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I am deeply honored to be representing the United States as a Special Guest of the U.S. Embassy and United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman at this year’s Capital Pride. On Wednesday, August 20th at 5:00 PM I will be delivering the keynote speech at the Free to Learn + GLBT Conference. My talk, entitled “Free to Love . . . Free to Live!” plays off of this year’s festival theme and will feature my thoughts about the issues and challenges facing the transgender communities of Canada and the United States.

For more information please visit the official website of Capital Pride: http://capitalpride.ca/free-to-learn-glbt-conference-link-page/

And here: http://capitalpride.ca/festival/parade/parade-marshals/

In addition to this, I will also be speaking at the Human Rights Vigil at 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 21st. The Human Rights Vigil is an annual festival event that focuses on the LGBT human rights movement around the world, and is regularly attended by 100 members of the community, including members of Ottawa City Council and the Mayor, City of Ottawa community leaders, and members of the LGBT and allied communities. It will be held at the Human Rights Monument at the corner of Elgin and Lisgar in Ottawa and I will address the issue of transgender rights in the United States and around the world.