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Q21: A Conversation Café – Creating Safer Spaces
Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
– What are some strategies we can use to protect ourselves from gender, sexuality and race based violence?
– How to support each other when we see our peers in trouble?
– What if we can’t find gender neutral washrooms near us?
As much as we are constantly striving to create safer spaces in our communities, we unfortunately still find ourselves with people and situations that may be less than ideal. As queer people we must practice self care and protect ourselves and each other, so that we can continue all the amazing work we are doing. This week we will be discussing strategies in “creating safer spaces in unsafe environments”. We will look into sharing personal experiences, assertiveness techniques, and ways to support each other – in anywhere from bathrooms to work places to classrooms, and think of ways we can collectively deescalate gender, sexuality, race based aggression.
This week we are excited to welcome Robbie Ahmed to facilitate this conversation. Robbie is transman of colour and currently the Men’s Health Coordinator at Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) where he hosts support spaces, and sexual health education to South Asian populations living and affected by HIV. He had previously run LGBT groups at ASAAP, University of Waterloo and writing workshops at Seneca College. He is no stranger to escaping rough situations having to come out in countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh where he grew up, and would love to share and discuss ways we can support each other.
LOCATION: Room 421 (Lounge), 21 Sussex Avenue
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.