LGBTOUT Newsletter Nov 2

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Thank you to everyone who made our homohop a fabulous raging success. Pictures are now available on our group. We were thrilled with the incredible turnout and stunned with the fabulous performances by Barbie Jo Bontemps, Eva Simone, and Salome. A special thank-you is due to Andrew McNaughton for his wonderful event planning, Emily Pollock for her fabulous posters, David for his incredible photography, and DIC Exec and volunteers pulled it all off! You can see David’s pictures here


  1. LGBTOUT Selling White Poppies $1 
  2. LGBTOUT statement on the UTSU AGM​! 
  3. Like Salomé’s facebook page
  4. Queer faith history series
  5. Artist Talk by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
  6. End the Ban Campaign at UofT 
  7. IMAGINE Community Health Series: “Caring for Transgender Clients” with guest speaker Dr. Carys Massarella link here​​

1LGBTOUT Now Selling White Poppies for $1

LGBTOUT will be selling white poppies at our Drop In Centre for $1 (covers costs). White poppies come from the British Peace Pledge Union. A pacifist organization centred on the pledge “I renounce war, and am therefore determined not to support any kind of war. I am also determined to work for the removal of all causes of war.” The intent is to direct our attention, as Remembrance Day approaches, towards actively working for peace.

Peace work means being committed to pacifist values, challenging militarism, changing violent masculinities, and decolonizing our relationship with and understanding of our settler-colony state. Despite rabble rousing misrepresentations of the white poppy in the media, LGBTOUT would like to make clear that this is not a for/against the veterans issue. This is to oppose both political elites and how violence is normalized and glorified today.

Today, we are more threatened by our state and what it does abroad in our name. Canada is now committed to a misguided war in Iraq. The Canadian state now supports neo-colonial states and corporations.

The Canadian Government will misuse our memory as Remembrance Day approaches. WW1 and WW2 were fundamentally different from contemporary conflicts.

We feel the lessons of peace have not been learned.​

  1. LGBTOUT Statement on the UTSU AGM

LGBTOUT Statement on the Oct 29 AGM
1. The reforms we wanted passed were voted down.
2. More important motions were not discussed
3. Everybody needs to make the space safer next time.
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3. Like Salome on Facebook

Our fabulous host Salome has a new facebook. Like it to stay updated about one of Toronto’s most fabulous Drag Queens!

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4. Queer Faith History Series


Early years of Queer Jewish organizing and Queer Lutherans in Toronto at the Queer Faith History Series on Nov. 5. 5 pm.

And Queer & Christian on Friday with some Christian coming out stories:

  1. Artist Talk by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst

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  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 4:00 pm
“A Perfect X: Intersecting Perspectives in Transgender Film, Art, and Performance” – Artist Talk by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
UTAC art lounge
Reception to follow

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst will present an artists’ talk on their work as a transgender couple, in photography, film, and performance. The artists have come to international attention for the intimate and diaristic recording of their relationship as a transgender couple transitioning in opposite directions (Ernst becoming male from female, and Drucker female from male). Their acts of self-fashioning entail shifting subjectivities and identities, playing both subject and object in their creative negotiation and collaborations. In Drucker’s words, “Our bodies are a microcosm of the greater external world as it shifts to a more polymorphous spectrum of sexuality. We are all collectively morphing and transforming together, and this is just one story of an opposite-oriented transgender couple living in Los Angeles, the land of industrialized fantasy.” The artists were recently featured in the Whitney Biennial, New York, 2014.

  1. End the Ban Campaign at U of T1911659_738602639511060_9072203644822138415_n

The goal of the End the Ban campaign is to advocate for a blood donation policy that is based on medical evidence; that is based on sexual behaviours and not the sex of sexual partners; and that ensures the safety of the blood supply. With student engagement, we can bring about changes to the policies of Canadian Blood Services.

Help put an end the MSM blood ban by joining the End the Ban campaign at UofT! Sign up for the End the Ban listserve here for upcoming committee meetings and ways to get involved, and check out the facebook page here!

  1. IMAGINE Community Health Series: “Caring for Transgender Clients” with guest speaker Dr. Carys Massarella link here

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Join us on Nov. 5th for an engaging discussion and Q&A on the care and treatment of transgender clients, from presentation to transition, led by our special guest speaker Dr. Carys Massarella.

We are very excited to be hosting Dr. Massarella, a leading expert and advocate for the transgender community who was recently named one of the world’s Top 50 Transgender Icons by the Huffington Post. She currently practices medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, where she has held the positions of Chief of Emergency Medicine and President of the Medical Staff Association. She is also the lead physician at the Quest Community Health Centre in St. Catherine’s.

You can watch Dr. Massarella’s TEDx Talk titled “Forward to a Positive Trans-identity” here:

This free event will consist of a 2 hour interactive discussion followed by a Q&A period. All are welcome.

WHEN? November 5th, 5-7:30pm

WHERE? Room 2170, Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto (1 King’s College Circle)

***The Community Health Series is a lecture and workshop series put on by the IMAGINE Clinic, a student-run health initiative providing free holistic health care to the core neighbourhoods of downtown Toronto. The aim of the series is to create a forum for interactive and critical dialogue on key health issues. For more information about the IMAGINE Clinic, please go to our website:


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