LGBT organization Out on Screen to receive City of Vancouver Award of Excellence for diversity and inclusion

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      On the same day that Trumps' sons are visiting the city to open Trump Tower, the City of Vancouver will be celebrating some of its most exceptional citizens and organizations, some of whom devote themselves to social progress that Trump has spoken out against.

      The City of Vancouver's Awards of Excellence Ceremony will be held tonight (February 28) at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

      The awards recognize individuals, groups, and organizations in five categories: accessible city, greenest city leadership, civic volunteer, diversity and inclusion, and healthy city for all.

      Out on Screen announced in a news release that it will be receiving an award for excellence in diversity and inclusion.

      This LGBT organization runs the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and the Out in Schools program, which takes LGBT films to schools across the province to talk with students about issues such as homophobia, bullying, and more.

      “This award coming to a queer organization is very relevant right now,” OOS executive director Stephanie Goodwin stated in a news release. “We cannot ignore the violence and challenges our communities, particularly queer communities of colour, face every day here at home and outside our borders.”

      Previous winners in this category include Pacific Immigrant Resources Society, Qmunity, and Vancouver Street Soccer League.

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