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LOOKING FOR A GREAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY? 

Volunteer with T.E.A.C.H. at Planned Parenthood Toronto!

Meet new people, learn new skills and fight homophobia!

Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (T.E.A.C.H.) is currently recruiting youth volunteers ages 16 to 23 from diverse backgrounds and all gender identities and sexual orientations to fight against discrimination and hate.

T.E.A.C.H. is a dynamic group of youth who facilitate anti-homophobia workshops in schools and community settings to challenge the myths and attitudes that lead to homophobia and discrimination.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?  

- Free training! Learn about public speaking, workshop facilitation, anti-oppression, conflict resolution and effective storytelling.
- A chance to work with an amazing group of youth volunteers!
- An opportunity to educate peers about homophobia and heterosexism!
- Lots of support, resources and fun!
- Satisfaction gained knowing that you're supporting a great cause!

WHAT DO YOU CONTRIBUTE?

- A one-year volunteer commitment that includes completing 25 hours of mandatory training in October and November. Most training sessions are held downtown on Thursday evenings from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
- Attendance at bi-weekly meetings on Thursday evenings from December through July.                         
- A willingness to work with and learn from others. 

INTERESTED?

If you're between the ages of 16 and 23 and you're interested in volunteering with T.E.A.C.H., please take a moment to fill in our Volunteer Application Form. You can find it by going to http://www.ppt.on.ca/volunteer.asp  and clicking on the “Peer Facilitators with T.E.A.C.H.” link you’ll find at the bottom of the page.  

The next FREE training begins in October 2012!

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or if you want to learn more about T.E.A.C.H. and our volunteer opportunities, please feel free to comment, e-mail teach@ppt.on.ca, or call 416-961-0113 x157.   You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teachtoronto
THE JULY REVOLUTION - the protection of the ideas of social justice
             In July 2011 finally revealed opportunism Zyuganov, reflecting the interests of the bourgeoisie within the Communist movement. Finally evident that Zyuganov seeks to benefit only for himself in harm to the cause of building communism, to save the power and re-enter the State Duma of Russian Federation. Posing as the defender of the working man, and acting on behalf of the Communist party, Zyuganov with the bourgeoisie hinders the passage of the power of the representatives of the working people, giving seats in the Duma representatives of business, what discredits the socialist idea. To do this, out of the Communist Party of Russian Federation expelled activists that, in the elections to legislative bodies on party lists is the abolition of the right to free elections to legislative bodies. Appeals in the courts and other organs of the state make it impossible to protect the right to free elections, and consequently the right to establish laws himself for working people. The most striking example of the abolition of the authorities the right to free elections to legislative bodies - is the example of making and using the election commissions in the 2007 election in Mordovia, the second and nowhere registered voting papers.
             In spite of my presentation to the authorities of the second and nowhere registered voting papers, guilties did not suffer from punishment. Moreover, Merkushkin in whose interest was released this second edition of the voting papers, the president was re-appointed for another term head of the republic Mordovia. These facts testify to the complete abolition of the rights of working people for free elections.
             Conclusions from this - if the authorities did not accepted by any public measures to prevent violations of people's right to free elections to legislative bodies by the example of manufacture and use of electoral commissions in the 2007 election in Mordovia, the second and nowhere registered voting papers and none of the perpetrators to responsibility is not involved, it means second edition of the voting papers did everywhere. Found the existing system of abolition of the rights of the people to free elections to legislative bodies. Accordingly, if the government abolished the right of people to free elections - that and, consequently, there is no recognition of the legitimacy of the government itself with all its consequences.
             At the same time, the bourgeois Zyuganov's Communist Party, began get rid of the Communist Party activists, who unmasked the authorities in the abolition the right of people to free elections. These examples illustrate the coordinated actions of the bourgeois Zyuganov's part of Communist Party against the interests of working people.
             That is why the followers of the teachings of Lenin, as opposed to the bourgeois Zyuganov's Communist Party and for protect the ideas of social justice in July 2011 began to form COMMUNIST MOVEMENT REVOLUTIONARY FRONT (abbreviated - CMRF).
             Here is something to strive for CMRF:
             Is established true power of the people. People's authority shall have the right to implement through his referendum. This means that the people realizes its power through a referendum on which decisions are binding and have the force of law after the official publication of the results of the referendum.Any agreement of other bodies is not required. The essence of the implementation of the power of the people through a referendum that the referendum is an expression of popular will, and the referendum commission only the executive bodies are obliged to facilitate and assist in implementing the people's right to a referendum. Any other use is unlawful, that is punishable.
             Is established the right to free elections to legislative bodies. This means that any restriction of this right is illegal, that is punishable.
             Repealed the presumption of innocence to the official. This means - the official responsible. For example, established the fact that the officer has owned more than officially received revenue - he is must to prove in court that the income earned by legal means. Not proven - then he expects the court and the confiscation of property.
             Repealed the presumption of innocence for the oligarchs have received property from the state. This means that the oligarch has received a cement plant at a reduced rate must prove in court that the cement plant was obtained legally. Not proven - he expects the court and the confiscation of property.
             Repealed statute of limitations for prosecution of government officials, judges and prosecutors. That is, these individuals will must to answer for their actions, which managed to hide with the help of his official position and evade responsibility by virtue of statute of limitation of criminal prosecution.
             Is established the election of judges. This means that judges of all courts will be selected on a competitive basis with the possibility of early withdrawal by voters.
             Changing tax policy and taxes is set according to income level. Completely abolished taxes on all types of income, for providing a living wage, and set a decent living wage. Taxes of big business is set to 90%.
             July 2011 is the beginning and starting point for all subsequent events how the ultimate point of feeling of a lack of protection ideas of social justice in other ways. The name itself - REVOLUTIONARY FRONT of speaks for itself - it is about protecting the idea of ​​social justice through REVOLUTION. This means - the REVOLUTION for to protect the idea of ​​social justice is not only not excluded, but recognized in the prevailing conditions of tyranny and oppression as the most effective way. All the responsibility that people was brought to this state rests on the detaining authorities. At the same time, other methods to protect the ideas of social justice are not excluded, since they allow to expose the true essence of the anti-people regime.

