Nov 16 Newsletter

 

Newsletter 

1. Trans* Day of Remembrance: Rainbow Trin, WINC, VicPride, and LGBTOUT go to the Trans* Day of Remembrance 

2. Fossil Free UofT Post March Meeting – Fight for Climate Action!

3. Like Salomé’s facebook page

4. End the Ban Campaign at UofT 

5. Queer Karaoke

6. Just Give a Minute 

1 Rainbow Trin, WINC, VicPride, and LGBTOUT go to the Trans* Day of Remembrance 

Please join LGBTOUT, Rainbow Trin, WINC, and VicPride as we all go in solidarity to commemorate trans individuals in our community who have passed away. This event is hosted by 519 Church Street Community Centre. We will be meeting at Victoria College at their archway near the E. J.Pratt library at 6:40pm before we head out to 519.
This is a serious and important event, and so we all do just ask for respect and courtesy throughout.
Here is 519’s event description:
“Join us for this annual event which marks and commemorates those trans members of our communities who are no longer with us. This event serves as a memorial, a protest, an opportunity for reflection and a chance to see old friends and meet new ones.
The 519 acknowledges not only transphobia as a root cause of violence in our community, but also the various forms of oppression in our culture that increase violence, and limit protections for many members of the trans community. We remember everyone lost to transphobia, racism, ageism, ableism, sex-worker stigma, classism, HIV stigma and homophobia.
Violence has impacted our communities and is not only an intentioned act – it is also an act of neglect. Violence affecting trans communities includes cuts to social spending, and depleting the social safety net.
Violence impacting trans people includes the ever decreasing pool of social services that leaves the marginalized members of society struggling on their own without affordable housing, without access to nutritious food, without access to necessary health care services, without sympathy from a Canadian government that deports trans women and men to their countries of origin even when violence will be waiting for them on their homelands.
The impact of violence on the trans communities is pervasive. For many the vulnerability is constant.
The 519 is a wheelchair accessible space, with accessible and gender neutral washrooms. Trans Day of Remembrance will be ASL interpreted for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities.

2. Fossil Free UofT Campaign Meeting

Get involved in the most exciting environmental campaign on campus! Students across UofT are working to make UofT the first Cndn Uni to take climate leadership and Divest from dirty energy. We’re meeting this week in UC177 from 4-6pm on Wed to plan ahead. See you there! https://www.facebook.com/events/372736552875993/?fref=ts

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!

https://www.facebook.com/salomeburlesquequeen

4. 

End the Ban Campaign at U of T

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!

5. Queer Karaoke

Organized by UTGSU at Bar Plus   360 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario for Nov 27 8pm-11pm

Karaoke night is back! Bring your pipes and attitudes to Bar Plus for an evening of crooning the classics. Whether you caterwaul at Mimi’s whistle register, flow like Biggie or touch the soul like Joni, there will be a song for you!

Some refreshments to be provided.

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6. Just Give a minute

Last month you joined us at Redline Coffee & Espresso Bar and we’re returning with our ‘Just Give Me A Minute’ OPEN MIC SERIES on November 22!!

Perform with us be it poetry, spoken word, music or another talent you have! Come out and let’s have another successful event!

Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 8:00! Register here or on eventbrite!

*Redline Coffee is located on 354 Queen Street East*

This is a Pay What You Can event!

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LGBTOUT Newsletter Nov 10


Newsletter 

1. Divestment Action Week! March Wed Nov 12 12.15-1.30. BE THERE. YOU CAN MARCH WITH LGBTOUT

2. LGBTOUT Selling White Poppies $1 – Get yours for Tuesday

3. LGBTOUT statement on the UTSU AGM​! 

4. Queer faith history series

5. Like Salomé’s facebook page

6. “Anatomy of a Protest: The Art of Infiltration” Panel Discussion

7. End the Ban Campaign at UofT 

8. Trans Health in the City 

1. Fossil Free UofT Week

This week, we the students, we the University will demand UofT act on climate change and take its money out of dirty energy. LGBTOUT has endorsed and actively supports making UofT taking climate leadership. You can March with LGBTOUT too! It’s like climate change queer pride! https://www.facebook.com/events/1560851477482754/?fref=ts We meet at St. George and College at 12.15pm Wed Nov 12

