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From February 27 to March 3, the QSCC and MSU Diversity Services will be hosting our Queer History Week campaign!!

This campaign is geared towards understanding how LGBTQ history has shaped today’s political climate, and exploring contemporary social justice issues through an intersectional lens. We will be taking a look at the institutions and systems that continue to oppress and marginalize our community’s most vulnerable, with a focus on how race, culture, and faith can affect LGBTQ experiences. We will also be creating closed spaces for communities to share their experiences and discuss what they would like to see in future activist movements.

Check out the schedue of events below!

MONDAY FEBRUARY 27:

A Walk Through Time: Visualizing LGBTQ+ History.
MUSC 301, 12:30 PM – 4 PM
As LGBTQ+ people, our communities carry long histories of struggle, activism, and resistance. These are histories we are rarely taught in our curriculum, or see acknowledged in popular media.

Drop by MUSC 301 to see a visual timeline of notable moments, accomplishments, and tragedies in our collective histories.

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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28:

No Pride In Policing: Black Lives Matter – Keynote
HSC 1A4, 7PM

During Pride Toronto last year, Black Lives Matter Toronto halted the parade and staged a protest, giving a list of demands that involved a controversial call to ban police floats from participation. In January this year, a motion to carry out these demands passed at their annual general meeting, reigniting the ongoing debate about the place of police in LGBTQ+ communities.

To this day, the role carried out by the institution of policing is one that is hostile towards many, especially the most marginalized in our communities. The function of the police is one that has often attacked the existence of LGBTQ+ people, from the 1981 bathhouse raids to Project Marie last year to the continued, ongoing criminalization of people who are Black, Indigenous, trans, HIV+, and/or engaged in sex work.

Alexandria Williams and LeRoi Newbold, activists with Black Lives Matter Toronto, will be joining us to speak about their work.
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WEDNESDAY MARCH 1:

What Moves at the Margin*
MUSC 313, 4:30 – 6:30 PM

This will be a closed space for Black LGBTQ+ people to share and talk about existing at the intersection of these social positions, and find community amongst people who may have similar experiences. The event will conclude with a discussion of how LGBTQ+ spaces can improve to be more inclusive of the black community.

*This event is closed for black LGBTQ people.

“Paris is Burning” Screening
BSB 121, 8 PM – 10 PM

Jennie Livingston’s documentary offers a behind-the-scene glimpse at the golden age of New York “Drag Balls” where rival fashion houses come together to celebrate, vogue and compete for bragging rights. Shot between 1985 and 1989, the narrative inter-cuts between individual stories that chronicle the experiences of the African-American and Latino, gay and transgender subculture in a time when the city was consumed by the ideals of wealth and glamour.

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THURSDAY MARCH 2:

HIV: A Conversation
MUSC 313, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Kevin Woodward and other HIV activists about HIV/AIDS and the Hamilton community. This event will span a range of subjects, from local HIV/AIDS activism and fighting against criminalization to medical access and care.

Between Worlds: Religion, Culture, and LGBTQ Identity*
BSB 117, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Navigating the ways in which culture, religion, and sexual and gender diversity interact can be complicated and difficult. LGBTQ+ people of faith may often find that spaces catering to one aspect of who they are are otherwise hostile to their existence. Oftentimes cultural backgrounds are not receptive to sexual diversity, and many LBGTQ+ people of colour and religious people can feel isolated by the LGBTQ+ community or their cultural community.
Come to talk about religion and LGBTQ+ identity, and about how both LGBTQ+ communities and cultural and religious communities can be more inclusive to minorities within them.

Note: * denotes a closed event.

Descriptions of all the events can be found at msumcmaster.ca/queerhistory

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