Fall 2012 GM Minutes + By-Election Update

To the LGBTOUT General Membership:
Although the Fall 2012 General Meeting (see below for minutes) and initial voting session for the by-election have already taken place, there will still be three additional voting sessions held at the LGBTOUT Drop-In Centre (located in the archway of Sir Daniel Wilson Residence at 73 St. George Street) on:

Monday October 15th, 2012, from 10am to 12pm (Matthew);

Tuesday October 16th, 2012, from 12-2pm (Ricky); and

Wednesday October 17th, 2012, from 4-6pm (Matthew).

The results of the by-election will be released at 6pm on Friday October 19th, 2012. For each position, the result will be decided by a simple majority. In the case of a tie, one additional voting session will be held the following week to break the tie between those individuals with the same number of votes.

It must be noted that, under the LGBTOUT Constitution (see attached document), only those members in “good standing” are eligible to run and/or vote in the by-election. These include those students from the University of Toronto’s St. George campus who have actively participated in any LGBTOUT meetings or events in the current academic year, or who have been recognized as members in good standing through a simple majority vote by the LGBTOUT Executive Committee.

Here are the Executive-at-Large candidates for the upcoming by-election:

Rochelle Mather

Hello! My name is Rochelle Mather and I’m a first year at UofT, taking International Relations and History with a minor in SDS. I studied Human Rights and Human Diversity as well as Law for two years at Wilfrid Laurier University. My goal is to be a human rights lawyer and my main focus has always been the LGBTQ community and gender equality, two causes I identify with being a pansexual woman. I am deeply immersed in the queer community and it’s always been a big part of my life, for this reason I would like to be considered for the position of exec-at-large. I feel like a would be a positive addition to your group to better serve our community with passion and enthusiasm. I spent my first year at Laurier volunteering with the Rainbow Alliance, which is the equivalent to the Drop-in Centre. I also participated in the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) with a humanitarian focus on refugees and the status of women in developing countries. I’m sure many of you can agree that I’ve been committed to the queer community at UofT even before I received my acceptance letter. I’ve been to many queer events and participated at volunteer activities while managing to establish several friendships and connections in LGBTOUT. I hope that because of the fore mentioned reasons I can count on your vote for the position of exec-at-large 2012-2013 at LGBTOUT.

Cathie Renner

 

My name is Cathie Renner.  I am majoring in American Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies and I work in the SDS office.  I am honoured to announce my intention to run in the LGBTOUT By-Election for the position of Executive-At-Large.

I have a life time of experience – I’ve been rich, I’ve been poor, I’ve been homeless.  Now I’m a poor student.  I’ve worked in working men’s clubs; I’ve been a secretary, a social worker, and I’ve owned a bar in Spain.  I’ve seen the best that life and people can offer, the absolute pits of despair and the ugly side of human beings.  Along the way I accumulated three children, divorced an abusive husband and raised those kids on my own.  I protected my gay brother, I raised a son who is gay and I am bisexual.  We Renner’s like to keep Queer in the family! In short I have done a lot, seen a lot and while I do not claim to know it all, I have a vast wealth of experience as a foundation and I would like to put that to use.

My reasons for running are simple.  I would like to see a good organization become a great one.  Some level of consensus has to be reached between the fun aspect of LGBTOUT and the serious and valuable need there is on campus for a resource like ours; a focus on the team and its abilities and strengths is as important as the message we want to send to the U of T community at large and the Queer communities in particular.

I see the DIC as the face of LGBTOUT, its potential is incredible and so this is where I’d like to concentrate my efforts but more than that I’d like to see the role of women become more prominent.  I hope to see greater acceptance of our communities within the university and to widen our reach within our own community.

 

Natalie Whiting

My name is Natalie Whiting, I am a 3rd year Sexual Diversity Studies Specialist and I am interested in running for the executive-at-large position. I am profoundly interested gender related violence prevention and education. I am a social worker turned student turned hopeful to one day become a guidance counselor (first a teacher) and would love to implement what I have learned in College and University to a High School Setting. As am executive I would hope to be able to represent and advocate on behalf of queer communities, specifically the bi-sexual community which I find to be underrepresented across campus.

There is a second issue that interests me; I suffer from a condition called vulvar vestubilitis that is essentially painful inflammation around my lady parts. I have joined an online support group and have found a large amount of female students on campus also suffer from the same condition. I would be interested in educating as well as finding a way to help out my fellow VV peers. I think all kinds of sex related issues need to be further addressed, From VV to STI’s and safe sex practices, to a place where females can talk about ph balance friendly lubes and so on.