About Action Week: From November 10-14 a flurry of student action will show that the University community demands fossil fuel divestment.
This will include:

Monday
– An Art Build (posters, banners, etc) November 10 from 4-8pm in Haultian Room 316
https://www.facebook.com/events/573871159379764/?context=create&previousaction=create&source=49&sid_create=835826287

Tuesday
– A Panel Discussion on Fossil Fuel Divestment featuring experts and professionals from various fields. Tuesday Nov 11 at 6pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/308043979398271/?ref=ts&fref=ts
– Also, catch us on your way to class canvassing on St George

Wednesday 
– The Divestment Movement March on November 12 12.15-1.30pmhttps://www.facebook.com/events/378191392348702/?fref=ts

Thursday
– A party to celebrate! Harvest Noon/GSU Pub 8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/747935938595107/?fref=ts
Join this page to receive updates about everything that’s happening!

Let’s keep our consensual dirty behaviours in the bedroom, and take unconsentual dirty behaviours out of the Athabasca.

2. LGBTOUT 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.​

2. LGBTOUT Statement on the UTSU AGM

LGBTOUT Statement on the Oct 29 AGM
Concerns:
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.
Full text http://lgbtout.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/lgbtout-statement-on-the-agm/

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!

https://www.facebook.com/salomeburlesquequeen

4. Queer Faith History Series


Queer Faith History Toronto, the fall 2014 Qu(e)erying Religion series, will profile inspiring stories from leaders in the early years of Toronto’s LGBTQ faith and spirituality groups to engage in informative, inspiring discussion. Gather. Learn. Inspire.

Our next event will be on 12 Nov from 5-7pm, including a light supper in the COOP, St. Michael’s College. Our guests will be Richard Isaac and Andy Spiece from SAGA! All are welcome! Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/717634228332415/

5. “Anatomy of a Protest: The Art of Infiltration” Panel Discussion / Week 9 of “The Politics and Poetics of Visibility”


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th, 7:00 pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

    Wendy Coburn’s first major solo exhibition in Toronto centres on her recently completed video “Slut Nation: Anatomy of a Protest,” which revisits the world’s first Slutwalk protest. Grass-roots and spontaneous, the 2011 protest offered an important rebuttal of a Toronto Police officer’s comments at a safety and security panel at York University, drawing attention to the ways in which gender stereotyping diverts the focus from the perpetrators of violence, and blames survivors of sexual assault instead. The protest’s critique of the persistence of rape culture inspired countless satellite protests across the globe. Coburn’s reconstruction of the 2011 protest highlights the movement of an organized group of provocateurs, including their representation in the media, as they march three blocks from Queen’s Park to the Toronto Police Headquarters. Bringing together footage and photographs taken by citizen journalists, the media, and the artist’s friends, Coburn’s work draws parallels to the haunting history of the infiltration of protests in Toronto, including those following the gay bath-house raids in 1981 through to the largest mass arrests of citizens in Canada at the G20 in 2010.

Ultimately, Coburn’s expansive body of work poses a series of questions related to freedom of assembly, the critical role of protest, and tactics used to undermine social justice organizing and positive social change. 

More information can be found here: http://jmbgallery.ca/eventsWendyCoburn.html

6. End the Ban Campaign at U of T

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!

7. Trans Health in the City: A Discussion with Rainbow Health Ontario and The 519 Church Street Community Centre

Wednesday, November at 4pm

WGSI Lounge – Above the New College Library

WGSSU is excited to host speakers from Rainbow Health Ontario and The 519 Church Street Community Centre for a panel on trans health and trans health services in Toronto.

