winners will become the professors, teachers, writers, film makers, health care professionals, international workers, lawyers, etc. who will bring an enlightened view of LGBTI issues to their colleagues, clients/students and audiences in their respective fields. Our awards also foster a more LGBTI-supportive atmosphere at our nine host universities.


Lambda has a new name: Lambda Scholarship Foundation Canada. We changed it because potential donors sometimes confused our previous name, Lambda Literary and Scholarship Foundation, with the Lambda Literary Foundation in the United States. We will still be known to you, in short form, as Lambda Foundation/Fondation Lambda. We have retained our charitable status as well. That means we still issue tax receipts for donations. See the Donate Tab at the top of this home page. Any time is a good time to donate to Lambda! Thank you!

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 March 2015 18:54
A New Lambda Award for Laurentian Students PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 February 2014 22:05

Grant Halle


Graduate and undergraduate students at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario now have their own LGBTI award  - the Grant Halle Lambda Foundation Award – the first of our university endowments in Northern Ontario. The presence of such an award is a great way to help counter the remaining elements of a chilly climate for LGBTI students and staff at Laurentian, as documented in a 2012 survey by the campus-wide Sexuality and Diversity Committee. At that point, the atmosphere at Laurentian was getting better for some LGBTI people, but there was still a way to go to make everyone feel welcome. This new award will help by encouraging Laurentian students to openly tackle LGBTI issues in their studies and their professors to support their efforts.

The endowment is now valued at over $17,000 dollars, including the interest on its investment. The major donor, Grant Halle (pictured here) has contributed over $13,600 to the endowment to date from his own antiques business, Lambda has contributed another $2,000, while the Development Office at Laurentian helped raise another $1,000 from staff contributions. We will keep building the endowment over the next few years until the annual award is worth at least $1000. Here is the official award description:

The Grant Halle Lambda Foundation Award

For excellence in graduate or undergraduate research or applied projects in English or French in any academic or professional field that engenders greater knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited (in indigenous peoples), transgender, or intersex individuals and populations in all their diversities, especially in, but not limited to, northern Canada. The award is open to all qualifying students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, on the recommendation of their academic or professional programs.

Bourse Grant Halle de la Fondation Lambda

Cette bourse est décernée à un membre de la population étudiante, peu importe l’orientation ou l’identité sexuelle. Elle a pour but de favoriser à tous les cycles l’excellence en recherche ou dans les projets appliqués, en anglais ou en français, dans n’importe quel domaine savant ou professionnel qui favorise les connaissances touchant les personnes ou populations lesbiennes, gaies, bisexuelles, bispirituelles (chez les Autochtones), transgenres ou intersexuelles et de toute leur hétérogénéité, qui vivent surtout dans le nord du Canada. Les candidats doivent recevoir une recommandation de la personne responsable de leur programme d’études.

Lambda is very grateful to Grant Halle for his generosity in establishing this award. For their support we also thank Laurentian's president, Dominic Giroux; Prof. Joël Dickinson, who is co-chair of the Sexuality and Diversity Committee on campus; Stephanie Corrigan, the manager of the university’s Acquisition Program and her staff; and Sarah Gatza, Chris Grimard and other members of the Pride Centre for their help in getting the word out on campus for the Grant Halle Lambda Foundation Award.

You can throw your support behind Grant Halle and the campus team by clicking on the Donate button at the top of our homepage. You can donate to Lambda Foundation through CanadaHelps or by sending us a cheque. Thank you so much!

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 19:25
LaViolette Prize Winner at Ottawa U Investigates LGBT Rights in the Caribbean. PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 September 2012 21:31


Cailey Dover in Saint François, Guadeloupe

Cailey Dover in Saint François, Guadeloupe


Cailey Dover, who is investigating the history and progress of LGBT rights in Guadeloupe and Jamaica, is the first person to win the Lambda award at Ottawa U since it was renamed in the Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize last year. Cailey is a graduate student in Political Science with a specialization in Women’s Studies. For her Master’s thesis research, she is carrying out a comparative examination of the legal and other colonial traditions in Jamaica (English common law) and Guadeloupe (French civil law), and the different impacts they have had on LGBT peoples, their rights and their activism in those two countries. There is still very little academic research on LGBT rights in the Caribbean and this thesis will be among the pioneer student contributions to this field.

