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Queer & Trans Students of Colour: Families

Friday, November 13, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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– How do you experience and navigate your various identities within the context of your family/ families?
– What does “coming out” mean to you?
– How might we begin more difficult conversations with our family members around issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism?

Join us on November 13th for a discussion circle in which LGBTQ+, genderqueer, two-spirit, intersex, and questioning students of colour will talk about how sexuality and race affects our lives and communities.

This week, we will discuss how we experience and express our many identities within the context of our various family structures. We will share positive experiences of support and love as well as more difficult experiences. We will talk about how we might begin difficult but meaningful conversations around racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia or ableism with our families and friends. We will think about the historical contexts and intergenerational traumas that affect our current familial relationships. We will talk about trust, intimacy and forgiveness within post-colonial (and continually colonized) family structures. We will share strategies for healing and self-care and we will imagine ways to contextualize our bodies within our families’ histories as LGBTQ+ black, Indigenous and people of colour.

New and returning students across all three campuses are invited to meet other people and join in discussions that challenge racism, homophobia and transphobia.

This discussion is organized as part of an ongoing series to invite LGBTQ+ students of colour and students questioning their gender and sexual orientation together in a space to build community and to share stories and new ideas. Come and tell us what you think would help to create more positive spaces and more inclusive conversations!

Snacks will be provided.


Friday, November 13, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Sexual & Gender Diversity Office
(416) 946-5624


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