             Lawyer Ivan Elaev, Russia, phone: +79510538999, e-mail: I.A.Elaev@mail.ru 
Grab a seat! Curtain up! Light   the lights! The show is about to begin tonight!


– How We're Stretching Queer Boundaries



The Queer West Arts and Culture Community is committed to ushering in a necessary and more contemporary attitude in reaction to the ever-changing threads of fiber that fashion the notion of “queer” in its entirety. The festival will view the complexity of queer identity beyond set places, spaces and community settings and bring diversity to the forefront of all programming. Art and performance will be utilized as the vehicle to show queer identity as a contested space. The Queer West community emphasizes a sharing of space and the exchanging of ideas as a political act, within and outside of the Queer West Village.

Though queers may converge and diverge on particular spaces to create a community, the heart of the festival is to emphasize however different our identities, we all share our humanity. Artists and performers will convey genuine and relative ideas across multi-disciplinary forms to entertain, educate and enlighten.

Now firmly established as a major event, after 11 years within the city's lesbian and gay social calendar the TORONTO FESTIVAL OF QUEER CULTRE has something for everyone, from a film festival to spoken word to a political unConference to classical -1368168436  music, from a ramble in the ART AND DESIGN DISTRICT to a QUEER CABARET whether you're gay, straight, lesbian, bi, trans, queer or confused there's something to inspire, challenge or entertain you.

Monday August 8 -- "What Do Queer Neighbourhoods do for Cities?" - A Queer Urban Space UnConference - Guest Presenters: Professor Catherine J. Nash, Brock University, Michael Went, Co-author of Community Advisory Panel recommendations to Pride Toronto. Michael Erickson, is a high school teacher, community organizer, photographer and sometimes politician. Rebecka Sheffield, a volunteer with Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives Final event of three part series on Queer Neighbourhoods in Toronto. Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre FREE

Wednesday August 10 -- Queer Eyes and Queer Ears - Bicycle Art Gallery Tour & After Party (Visiting 6 different galleries) from 7 PM to 9:30 PM. An average of 29 minutes is alotted to each visit. Begins in Trinity Bellwoods Park and ends at Naco Gallery & Patio. FREE

Thursday August 11 - A Queer Story: A Writing Workshop -- featuring Authors; Farzana Doctor, Vivek Shraya and Zoe Whittall. Where: Another Story Bookshop Address: 315 Roncesvalles Avenue. Start: 7 PM. Cover: PWYC (suggested $5)

Friday August 12 - Alterna-Queer Music Extravaganza -- "240 mind-blowing minutes of Caribana Soca, explosive dance, electrifying rock and a few ballads to bring you down. Tonight we are bringing you Criztal-Jay (A new discovery), Green Splat band (Lesbians love them) , Mark Cassidy (Back by popular demand) and Sista Fista A female fronted indie rock band. Where: Mitzi's Sister Address: 1554 Queen Street West Doors: 7 PM for dinner Show Start: 10 PM Cover: PWYC (with all proceeds going to performers)

Saturday Evening August 13 -- Take back the Dyke Night with Sugar Bush DJ HOME REKHA is back behind her velvet, candle-lit table, playing you those ass-shaking, scream-a-long, grinding, foot stomping tunes. FREE Naco Gallery and Cafe, 1665 Dundas W. Queer West Village, Toronto Ontario.

