Colours Care is an organization that celebrates and supports 2SLGBTQ+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans, Queer etc.) composers. Besides concerts Colours Care plans to provide scholarships to 2SLGBTQ+students of composition, and commissioned works of 2SLGBTQ+composers.

The Colours Care logo signifies many issues. The rainbow lettered “Colours” (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) signify 2SLGBTQ+pride. The word “Colours” also signifies political colours, skin colours, and ethnic colours, colours of your country, religion, faith or spirituality. The pink highlighted “Care” signifies that this organization cares about a 2SLGBTQ+issue. Through celebrating 2SLGBTQ+composers we care about an LGBT issue.

Too many times I have experienced arts/music and 2SLGBTQ+organizations that pretend to be safe and inclusive.  Colours Care sets a high standard of inclusivity and safety for all.

The Anti-harassment policy stated below is a starting pint for ensuring Colours Care is a safe and inclusive space. Respect is essential and in some instances needs clarification when common sense varies from person to person.  I included in the volunteer requirements a policy on “Serving Disabled Persons with Disabilities with Respect” and “Serving Trans People with Respect”.  Therefor we all can speak from the same page.

Peter Zanette
Founder, President and Artistic Director

Colours Care Anti Harassment Policy

Harassment is any improper behaviour by a person that is directed at and offensive to another person and which the person knew, or ought reasonably to have known, would be unwelcome. It comprises objectionable conduct, remarks, gestures and displays – made once or repeatedly – that demean, belittle, humiliate or embarrass another person. The term harassment in this policy includes but is not limited to the meaning given to it within the Ontario Human Rights Code, i.e. harassment on the basis of the following prohibited grounds of discrimination: race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, age, marital status, family status, disability, the receipt of public assistance, gender identity, gender expression. Refer to http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/ontario-human-rights-code

The Ontario Human Rights Code does not refer specifically to volunteers, but the Commission takes the position that the phrase “equal treatment with respect to employment” in section 5 can be interpreted to protect anyone in a work-like context. Refer to http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/iii-principles-and-concepts/5-whoprotected-work

Furthermore, Colours Care volunteers and members are responsible for contributing to the maintenance of a positive Colours Care experience by refraining from behaviour that constitutes harassment, as defined by this policy.