Breaking the Silence

Who We Are

The Breaking the Silence Working Group is made up of members and allies of the LGBTQ2+ community.  Members represent organizations who serve LGBTQ2+ persons specifically and organizations who serve the community more broadly.

In November 2014, a forum was held in Waterloo Region entitled, “Breaking the Silence on Hidden Violence.”  Seventy-five people attended the event to discuss hate crimes and violence against the LGBTQ2+ community in the Region.  Over the course of the next year, a Report was produced that summarized what took place at the forum, and the Breaking the Silence Working Group emerged to take concrete action.

Based on the consultation and recommendations from the ongoing Breaking the Silence community events, the working group identified three complementary areas to focus their work:

  • Safe Spaces (work, faith, school, public space, private business, etc.)
  • The role of Allies and Champions
  • Safety with police (reporting, interactions, etc.)