Sunday August 14th, 2011 -- Queer West Fest Smash Words Poetry & Chinese Music Concert Featuring some of Toronto's best known Spoken Word Artists: Phlip Arima (Poet & MC), Criztal-Jay, Duncan Armstrong, Melissa Benner, Philip Cairns, Lishai, Yehuda Fisher, and a Chinese Classical Guqin Music Concert with Juni L. Yeung. Where: The Lula Lounge. Address: 1585 Dundas St. West Doors: 3 PM. Start: 4 PM to 8 PM. Cover: PWYC Minimum $5 (with all proceeds going to performers)


FULL FESTIVAL DETAILS   http://queerwest.org/queerwestfest_official_events.php

16th-Jul-2011 07:57 pm - Looking for people to feature!
Hi, I run two sites: Bleached Blonde(for people who bleach their hair) & Cute Pixie Haircuts (for girls with pixie hair!)

Am looking for people to feature on the site. So, if you would like to be featured(or would like to nominate someone you know) Please do send me a message.

Would love to feature before-after pictures of your pixie cuts! :)

Thanks much
ponyboy
Hello everyone! I'm throwing a party on June 24th at the Gladstone Hotel and I'm really excited about it!

The Gladstone Hotel presents the first GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE DANCE PARTY

Sorry Catholic School Board, there's nothing you can do to stop our fun. We're throwing a party!

These AMAZING FANTASTIC Line-up of "GAY" & "STRAIGHT" DJ's will keep you dancing:
Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene)
Cozmic Cat (Cherry Bomb/ First Fridays / Soul'd Out)
Steve Rock (Motown Party / 90s Party)
and Shane MacKinnon (who does everything!!!!)

Special dance performance at midnight by the spirit squad JAT

Sorry kids, this one is 19+ only. Make sure to bring id.


$5 before 11pm, $10 after

Private school uniforms encouraged.

We will be accepting donations, and partial proceeds will go towards a local high school GSA group.

Click here for the Facebook event

This party will follow the Opening Reception of the Gladstone Pride Exhibition "That's So Gay: The New Queer". Curated by Sholem Krishtalka.
Queer isn't just a way of effing -- it's a way of being.
That's So Gay Facebook Event


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As part of their Pride programming, The 519 Community Centre is hosting an evening of music and film.

On Wednesday, June 29th, join members of the trans community and allies in Cawartha Square Park for "Trans Theatre Under the Stars."

The evening starts at 7:30pm and will feature music by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and performances by members of the local trans community.

From 10-11pm come watch Carolina Valencia's acclaimed documentary, "Voodoo Woman," an intensely personal film following her path into Santeria and womanhood. She will be on-site to give a director's talk prior to screening.

This event is free and everyone is welcome!

Pride in our Queer cycling community. A 131 members now. Sunday's June 12 Cloudy. No rain in forecast ---- Peter Marczyk: studing social work at YorkU. is your tour guide on Sunday the 12th.

Today we start the tour on Wards Island. We leisurely tour the island's many bike paths and historic homes, before head down to wooden bike path by the lake, cycling to Centre Island and then onto Harlan’s Point. There are some male riders that may want to stroll aka cruise the Nude (Bum) Beach and leave the group. The main group and then circle back to Centre Island parkland picnic area, near beach and food stands, for some leisure time. (BTW the Ride Leader always travels with tire patch kit, pump and small medic-kit).

What to bring. Pack a few sandwiches, water or pop. There are concession food stands near picnic area, if you’re not domesticated. We strongly advise you wear a Helmut, mandatory for those under 18.

Today we start the tour on Wards Island. We leisurely tour the island's many bike paths and historic homes, before head down to wooden bike path by the lake, cycling to Centre Island and then onto Harlan’s Point. There are some male riders that may want to stroll aka cruise the Nude (Bum) Beach and leave the group. The main group and then circle back to Centre Island parkland picnic area, near beach and food stands, for some leisure time. (BTW the Ride Leader always travels with tire patch kit, pump and small medic-kit).

What to bring. Pack a few sandwiches, water or pop. There are concession food stands near picnic area, if you’re not domesticated. We strongly advise you wear a Helmut, mandatory for those under 18.

