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Community Gathering: Navigating Grief in Queer and Trans Communities – Nov 30, 2022

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies join the University of Toronto in mourning lives lost to violence and hatred at the recent shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. We are together in our grief, fatigue, and anger. And we are together as we denounce homophobia, transphobia, racism, and all forms of hate and discrimination.

All 2SLGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty and librarians from U of T’s three campuses are invited to join us in creating a healing community space together on November 30, 2022, 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

Community Gathering Space: Navigating Grief In Queer & Trans Communities
With Guest Facilitator Billy J. Choi-Gekas

In this 1-hour workshop, Billy will share some teaching and practices around navigating both individual and collective grief, especially in response to tragic loss in our communities, as we remember our Queer and Trans siblings lost in Colorado Springs. Billy will offer from both their Medical Qigong and Yoga traditions, and will facilitate discussion and embodied practices that can support participants through a grieving process. All bodies and experience levels welcome.

Billy J. Choi-Gekas (they/them) is a Nonbinary, Queer, mixed-race Settler from Tkaronto. They are the Circulation Supervisor for the John W. Graham Library at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and the Chair of the “Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, AntiRacism” (IDEAR) Committee of the University of Toronto Libraries. They serve on the Board of Directors for Toronto Urban Native Ministry, and has a private practice as a wholistic practitioner and anti-oppression consultant, working with individuals and communities, as well as numerous social justice, Queer, and interreligious organizations across Canada. You can find Billy and their team through the School of Radical Healing and Sacred Activism (SORHSA) www.myradicalhealing.com

Register to attend.

If you are attending and require accommodation(s) due to disability, please email sgdo@utoronto.ca

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