I generally want to help other students who are in need of any gender or sexual related guidance. I hope to be able to provide students with a sense of community while on such a large campus. The queer umbrella is so big but I think it is very necessary that we stick together and help each other in order to contribute equality among ourselves and pass that message along.

If there are any questions or concerns regarding the by-election, please address them to me as soon as possible.Sincerely,Ricky Rodrigues

Chief Returning Officer

. . .

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans People of the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT)

Minutes: Fall General Meeting – Friday October 12th, 2012

Attendance: Iaz, Cathie, Doug, Dylan, Matthew, Natalie, Ricky, Ryan

Funding

–       Matthew is waiting for an invoice from a DJ; this is needed to pick up the cheque  waiting for us at the UTSU. (We have until the end of March to submit the invoice and pick up the cheque.)

–       The budget and funding request has been submitted to the UTSU.

Buffy Night

–       The event was well attended.

–       There was a good mix of people at the event.

–       The event was also a potluck. Therefore, no expenses were incurred.

Games Night with LGBTQase

–       TBA

–       Possible dates for the event: October 22nd, 23rd, 26th

Queer Roundtable

–       Ryan is preparing a conversation guide for the event.

–       The executive emails of other LGBTQ groups are needed to spread word of the event. (These may be available on the LGBTOUT website.)

–       Ryan will need at least one other executive to be at the event to represent LGBTOUT.

Queer Women Event

–       The event may be organized in conjunction with the Centre for Women and Trans People.

–       This may be a meet-and-greet-style event.

Trans Allyship Jabber

–       The executives have agreed to pay a fee of $100 maximum for the facilitator of this session.

By-Election

–       Cathie and Natalie were able to share their platforms in person. Rochelle’s statement was read by the Chief Returning Officer.

–       The first voting session took place. The next three voting sessions will take place at the Drop-In Centre on:

  • Monday October 15th, 2012, from 10am to 12pm (Matthew);
  • Tuesday October 16th, 2012, from 12-2pm (Ricky); and
  • Wednesday October 17th, 2012, from 4-6pm (Matthew).

YouTube Videos

–       Ryan has encouraged the other executives to assist with the videos.

–       The executives agree that, generally, opinions should not be made within the videos; the executives will agree as a group before making a public stance on something.

–       All videos must be reviewed by Ryan before they are published.

Member Opinions/Suggestions

–       More efforts around bi and pan visibility are needed.

–       There should be team-building opportunities for volunteers and executives.

–       Visibility, in general, must be escalated (e.g., develop a community notice board).

–       Networking with larger communities must take place; this may require changing marketing strategies (e.g., not appealing just to LGBTQ groups).

–       It has been suggested that a Facebook page might be more effective than a Facebook group.

  • What about the other groups?
    • Ulife can advocate on behalf of U of T student groups, calling for the closure of other LGBTOUT-titled groups.
    • The executives need to research and address all of the other groups that exist.
  • If we decide to start a page, it has been suggested that we create a page and wait to publish it.

–       Executives need to be aware of how they communicate with people online; adopt a neutral tone.

–       Photos

  • Picture-taking needs to be addressed with regard to individuals’ levels of comfort.
  • Photos of other aspects of events (e.g., food, venue, etc.) can be published.

–       Jabber

  • The discussion group will be more flexible this year.
  • It has been suggested that the structure of the venue be made more welcoming, using spaces like those in OISE, Jackman Humanities, the CSC, and 21 Sussex.

–       Homohop

  • Forming a committee has been suggested as a way to figure out how to divide the workload.
  • It has been suggested that we bring the Homohop back to U of T (Hart House), especially to increase visibility.
  • DiverCity will be giving us free consulting for the Homohop.

–       With regards to the office, it has been decided that the space should be used for LGBTOUT work only. Executives can do school work during their office hours if no one drops in.

–       Fall Programming

  • October
    • SDSSU Drag Ball
    • Jabber: VisibiliTEA
  • November
    • Meet n’ Greet
    • Queer Women Event
    • Games Night
    • Jabber: Trans Allyship 101
  • December
    • Jabber: HIV/AIDS Stigma
  • Drop-In Movie and Discussion Nights
    • CINSSU collaborations may be a good idea, particularly as a way of queering generally hetero spaces.

Next Meeting

–       Ricky will send out the availability poll once again.

–       It has been suggested that we host flexible/alternating meeting times to accommodate to people’s schedules.

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