The featured speakers will be Matt Francino, presenting on behalf of Rainbow Health Ontario, and Yasmeen Persad, presenting on behalf of The 519 Church Street Community Centre. Yasmeen’s section of the discussion will focus specifically on trans women and HIV.
This events aims to be a safe, accessible, and inclusive space for all people to learn about and discuss issues of trans health.

For more information and to RSVP, click here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1565017340395444/?ref=4

LGBTOUT selling White Poppies $1

LGBTOUT 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.​

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

Newsletter

  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
Concerns:
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.
Full text https://lgbtout.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/lgbtout-statement-on-the-agm/

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!

https://www.facebook.com/salomeburlesquequeen

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4. Queer Faith History Series

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/668921759889897/?fref=ts

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/671306662982878/?source=1

  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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtuX8lDmty4

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: http://imagine.uoftmeds.com/

LGBTOUT Statement on the AGM

LGBTOUT is disappointed by the results of the October 29 UTSU AGM.

Our reasons are many. Namely

  • 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.

1. Represent Us. The reforms made sensible steps towards representing LGBTQ+ issues on the UTSU. But they challenged the college elite.

That night, the empire struck back. Their organized opposition stopped the reforms.

Our members have found that the college board system does not represent them. Colleges are not designed, suited, or intended to act against oppression. That said, the reforms still gave College heads the ability to appoint people on UTSU committees.

All is not lost. The wonderful Victoria College Director Zach Morgenstern made a good point to LGBTOUT: we can hopefully negotiate a grand peace settlement between the UTSU and Colleges that oppose any relations with the Canadian Federation of Students at all costs.

If we can agree to a structure together, we can make a unified, democratic, and inclusive union to reduce fees and combat oppression.  This is an opportunity we must work to seize.

2. Good Ideas Not Discussed. Zach put forward incredible motions on organizing around issues such as anti war and student mobilization. Unfortunately some colleges were organized with the single purpose of defeating the reforms, which made further discussion of good ideas impossible.

These movements are the types of actions we want our union putting its energy towards.

We want to reiterate the point Zach made to the Varsity and re-sent to us: we don’t vote for UTSU representatives just to make rules about how to vote for UTSU representatives. We vote for the UTSU to advocate for us.

3. Safer Spaces. Of particular concern to LGBTOUT was the AGM’s atmosphere.  LGBTOUT would like to point out that safe spaces are a verb—not a noun. The AGM needs to be a space where people feel they are safe to speak without being personally disliked, or disrespected.

What we do can either make people feel safe to speak or not.

The atmosphere was not unsafe in the sense that active discrimination made it difficult for people to speak. The atmosphere was unsafe in that sense that intense polarization created an environment where people jeered and hollered. If someone was shy, the AGM was not a welcoming zone to speak in.

Changing this will need responsibility from leaders in the UTSU and the Colleges. Basically: restrain your rabble. We understand emotions run high around the AGM. This does not make hurting other people’s emotions okay.

This polarization was clear when one side of the room erupted cheering. It was clear when “suck it” was exclaimed by someone on that same side.

If you are going to mobilize a mass bloc, also use your mobilization as an opportunity to educate them about how to conduct themselves in a way that makes others’ feel safe.

Concrete Steps both sides can take:

  • Reduce polarization. Animosity between both sides motivated people. We should see this animosity as a threat to our union. We shouldn’t demonize eachother or the reforms. This isn’t good versus evil; this is student politics. The UTSU, Colleges, and Professional faculties should meet and negotiate more beforehand. We applaud Ryan Gomes recognizing Yolen’s work in his first statement. LGBTOUT wants to draw attention to how the UTSU President Yolen attended College and Faculty meetings, but was not always allowed to speak. We expect better next time and will help hold both sides to account on this.
  • Education is a duty. Groups organizing for more attendance need to make sure the people they are encouraging to attend know how to behave. Train them how yelling, cheering, hollering, booing, shouting might make others’ feel.
  • Focus on having an inclusive Student Union. Make sure everyone knows our collective goal is a union where everyone feels they have a voice. Everyone should consciously think about how this is what we are working for. Everyone should ask themselves how they can help achieve this.

