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Dare2Imagine Week 3 Recap!

Posted on June 22, 2020

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Week 3 was all about celebrating! Our community shared photos of who they were, who they love, and who they admire. Pride this year might be virtual, but the images this week were full of the 2SLGBTQ community spirit! Check them out below:

 

Day 15:

 

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On #day15 of our #Dare2Imagine #Pride challenge, we’re looking back on some of YouthLine’s favourite Prides! We were so honoured and delighted to be part of Pride days in many communities around Ontario. What was your first Pride like? If you haven’t had one yet, what do you hope it will look like? Tag us in your photos! #canqueer #pridemonth #pride🌈

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Day 16:

 

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It’s #Day16 of our #Dare2Imagine #30dayphotochallenge! This week’s theme is #celebration and today we want to #celebrate #JOY! We understand that JOY can feel hard when everything in the #world feels like it’s falling apart, so we want to encourage you to #connect with your #friends and #chosenfamily or talk to us! @LGBTYouthline is always here to talk about all the #feels related to questioning #gender/#sexuality, #relationships with #friends/#partners/#family, feeling socially isolated or just wanting to chat about what’s on your mind! #YouthLine offers #confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. ALT TEXT:
Illustration: A person sits holding a phone. Behind them is a phone with two texts. First reads “Hey. I want to chat to LGBT Youthline about how I can celebrate JOY when everything in the world feels like it’s falling apart.” Second reads “We are so proud of you for reaching out. Our Anonymous Peer Support Line for 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Ontario is available Sunday to Friday from 4 PM to 9:30 PM. Let’s chat online at www.youthline.ca or text 647-694-4275!”

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Day 17:

 

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On #day17 of our #Dare2Imagine #30dayphotochallenge, we want to share some of our favourite #2SLGBTQ+ #performers. Keep #celebrating this week and #celebrate these incredible talents. We want to acknowledge that we mixed up yesterdays prompt with todays; we were so excited about joy it took over our social media ;). Check out: @ryanghinds | @illnanadcdc | @daintysmith | #YolandaBonnell | @midnight.wolverine | @blackquantumfuturism | @blossom.leontsai Share a story and tag us to tell us about a #queerperformer you enjoy to watch! ALT TEXT: First image reads dare to imagine a few of our favourite 2SLGBTQ+ performers >>> with a photo of Ryan G Hinds placed behind it on a teal background with pink gradients. Second photo is of Leon Tsai and Illnana Diverse City Dance Crew on the same b/g. Third photo is Dainty Smith and Yolanda Bonell on the same b/g. Last image is Midnight Wolverine and Black Quantum Futurism on the same b/g.

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On March 7, we hosted our 25th Anniversary closing – The Lesque is Drag. It was an evening of celebration and joy alongside our many alum, supporters, Provincial Youth Ambassadors, and volunteers. We wanted to showcase some of the great artists from that night. You can find all the pictures at the link in Bio.

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Day 18:

 

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It’s #day18 of our #Dare2Imagine #30dayphotochallenge. Let’s keep #celebrating and #celebrate our #trueselves today! Embracing your #trueself radiates a natural beauty that cannot be diluted or ignored. #Confident, #powerful, #untamable, #badass #YOU! Share a story to tell us what your true self looks like and tag us! ALT TEXT: Illustration: A black woman in an orange shirt is infront of a mirror making the OK sign with one hand and holding sunglasses up to her face with the other. The mirror shows her reflection. Above her are the words “#Dare2Imagine Your Truest Self”. The b/g is pink with a blue circle in the center.

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Day 19:

 

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#TGIF – We made it to the third friday of our #dare2imagine #30dayphotochallenge: #Day19! In staying with this week’s theme, today we want to #celebrate our #volunteers who have continued to support other #2SLGBTQ+ #youth across #Ontario; our #supporters and #donors who make it possible to continue to be here. We are still fundraising and have just passed the 40% mark of our goal – you can support our work at youthline.ca/donate. Comment below the people in your life that you love and appreciate! First image – Illustration: A person sitting in a wheelchair with a headset on, a black woman sitting and on the phone, a black boy laying on thier back and on the phone and a woman in a hijab, standing, holding a cane, and also on the phone, are dispersed around the image. The b/g is pink littered with various white shapes. A pink heart sits in the top right corner. Infront of it is the dare2imagine logo with white text underneath that reads “Loving our Volunteers”. Second image – Illustration: Two women, one black, are highfiving in an office space. The b/g is grey littered with various light blue shapes. In the top right corner sits the YL BFF logo. In the bottom left corner sits a pink heart. Infront of it is the dare2imagine logo with white text underneath it that reads “Loving our Supporters & Donators”. Third image – Illustration: A donut chart marks 40% in pink and the rest in black. In the donut hole is a large pink heart at 80% opacity. In front of the heart is white text that reads “We have just passed the 40% mark towards our fundraising goals youthline.ca/donate”. The b/g is orange littered with various light yellow shapes.

