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#LOVESOCHI, Rally and Support WorldPride 2014 ~ To Russia With Love

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) February 06, 2014

WorldPride 2014 Toronto, presented by Pride Toronto launches the #LOVESOCHI action, and takes part in a local Toronto rally at the Russian consulate today. WorldPride 2014 Toronto continues to lend its voice to the chorus of those who stand up for LGBTTIQQ2SA (LGBTQ) Rights, because these rights are Human Rights.

#LOVESOCHI is a message of love and support to LGBTQ people in Russia and around the world who survive despite government oppression. To share your support, take a photo or video of hands making the heart symbol and share it with #LOVESOCHI hashtag on all social media. Visit the #LOVESOCHI action site for more details:

“We ask everyone to take a moment and actively share their love and support for the LGBTQ people of Russia during the Olympics and long after the last medal is awarded,” says Kevin Beaulieu, Executive Director, Pride Toronto. “In the face of hatred and intolerance, these courageous Russians rise up for love and freedom, and we rise up in support of them.”

Join the conversation around LGBTQ rights in Russia. Send love to the LGBTQ community through #LOVESOCHI. Join us at the Russian consulate TODAY, February 6, @ 6 p.m., 175 Bloor Street East, in a Rally for Global Human Rights and Equality.

“We want those who are outraged by Russia’s stance on LGBTQ rights to join us in common purpose,” says Sean Hillier, Co-Chair, Pride Toronto. We want people to share their collective anger at government bullying and take action either in person or on their social channels to show their support for those oppressed.”

Vladimir Putin’s aggressive conservative agenda in Russia has resulted in protests, and violent arrests. The mayor of Sochi asserts that there are no LGBTQ people in Sochi, an assertion we know to be untrue.

“Letting the LGBTQ population in Russia know that we have not forgotten their rights while the Olympics captivates the world is more important than what the Games themselves seek to accomplish,” says Dr. Shelley Craig, Co-Chair, Pride Toronto. “Higher, Faster, Stronger may be the Olympic motto, but it should also be the motto for those fighting against anti-gay oppression: Raise our voices higher, spread our message faster, demonstrate our pride is stronger.”

About WorldPride 2014 Toronto and Pride Toronto

WorldPride 2014 Toronto is an international celebration taking place from June 20 – 29, 2014 that incorporates activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities. WorldPride 2014 Toronto is presented by Pride Toronto, producer of Canada’s largest annual festival of LGBTTIQQ2SA* culture and human rights, under license from InterPride.

Pride Toronto is the not-for-profit organization that hosts the city’s Pride Festival, an annual event in downtown Toronto during the last week of June and one of the premier arts and cultural festivals in Canada. It is also one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world with an estimated attendance of over one million people. It celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities.

*LGBTTIQQ2SA is an abbreviation used to represent a broad array of identities such as, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, two-spirited, and allies.

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Jamie B. Lauries New Young Adult Romance Tackles Love, Self-acceptance

MONTREAL, Quebec (PRWEB) February 26, 2014

Author Jamie B. Laurie’s new young-adult (YA) romance novel, “The Big Summer” (published by iUniverse) frames a story of a young man’s struggle with his sexuality, applying the universal themes of love, friendship and self-acceptance.

“The Big Summer” has been selected for inclusion in the iUniverse Rising Star program, which recognizes excellence in writing and overall potential.

Will, the book’s protagonist, struggles with concealing his sexuality. Pushed to his breaking point by relentless bullying and an incident of public humiliation incited by his so-called friends, Will must choose to give up or make a change. He decides to embark on a journey of self-discovery. He leaves town and finds himself experiencing the ups and downs of first love, the value of true friendship and the true meaning of happiness.

“As a gay teen, I felt like there weren’t enough books that catered to my interests or made an effort to be relatable to me,” Laurie says. “I wrote a book I myself would have liked to have read when I was still struggling with my own sexuality.”

Laurie hopes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) readers will take away his message that love is love – regardless of whether it is between two people of the same sex or two people of opposite sexes. For non-LGBT readers, he hopes the parallels between his book and other YA romance novels will help them see “there is no big difference when it comes to an emotional relationship.”

“The Big Summer”

By Jamie B. Laurie

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 238 pages | ISBN 9781491721582

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 238 pages | ISBN 9781491721575

E-Book | 238 pages | ISBN 9781491721599

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Jamie B. Laurie is a young writer and poet whose work has been published in numerous collections, including a recent first-place finish in a national writing competition. He lives in Montreal, Canada, where he enjoys spending time with the people he loves, traveling and exploring the arts. ”The Big Summer” is his first novel.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.


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