Aside from her research interests, Cailey has been active in the LGBT community in Ottawa. She is a member of Amnesty International and helped organize the Capital Pride human rights vigil in 2013, among other activities.

Professor Nicole LaViolette

The Lambda Foundation renamed its award at Ottawa U to honour one of our first prize winners at that institution, Professor Nicole LaViolette of the Faculty of Law (pictured above), who has since become an internationally renowned scholar, as well as a local activist, in LGBT refugee rights. The new name also honours the many Friends of Lambda, who established and sustained the original endowment.

Lambda is conducting an ongoing campaign to increase the endowment of this award, which we hope you will support. Please go to the How to Donate tab at the top of this home page.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 18:51
Congratulations -- twice -- to our former president, Gary Sealey PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:20

The Gary Sealey Friends of Lambda Prize Honours Our Former PresidentThe Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, has announced that Gary Sealey, our former president, is a 2014 recipient of the Order of Ottawa, a special honour for local citizens who have made outstanding contributions to life in the city in many areas. Congratulations, Gary! We are very proud of you.

The Lambda Board of Directors recently renamed our award at Carleton University in Ottawa the Gary Sealey Friends of Lambda Award in honour of Gary and the many Friends of Lambda who helped establish and sustain this Foundation. Gary and his associates put many hours into converting Lambda from a 1980s gay business association to a scholarship foundation that has established nine university research awards to date, plus a Lambda youth leadership award at a high school on the west coast. Over all those years, Gary was ever-present with Lambda in one capacity or another, most recently as the president of the Foundation until he retired from the board two years ago. He is pictured here cutting our 25 anniversary cake in 2010.

Gary is a visionary with a great talent for making contacts and networking with individuals and human rights groups across the country – building bridges, he likes to call it -- and was particularly adept at persuading generous donors to establish or contribute to one or more of our Lambda awards. Our Carleton University endowment regularly pays out an annual Lambda award worth over $2,000 for a deserving graduate student engaged in excellent research on LGBTI rights and related issues, thanks to Gary and Friends.

In line with Gary’s preferences, and growing trends in both LGBTI scholarship and human rights activism, we have updated the criteria for this award, starting in the current academic year.  Preference will be given to research proposals concerning on the fight for LGBTI rights and issues overseas while, at the same time, projects that focus on Canada will  always be welcome.  The bottom line will be the academic excellence of the winning research proposal.  The new description of the Gary Sealey Friends of Lambda Award can be found at the Lambda university endowments link on our website:

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 19:13
Introducing the latest member of our Lambda team. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:04 Morris IV is very excited to start working with the Lambda Foundation as the Social Media Coordinator volunteer. He hails from Nova Scotia, grew up in Kuwait and Pennsylvania, and currently calls Montreal home. He graduated from McGill University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, sociology, and sexual diversity studies. As an undergrad, Jefferson was involved with LGBTI issues, student support programs, and event-planning and promotion. He hopes to dedicate his career to improving the lives of minority groups, particularly queer ones. Welcome, Jefferson!


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 21:12
U of Manitoba award winner examines enforced gender identity norms on intersex people PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 29 March 2014 00:02

Congratulations to Katelyn Dykstra Dykerman, a second-year PhD student in the Department of English, Film, and Theatre at The University of Manitoba and the current winner of Lambda’s Les McAfee Memorial Award. She tells us: “My current research engages questions regarding the eugenic treatment of LGBTI+ peoples but instead of focusing on historical eugenics, as I have done in my previous research, I discuss current debates regarding LGBTI+ people in the realm of genetics. I focus particularly on contemporary debates surrounding the medical treatment of intersex conditions and how these treatments can and do mirror the exclusionary practices of historical eugenics in an effort to construct clear, and normalized, bodily categories of sex, gender, and sexuality.”

