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Q21: A Conversation Café – Coming Out

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


– Is there a good time to come out? Should you come out at all?
– How is your coming out story complicated by your racial, sexual and gender identities?
– What roles do culture and religion play?
– When does coming out end?

In light of National Coming Out Day on October 11th, we will be focussing on what coming out means to all of us at this week’s Q21. We will discuss the need to come out and whether or not coming out is necessary for all of us. We will talk about how we decide who to come out to and what happens after coming out. We will explore how intersectionality affects the coming out process and how, especially for people of colour, coming out can be more complex and difficult.

We are excited to welcome Praney and Rohith, from the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP), to facilitate this week’s Q21 discussion. Find out more about their work below and join the conversation this Thursday, October 12 at 3 pm!


Praney Anand
(pronouns: he/him)
Praney Anand is the Men’s Outreach Coordinator at ASAAP. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies and is a certified sex educator from San Francisco Sex Information and a certified somatic therapist from the Institute of Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco. Praney has previously worked as a counsellor in private practice and in queer men’s health research. He has worked considerably with racialized LGBTQ+ communities in assisting to bridge the unique identities of being racialized and LGBTQ+. His style of work focuses on resilience, beliefs, spirituality, self- acceptance, emotional, and mental well-being.


Rohith Suresh
(pronouns: he/him)
He is the Men’s Sexual Health Coordinator as part of the prevention and education team at Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) . He’s been in this role for 4 month, prior to which he was the Peer Educator where he facilitated the Lassi group which is a support space for South Asian Queer male identified youth. Before his involvement with ASAAP, he had volunteered with various community organizations and has devoted his time to support other LGBTQ folks in crisis. Although his educational background is in Finance, he developed a strong passion for supporting the South Asian LGBTQ community which led him to ASAAP where he hopes to continue to do this work.


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.



Thursday, October 12, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO)


21 Sussex Lounge, room 421
21 Sussex Avenue
Toronto, Canada
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