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Day 20:

 

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It’s #Day20 of our #Dare2Imagine #30dayphotochallenge! As we continue #celebrating this week, we want to #celebrate what folks enjoy about #summer! One of our favourite things about summer folks of all body types wearing clothes that make them feel the most confortable and fabulour! Retweet this with why you love the summer! #pride #canqueer

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Day 21:

 

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On #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we celebrate Two-spirit people and all they bring to their cultures and the fabric of 2SLGBTQ community on Turtle Island and beyond! We recognize and remember the many deaths of Indigenous people as a cause of state-sanctioned violence. We encourage 2SLGBTQ Indigenous youth to reach out to us if you need support or even just want to chat. More than half of the Indigenous youth in our 2020 needs assessment told us that they don’t feel a sense of community, needing more peer spaces to connect with other Indigenous 2SLGBTQ youth, and spaces that respect and celebrate their cultural identities. Two-Spirit youth deserve to be recognized and celebrated for who they are. See the full needs assessment and our YouthOrganize resource on learning more about Indigenous communities at youthline.ca/publications. #Dare2Imagine #Day21

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Our PYAP team is also following the challenge – check out their amazing images too:

Day 15:

 

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On #day15 of our #dare2imagine #30dayphotochallenge we are starting #week3 To start off we are looking back on the #prides our past YA’s attended and enjoyed. What did your first #pride look like? Or your favourite #summerfestival Share in your stories and don’t forget to tag us and @lgbtyouthline

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Day 16:

 

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Today is #day16 of #dare2imagine our #30dayphotochallenge today we are celebrating some of our favourite #Queer #2SLGBTQ performers. | Leon Tsai @blossom.leontsai | Void @gayhomersimpson | Beeta Sendjani | Robbie Ahmed | ZacKey Lime @keylimekingto | Who are your favourite #2SLGBTQ performers? Share with us in your story and tag @lgbtyouthline

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Day 17:

 

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In #Day17 of our #Dare2Imagine #photochallenge we are celebrating #Joy We’ve picked some photos that are of us and the people and things we #love showing joy Right now it can be hard to focus on the moments that make us #smile and give us #joy but every darkest night needs a #dawn and we will get there! If you’re feeling #overwhelmed we want to encourage you to reach out and #connect with #family/#friends/#partners or us! @LGBTYouthline is always there to talk about the #feels related to questioning gender/sexuality and relationships and offers #confidential non-judgemental peer support through telephone, text and chat services. Please share what makes you feel #Joy in your story and tag us! @blossom.leontsai | @kkattyshack | @monsterzask | @hayley.louise15 | @iwnrgu | @noxy_boi | @weitao_zhou | @preezilla | @teddy_syrette

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Day 18:

 

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Today is #day18 of our #Dare2Imagine #challenge Today is all about #YOU! and your #truestself whether that’s when you’re with #pets #family or doing something you #love let’s #celebrate being #truetoself Share with us pictures of YOUR #trueself in your story @lgbtyouthline

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Day 19:

 

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Today on #day19 of our #dare2imagine #photochallenge we are a little late, but still excited to #celebrate our previous #YAs who did so much wonderful #work over the course of the last year supporting #2SLGBTQ #Youth across #Ontario We hope they continue to #shine and keep pursuing their visions, @noxy_boi | @kkattyshack | @weitao_zhou | @iwnrgu | @dragsahiraq | @monsterzask | @shivanienm | @blossom.leontsai #Share with us who you #love and #support

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Day 20:

 

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Happy Summer Solstice 🌻🌴 Today is #day20 of our #dare2imagine challenge, and we are #celebrating #summer Last year our YAs got to attend all kinds of #summerevents This summer can seem hard to #celebrate with everything that’s going on but reminding ourselves what we #love about summer can help it go by

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Day 21:

 

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Today is #indigenouspeoplesday and we are celebrating two-spirit people and all that they bring to their cultures and communities both on Turtle Island and beyond! We recognize and remember the many deaths of indigenous people that have been caused by state sanctioned violence. More than half of the Indigenous youth in our 2019-2020 needs assessment told us that they needed more peer spaces to connect with other indigenous 2SLGBTQ youth, as well as spaces that celebrate their cultural identities. More than half of these indigenous youth who responded told us they don’t feel a sense of community. Two-Spirit youth deserve to be recognized and celebrated for who they are. #Dare2Imagine #day21 #2SLGBTQ #youth

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In our last week, we’re focusing on 2SLGBTQ activism and history. Pride comes with a big history, and we need to know where we come from to know where we are going. Stay tuned this week and don’t forget to upload your images to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #Dare2Imagine and tag @lgbtyouthline! We’ll be pulling together some of our favourite images from this month in next week’s recap!

 

While our Pride photo challenge has been the main focus of this month, we’re also trying to hit our campaign goal of $50,000! We’re just about at 50% of our goal – can you help us get there? Donate here

 

We hope you’re staying safe and having a happy Pride!

 

XO, LGBT YouthLine