U of Manitoba award winner examines enforced gender identity norms on intersex people

Katelyn is a member of the Queer Biopolitics research cluster at the Institute for the Humanities, as well as a casual contributor to Notches: (Re)marks on the History of Sexuality Blog. She is also actively involved in graduate student politics both at the departmental and larger institutional level. Her research interests include queer theory, biopolitics, and early 20th century literature.

U de M. Lambda winner investigates gay-bashing on YouTube


Laurent Pineault, maîtrise, Études cinématographiques; Master’s student in film studies; Université de Montréal.


The World's Worst Place to Be Gay: les vidéos de “gay-bashing”, des sites d'extrême-droite à YouTube.

La recherche portera sur la montée des vidéos de “gay-bashing” depuis 2011. Il s'agira de situer cette montée dans un contexte politique de retour de lois anti-gay dans les pays d'où proviennent les vidéos étudiées et par rapport aux différentes théories anthropologiques et socio-historiques concernant les sources et motivations derrière les actes de violence homophobe. Le corpus se composera de trois vidéos venant de Russie (“Putin's Crackdown on LGBT Teens in Russia”), de Libye (“Gay Torture and Violence in Libya”) et Ouganda (“African Man Burned to Death”). L'analyse du corpus se fera en trois temps : d'abord l'analyse de la forme et du contenu des vidéos en tant que tels, ensuite, l'analyse de leur circulation et des différents utilisateurs qui distribuent les vidéos en ligne, et, finalement, l'analyse de leur réception en portant attention aux commentaires d'autres utilisateurs. Je tenterai de montrer comment les vidéos de “gay-bashing” effectuent une rupture par rapport à une vision de YouTube et autres média sociaux comme libérateurs et comme lieux d'expression de soi (particulierement pour les membres des communautés LGBT) en les transformant en lieux d'une humiliation triplée par l'enregistrement de l'humiliation physique et sa diffusion sur le web. J'essaierai ensuite de voir comment la circulation et la redistribution de ces vidéos par different groupes et utilisateurs les instrumentalisent selon divers agendas politiques et idéologiques, pour finalement me questionner, en m'inspirant du “triangle de l'humiliation” theorique de Donald Klein, sur le rôle ambivalent du témoin (physique ou virtuel) dont la présence est nécessaire pour qu'il y ait humiliation. La présente recherche sera également l'occasion de développer des outils théoriques et méthodologiques propres aux nouveaux médias et aux formes et contenus inédits qui s'y déploient.


This research will focus on the rise of gay-bashing videos since 2011. It will situate this rise in the political context of anti-gay laws in the countries where the videos I study originate, and also study the increase in relation to different anthropological and socio-historical theories concerning the sources and motivations behind acts of homophobic violence. The research corpus will consist of three videos from Russia (“Putin's Crackdown on LGBT Teens in Russia”), Libya (“Gay Torture and Violence in Libya”), and Uganda (“African Man Burned to Death”). The analysis will be performed in three stages: first, studying the form and content of the videos as such; then, analyzing their circulation and the different users that distribute these videos online; and finally, examining their reception through paying attention to comments from other users. I will attempt to show how the gay-bashing videos effect a break from the concept that YouTube and other social media platforms are liberators and places for self-expression (particularly for members of the LGBT communities) by transforming these sites into places of humiliation, tripled by recording physical humiliation and then spreading it over the Internet. I will then try to see how the circulation and redistribution of these videos by different groups and users are exploiting them according to various political and ideological agendas. Then, inspired by theorist Donald Klein's “triangle of humiliation”, I will analyze the ambivalent role of the witness (physical or virtual) whose presence is necessary for one to be humiliated. This research will also be used to develop theoretical and methodological tools pertinent to new media and to the forms and new content that deploy it.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 23:37
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