As part of Trans Awareness Month, “Linked Oppressions” will be a week dedicated to the investigation of the various ways in which the issues of racism, homophobia, and transphobia intersect in our culture.
“Linked Oppressions” is open to the public and will be taking place on the U of T St George campus from Tuesday November 22nd – Monday November 28
The week’s events are as follows:
***Tuesday, November 22nd: ‘Paris is Burning’ Film Screening
Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African American, Latino, gay and transgender communities involved in it. ‘Paris Is Burning’ is considered to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America. Event will be from 6:15PM – 8:15PM in the William Doo Auditorium (45 Willcocks Street) located in the basement which is accesible by elevator. Subtitles will be available. Refreshments will be provided.
Trailer can be viewed at: http://www.videodetective.com/movies/trailers/paris-is-burning-trailer/1767
***Wednesday, November 23rd: Panel discussion, “Racism, Homophobia and Transphobia: Resistance and Community Building”
Speakers from the community will share their stories of resistance and speak to their struggles and how these are overcome to build a strong sense of community. A Q&A period will follow. Event will be from 6PM – 8PM at Wilson Lounge (40 Willcocks Street). The lounge is accessible by elevator through 30 Willcocks street and is located on the 2nd floor. And ASL interpreter will be present. Refreshments will be provided.
Rahim is a recent MSW graduate from UofT. He has worked in the HIV-sector for 4 years in various capacities including outreach, workshop delivery, program coordination, knowledge translation, working groups, and in resource development to meet the needs of gay/bisexual, newcomer and racialized MSM communities. At present, he is a Bathhouse Counsellor with the AIDS Committee of Toronto and a Sexual Health Counsellor (doing HIV-counselling and -testing) at Hassle Free Clinic. Rahim’s community development experience is embedded in his professional work but also extends to his involvement with the Ismaili Queers support/advocacy group and work on the Board of Salaam: The Queer Muslim Community. Rahim attended and presented at the Salaam Canada Conference held in Vancouver this past summer.
“ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company- is a queer positive multiracial dance company that embraces difference as strength, combats oppressive power structures by expressing their voices through dance, and operates from the grassroots as a collective through consensus. They are committed to representing LGBTTIQQ2S people, people of colour, people with varying body types, class backgrounds, and abilities on stage and in media, as well as providing accessible dance education to these communities. Utilizing both classical dance techniques and urban dance forms of Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, House, Vogue, Step, Latin, Contemporary, Modern, Wushu Kung Fu, and Dancing in Heels, ILL NANA creates dance works with a style all their own. These performers are fearlessly out and proud, sexy, masculine, feminine, and all that is in between, representing the super queeroe’s and real humans in all of us.” Jelani Ade-Lam Co-Founded ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company in 2007 with his Husband and best friends. Together they have performed at The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Gardiner Museum, and several PRIDE Toronto stages including Blockorama. Sze-Yang Ade-Lam has admiration for many movement languages including hip hop, wushu kung fu, vogueing, tai chi, capoeira, house, and waacking as they have all moved him. He is a proud co-founder, dancer, and choreographer for ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company a dance company that embraces difference as strength.
The Stud Magazine is an online based magazine founded in Toronto with an aim to redefine the terms ‘stud’ and introduce non gender conforming people to mainstream media.
***Thursday, November 24th:
Trans workshop put on by the 519 Church Street Community Centre focusing on issues surrounding identity, issues, and politics within the trans community. The workshop will be held from 3:30PM – PM in Sidney Smith Hall [100 St. George St.] in Room 2117.
The workshop will be followed by the “Words of Resistance: Gender, Gender Violence, and Transphobia” Open Mic Night and Potluck. Inspired by the Transgender Day of Remembrance and Sixteen Days Against Violence. Open to cisgender performers as well. Come perform your gender. You can do this through song, poetry, spoken word, ritual, make-up, costume, or a combination of these elements. Bring a dish for the potluck and come enjoy the performances and engage with these important and critical questions in a creative space. Event will be from 6PM – 8PM at the Centre for Women and Trans People. (563 Spadina Ave.) in room 100. For more information on this event please visit:
***Monday, November 28th: Trans Film Screening Series: Premiere “My Friend Brindley”
World premiere & launch of Alec Butler’s “My Friend Brindley”: an artistic and political doc about the life and times of Kathleen Brindley, community elder, Amazon biker, artist and human rights activist. Also, showcasing the works of 2spirit/intersex/trans artist Alec Butler, including: “Trans Cabaret”, “Darla’s Goodbye”, the animated “Misadventures of Pussyboy” trilogy and more. Explore art, history, activism, erotics, stories of gender queer/questioning youth and more. Artist Q&A will follow.@TRANSfilmseries. Event will be from 6:30PM – 8:30PM in the William Doo Auditorium (45 Willcocks Street) located in the basement which is accessible by elevator. Regrettably closed-caption/subtitles are not available.