ProudPolitics believes that the best path toward greater awareness of the LGBTIQ+ community in Canada, is to have more viable, inspirational, and competent openly LGBTIQ+ leaders, of all political stripes, serving the public through elected office, and on public boards, commissions, and agencies. ProudPolitics envisions these leaders championing greater inclusion from across the political spectrum.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
We believe that public LGBT role models can provide underserved LGBTIQ+ communities with hope and inspiration that they too can be proud of their identities and become inspirational leaders. These same community leaders have the potential to be the strongest allies in achieving greater equality & inclusion.
We believe that the fight isn’t over. Despite statutory rights and electoral achievements, LGBTIQ+ citizens still face many implicit barriers to participate in Canada’s democracy.
We believe that there is unmet potential. Support and resources for LGBTIQ+ leaders are often exclusive, uncoordinated, and focused on advocacy. The diversity of political beliefs and unmet potential within the LGBTIQ+ community, therefore, is often not recognized and addressed.
WHAT IS PROUDPOLITICS ALL ABOUT?
ProudPolitics aims to become the centralized voice and non-partisan hub of support for emergent Canadian LGBTIQ+ leaders in their pursuit of public service.
Our mission is to diversify the face and voice of Canada’s politics by helping openly LGBTIQ+ leaders realize their potential to serve and win elections to all orders of government through candidate support, fundraising, networking, and outreach.
HOW DO WE AIM TO DO THAT?
ProudPolitics’ approach to building leaders is built upon 3 strategic pillars:
To Build Capacity & Incubate
ProudPolitics aims to build and support leaders and potential candidates through various programs:
Out To Win – a training program focused on providing LGBTIQ+ and ally campaigns and candidates with the support needed to realize their potential, stand proud with their identity, effectively share their ideas to their constituents, and confidently run for public office
ProudVoices – a program to develop qualified spokespersons whom are able to speak about LGBTIQ+ issues in the media
Proud on Board – Identify and support the appointment of LGBTIQ+ leaders to public agencies and other statutory boards or bodies
To Aggregate, Share & Spread
Foster a diverse network of politically-minded Canadian LGBTIQ+ citizens to aggregate political resources, ideas, and experiences in the LGBT community
Annual ProudPolitics Conference - we aim to host the biggest multi-partisan LGBTIQ+ political conference in Canada
Town Hall Discussions - grassroots discussion panels & debates within communities across Canada,
Networking Mixers – faciltiate networking of the politically minded LGBTIQ+ community
LGBT Political Network – help create and foster a powerful network of politically-minded LGBTIQ+ donors and leaders.
To Celebrate & Nurture
Create a positive image about the roles and celebrate the achievements of LGBTIQ+ leaders in order to eliminate barriers for participation in public service.
#LGBTpoli – #1 News Source for Canadian LGBTIQ+ politics
ProudWatch - respond to groups or media who attack or question an LGBTIQ+ official, candidate, or emergent leader's viability and leadership based on their sexual identity
Spotlight! - interview and highlight the stories, thoughts, and achievements of elected LGBTIQ+ officials in Canada