Woman keen to aid LGBTQ in Dauphin – Manitoba News

Woman keen to aid LGBTQ in Dauphin – Manitoba News

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Terra Matthews, who started a LGBTQ support group in Dauphin, poses with a sign promoting the group and a pair of puppets, supporters of the new collective providing a safe space for people a part of a sexual or gender minority.

A LGBTQ support group has started in Dauphin after a woman heard local youth who identify with a sexual minority were inflicting self-harm.

“I wanted to do something, we wanted to do something at the DFC (Dauphin Friendship Centre) because we’re so passionate about youth,” said Terra Matthews, an indigenous two-spirited woman living in Dauphin, who works as an administrative assistant with DFC.

Support groups for LGBTQ individuals are rare in rural communities, though some area schools have picked up the slack in starting gay-straight alliances.

In Manitoba, only Winnipeg and Brandon offer year-round programming to members of the LGBTQ community, outside of schools and post-secondary institutions.

Jason Fiedler, LGBT program facilitator at the Sexuality Education Resource Centre in Brandon, said this was the only rural group he knew about in Westman — though a collective in Boissevain was in the planning stages the last he…

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