New Brunswick Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission to sponsor free public lecture (09/04/08)

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April 8, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A free public lecture sponsored by the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission and the University of New Brunswick (UNB) faculty of law will be held on Thursday, April 16. Guest speaker Rev. Brent Hawkes will give a lecture entitled Journey to Equality, at 7 p.m. at the UNB law school, 41 Dineen Dr., Fredericton.

Hawkes officiated at the world's first legal same-sex marriages in 2001. He will speak of his personal and spiritual struggle growing up gay in rural New Brunswick, linking it to self-discovery, political activism and his historic role with respect to same-sex marriage. Karen Pearlston, a UNB law professor, will speak of the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Canada. This will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

In addition to the lecture, Hawkes will be a keynote speaker at a one-day seminar, Creating Allies for Gay Youth: A Day of Information, Reflection and Dialogue, on Friday, April 17, at the New Brunswick Teachers' Federation building, 650 Montgomery St., Fredericton. The registration fee is $25, and includes on-site lunch, nutrition breaks and more.

More information is available at on the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission website.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-3207.