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Pushing Back! Gay Gaming Researcher wins the Christian Landry Lambda Award at UNB! PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 February 2014 21:51

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Nathan Thompson is a PhD student at the University of New Brunswick in Sociology and the latest winner of the Christian Landry Award there. Nathan's PhD research uses critical ethnography to investigate "gaymer" (gay+gamer) groups emerging within larger mainstream video gaming communities. Research on gaming suggests that video gaming communities are often overtly and violently homophobic. The emergence of "gaymer" groups are a push back to the larger homophobic gaming community in an effort to create more visibility, acceptance, and content for LGBTQ gamers. His research is interested in the practices of the LGBTQ gamers within the space of the game as well as the importance of the "gaymer" groups as place of acceptance and belonging for LGBTQ people.


Nathan transferred to UNB from the University of Toronto where he completed his Master's and part of his PhD with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (SDS). Working with SDS he helped organize an international LGBTQ networking conference in partnership with the Centre for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at City University of New York. He also began teaching courses in SDS and brought that experience with him to UNB where he introduced a course in sexuality studies.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 22:03
Welcome to Lambda Foundation! PDF Print E-mail

Lambda Foundation is a registered Canadian Charity with the special mission of creating scholarships, awards, and bursaries in support of lesbian, gay,,bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) research, education and awareness towards the advancement of equality and human rights.

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Law Scholarship (Friends of Lambda) PDF Print E-mail

The University of Saskatchewan, College of Law offers the Foster Prize in Human Rights as part of its undergraduate scholarship program.

Initiated by Dr. John W. Foster - a Friend of Lambda - the scholarship has a value of $500. and is offered annually to students pursuing an LL.B. who have completed one of the following courses in human rights in the last regular session:

a) Sallows Human Rights Seminar (Law 433.3) or; 

b) Human Rights (Law 432.3).

Our West Coast News PDF Print E-mail

UVic's Award Winner Writes About Mixed-Race Identities and Gay Beauty Standards

Lukas Bhandar, the latest winner of the Lambda's award at the University of Victoria, is halfway through an undergraduate degree in Writing and Gender Studies, with a minor in Journalism.


Lukas Bhandar Winner of the Lambda Foundation’s award


Lukas focuses on both fiction and nonfiction writing, with the goal of introducing more queer narratives and voices—both his own and those of others —to the Canadian literary scene. His most recent essay is forthcoming in Plenitude Magazine and explores body hair, mixed-race identities, and gay beauty standards. He is pictured here with Pat McKenna, the partner of the late Candis Graham. Pat is the founder of our Candis Graham Writing Scholarship and among the generous donors who built this endowment.

Lukas is involved with several organizations on the UVic campus. In September 2013 he started an internship as an editor with the Malahat Review, the Canadian and international literary journal based at UVic. In November, he became the Financial Coordinator for the university's Pride Collective, where he has been a volunteer for over a year and a half. He hopes to work with both the Malahat and the Pride Collective until he graduates.

Joy Fisher, the winner of the 2012 Candis Graham Award, has written a tribute to Graham. Joy has completed the undergraduate creative writing program with a concentration in creative non-fiction, play-writing and screenwriting. Much of her creative non-fiction explores LGBT and diversity issues. Graham was a mentor to many aspiring writers, straight and LGBT alike.  Joy's article appeared in Plenitude Magazine.

Plenitude is edited by a former Graham Award winner, Andrea Routley. She writes: "Plenitude Magazine aims to promote the growth and development of LGBTQ literature through a biannual publication of literary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic narrative and short film by both emerging and established LGBTQ writers. Plenitude aims to complicate expressions of queerness through the publication of diverse, sophisticated literary writing, graphic narrative and short film, from the very subtle to the brash and unrelenting."

Our first even Candis Graham Award winner, Arleen Paré of Victoria, has had much success in her writing career. Arlene will be on tour across Canada this spring with her latest book of poetry, Lake of Two Mountains. Her previous books are Paper Trails and Leaving Now. Look for Arleen at Open Space in Victoria on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the company of other fine writers. She will also be reading in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg,  Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal. For more information on where and when,  go to


Our West Coast High School Winners - Jack Hallam Human Rights Awards for 2013

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We have two new Lambda winners at Gulf Islands Secondary School, Salt Spring Island, BC. Bailey Dalton and Brooke Middleton.  Both of them have been very active in the school's gay-straight alliance, and have organized and participated in a number of activities at the school and in the community to help LGBTI students feel at home, and heterosexual students to become their allies. Congratulations to Bailey and Brooke! You two are an inspiration to us all.


OUR DONOR: Jack Hallam

Jack Hallam, a resident of Salt Spring Island, BC, is Lambda's pioneer in sponsoring human rights awards in high schools. Through his generous donation to Lambda, we were able to set up two such awards at Gulf Islands Secondary School on the island. These $1000 awards foster and reward youth who establish gay/straight alliances, foster anti-bullying initiatives and take positive action against racism and other forms of discrimination. We at Lambda hope to  establish similar awards in other Canadian  secondary schools with donations from people like you who care about our youth - just like Jack Hallam does.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 00:04
Lambda Facts PDF Print E-mail
  • Lambda is a national Registered Charity with scholarships on Canadian university campuses from coast to coast
    • the value of Lambda endowments on Canadian university campuses has reached approximately a quarter of a million dollars
    • thousands of dollars are disbursed annually to scholarship recipients
Lambda T-Shirts Available! PDF Print E-mail


Make a donation to Lambda of $100.00 or more and receive a Lambda T-Shirt of your choice.

The white short-sleeve style with lavender text comes in sizes XL, L, and M (100% cotton).

Donations can be made directly to the Foundation by contacting us at:

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