Safe spaces are a verb. Make them.

LGBTOUT Newsletter Oct 27

Newsletter

1. LGBTout Presents: The Halloween Homohop! – Tickets on sale now! 

2. LGBTOUT endorses UTSU reforms. Go to the AGM and vote yes!
3.Queer faith history series

4. LGBT Movie night

5. Totally OutRight – Registration extended! 

6. End the Ban Campaign at UofT 

7. LGBT Dance Classes 

8. #Olivia4Mayor ❤ 

 

1. LGBTout Presents: The Halloween Homohop! 


It’s that time of year! The Homohop is here!

HEY EVERYONE! LGBTOUT is thrilled to be hosting this year’s Halloween Homohop! Join us for a night of sin and revel hosted by Salome featuring DJ Secretagent and performances by Donnarama Versace, Eva Simone, and Barbie Jo Bontemps.

Pay bar and food provided.

Strict wristband policy in effect.

Accessible.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE THROUGH UofTTIX:

http://uofttix.ca/halloweenhomohop

^ use this link to buy tickets online and to pick them up the night of the event. Any leftover tickets will be available for sale at the door!

Can’t wait to see you all there 🙂

2. LGBTOUT endorses UTSU reforms. Go to the AGM and vote yes!

This week the UTSU will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM). This AGM matters because the UTSU is now legally obligated to reform itself within a year. There is a proposed reform being voted on LGBTOUT strongly endorses. The reform would create an LGBTQ issues director, in addition to directors for issues LGBTOUT cares about such as women’s issues, racialized issues, sustainability, etc.

To read more about the reforms visit http://utsu.ca/board-structure

Read LGBTOUT’s joint endorsement at https://lgbtout.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/3-lgbtq-groups-endorse-utsu-reforms/

3. Queer Faith History Series


Queer faith “back in the day”! Queer Faith History Toronto, the fall 2014 Qu(e)erying Religion series, will profile inspiring stories from leaders in the early years of Toronto’s LGBTQ faith and spirituality groups to engage in informative, inspiring discussion. Gather. Learn. Inspire.

Our next event will be on 29 Oct from 5-7pm, including a light supper in Rm. 406, Carr Hall, St. Michael’s College. Our guests will be Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes and Corey Betrand from MCCT and representatives (tba) from the Ismailis! All are welcome! Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475134852765577/

4.LGBT Movie night


After you vote on October 27, join us for an LGBT election-themed comedy “Four More Years” and stick around to watch the votes roll in.

“Four More Years”
by Swedish director Tova Magnusson Norling.

“David Holst has been the favorite to become the next Prime Minister of Sweden. However, after a shocking turnaround at the polls, he is left on the sidelines, where he meets Martin, charming, bright, fun-loving… and the state secretary to the new Prime Minister! As David navigates a newly found sexuality and a political divide should he give up his marriage and career for a social democrat who’s had more one night stands than David’s had votes?”

Official Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0VQdDsfOKU

Monday, October 27, 2014
Doors open at 6 pm
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Media Commons Theatre
Robarts Library (3rd floor)

And don’t forget to vote first!
For information on how, why and where to vote from the Centre for Community Partnerships: http://bit.ly/1wrtlUp
After the screening, we will be watching the election results.
Everyone welcome!
Venue is accessible. Please contact us with questions regarding any accommodations.
For more information visit onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/lgbtmovienight
Sponsored by University of Toronto Libraries, Sexual & Gender Diversity Office and LGBTOUT

5. Totally Outright registration extended!

Registration for November 2014 has been extended to October 22nd!

Totally outRIGHT is a free sexual health leadership program for young gay, bi, or queer men, ages 18-29. This includes trans guys, guys living with HIV, and guys from culturally diverse backgrounds. The next series of Totally outRIGHT will take place November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2014! For more information and to register, go to www.actoronto.org/to

6. End the Ban Campaign at U of T


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!

7. LGBT DANCE CLASS! 

LGBT Dance is excited to offer free queer & trans beginner salsa and hip-hop classes!

