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Q21: A Conversation Cafe – Exploring Disability & LGBTQ+ Identity at U of T

January 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Do queer, trans, and disabled students have to hide, disguise, or marginalize parts of themselves to be “normal” and succeed at U of T? What is “normal” anyway? And how do can we problematize our conceptions of the word? For many of us, we are in part defined by our relationship to what is “normal” – in our bodies, in our minds, and in our sexual and gender identities. How does this impact our lives at U of T?

Join us for an engaging discussion on what it means to be queer and/or trans as well as disabled – both visible or invisible:

– What are the ways in which disability intersects with gender & sexual identities for students at U of T?
– What are our everyday experiences of inclusion and exclusion as U of T community members – both in and out of queer & trans communities?
– How do we re-enact oppression in our safe spaces? What is said and unsaid to reinforce normality for the “non-normal”?
– What strategies do we use to cope and adapt to inclusion and exclusion? Where do we still need support?

We are excited to welcome Rahul Bhat and Rouya Botlani from U of T’s Accessibility Services to facilitate this conversation!

Q21: A Conversation Café is your weekly opportunity to connect with students and guest facilitators about the topics on our minds. Q21 will take place every Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Each week will have a theme and a new guest facilitator.

Be part of the discussion.
Eat the snacks.

LOCATION: Room 421 (Lounge), 21 Sussex Avenue

Find out more about Q21 and see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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January 25
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Sexual & Gender Diversity Office


21 Sussex Avenue, Room 421
21 Sussex Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5S1J6 Canada
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