The classes are taught in a welcoming and gender neutral environment. No partner is required (for the salsa class) and all fitness levels are welcome! We also encourage dancers to modify moves to what feels best for them.

LGBT Dance Queer Orientation Free Salsa and Hip-Hop Class:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1461727454091717/

LGBT Dance Queer and Trans Salsa & Bachata Classes – Fall Session:

https://www.facebook.com/events/673426279408874/

8. #Olivia4Mayor – Election day is Monday, October 27th!

 

Only one more week until election day! Still not sold on Olivia? Check out LGBTOUT’s Blog Post Endorsing Olivia, Kristyn, and why we care here.

http://www.oliviachow.ca/platform

Volunteer at http://www.oliviachow.ca/get_involved

Get a sign at http://www.oliviachow.ca/signs

http://www.oliviachow.ca/pledge_your_vote

3 LGBTQ GROUPS ENDORSE UTSU REFORMS

Joint Endorsement and Position by: LGBTOUT, Queer Slam, and Queer Writes

The proposed new structure for UTSU that the UTSU AGM will discuss is complicated.

But it matters enormously. We support it. And, we need you to make it happen.

We hereby agree that:

Representing Equity Issues :

  • We believe issues directors on LGBTQ, commuter, racialized, gendered, indigenous, etc issues could positively influence how the UTSU plans programming. This change can build equity into the UTSU’s DNA. We will have a director to represent LGBTQ issues. We don’t have that now.
  • We hope that the new structure will encourage the stakeholder debates about race, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, commuter issues, and international student issues. These are conversations we should be having that the current structure makes more difficult to launch.
  • We encourage the name of directors be changed at the AGM. We believe LGBTQ Issues Director from LGBTQ Director, or Racialized Issues Director instead of Racialized Director better recognizes the fact no director can represent every group in larger communities.

The College System and its Discontents

  • We recognize the college system fails to include many students now. The current college system severely overlooks the issues of equity that matter to accessing education.
  • We agree Colleges will be adequately represented on new committees. College’s student societies will be preserved. College input in UTSU campaigns makes less sense than issue directors.
  • We agree that the Arts & Science and Professional Faculty committees should be made up of representatives from each college and faculty but that they should be elected for the sole purpose of sitting on the committees. We believe that representation from each college/ faculty need not only be from officers of their student society. Just as college and faculty directors have worked with the divisional societies under the current structure, so would these representatives.

Context, Controversies, and Challenges:

  • the UTSU legally has to reform under new Federal Non-Profit laws. Proposed alternatives risk extraordinary bureaucratic paralysis.
    • e.g. 19 bodies with independent vetoes over the whole union
  • there is evidence some groups, such as the TCM, have used undemocratic tactics (free beer) to gather proxies. Their actions secure privilege, not equity.
    • We feel the new structure will better represent all their students needs. The reforms are good for most students in even vocally opposed bodies.
    • For example, professional faculties (e.g. engineering) can be represented on the commuter, LGBTQ, Women’s, indigenous, etc positions.
  • We want to reiterate UTSU President’s point. This shouldn’t be an absolute good/bad issue. If you have concerns let’s talk about how to improve it.

Calls to Action:

  • Invite your friends to go with you to the AGM and our discussions.
  • Go to the AGM.
  • Vote YES! to the proposed reforms

Homohop Oct 30

Where: Hart House – Debates Room
When: Thursday, October 30th
Time: 8:30PM – 1:00AM
Price: $8 – online/at the door

HEY EVERYONE! LGBTOUT is thrilled to be hosting this year’s Halloween Homohop! Join us for a night of sin and revel hosted by Salome featuring DJ Secretagent and performances by Donnarama Versace, Eva Simone, and Barbie Jo Bontemps.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Pay bar and food provided.
Strict wristband policy in effect.
Accessible.

Tickets will be on sale through Hart House starting this week. Check back for more info.

https://www.facebook.com/events/305192156347477/