The Details: FREE Sunday June12 No Membership. Everyone meets at Toronto Ferry Docks at 12 Noon. Watch for sign on a bike GWBIKEClub outside main gate public benches. Wards Island Ferry leaves docks 12.45 PM sharp. (This will give us a bit of leisure time, late arrivals, before joining ticket lineup at 12. 25 PM) The Ferry is not run by TTC. (Round trip) prices are: Adults $6.50 Students under 19 and Seniors $4.00. Centre Island Ferry leaves dock for The City 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm and 5.15 pm. Links nature trails, schedules and fares: toronto.ca/parks/island/ferry-schedule.htm | www.toronto.ca/parks/pdf/?island/?toronto_island_?map.pdf | http://queerwest.org/bikeclub.php Homo Bike Central cell phone :::: 416-879-7954 RSVP Peter: gwbikeclub@gmail.com Free no membership required

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This Saturday, there is an amazing, free conference taking place at The 519 Community Centre called "Get Juiced."

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Camp Ten Oaks 2011

Summer Camp Looking for Kitchen Staff Volunteers!

Apply by April 15, 2011


Are you an eager cook who is excited by giving back to your community, creating magical outdoor moments for kids, and being part of a dynamic kitchen staff team? Then consider applying!

Camp Ten Oaks is a one-week sleep-away camp for children and youth ages 8 to 17. Our camp community is for the children of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer) and/or non-traditional families as well as youth who are themselves LGBTQ.

Camp Ten Oaks is currently accepting applications for

- Kitchen Director

- Kitchen Staff

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The Pride Toronto Trans March co-coordinators would like to invite community members and organizers to join us for the second Trans March Committee/Community Meeting of 2011.

As the first meeting, this meeting is open to EVERYONE. We want to continue hearing your feedback and concerns about the trans march, stage, afterparty and space. We are going to focus on other important aspects as well- budget, mandate of the committee, etc.

As co-coordinators we are dedicated towards creating transparency around the organization and implementation of Trans Pride. A detailed agenda will be available before the meeting at the “Pride Toronto Trans March 2011” facebook page and blog (www.transpridetoronto.wordpress.com). Please “like” this page for up-to-date information. We will also be emailing and posting the agenda and outcome of the meeting. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email us.

We encourage those unable to attend the meeting to offer feedback/ concerns/suggestions via email to transmarch@pridetoronto.com.

We would love to hear from trans and gender variant people about the specifics they would like to see included in Pride. We have no interest in continuing the history of tokenism and exclusion that has been the experience of the trans and gender variant community thus far. We do need your help by volunteering your ideas and time and/or being on the committee so that we can accomplish everything we as a community need and want out of the festival.


**It is mandatory for individuals attend THREE committee meetings to become a Committee Member** Committee members can vote at Pride Toronto general meetings.


Trans March Committee Meeting

519 Church Street Community Centre

Wednesday April 6, 2011

6pm-8pm

Room 204


Thank you,

Pride Toronto Trans March Co-coordinators

Researchers at Mount Allison University are looking for gay and lesbian men and women who are sexually active to participate in a study on cognitive distractions during sexual activity. The study consists of a series of questionnaires completed online that should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. There will be the chance to enter into a draw for a prize valued at 50$ at the end of the study. If you are interested in participating, please click the link bellow.

https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=138748

If you would like more information about this study, please contact Renee Cormier by email at mashlab.rcormier@gmail.com

15th-Mar-2011 10:04 am - LGBTQ Parenting Network update
newlyweds!
[I'm not affiliated with this, I just think these programs are important and want to further their reach!]

EVENTS & COURSES

1. Dykes Planning Tykes Drop-In Info Sessions – Starts Tues. April 12
2. Mindful Parenting for LGBTQ Parents – April 27
3. Queer Parenting Programs at The 519 – Upcoming Calendar
4. International Conference on Motherhood Activism, Advocacy, Agency - May 12-14, 2011

SUPPORT GROUPS

5. Gender Independent Group (GIG) & Kids of Queers TDSB Groups
6. Transitioned Moms Support Group

RESEARCH

7. Creating Our Families – Call out for participants from under-represented groups.
8. Parenting Network seeks info on maternity/parental/adoption leaves
9. Wright Institute Gay Dads Survey
10. Single Lesbian Mothers Needed

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

11. LGBTQ Birth/Adoption Announcements for Pride & Joy – Due May 15, 2011

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12th-Jan-2011 10:18 am - LGBTQ Parenting Network
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I'm not an organizer, just a recipient of their newsletter (and going to be starting queer prenatal classes this weekend), but thought I'd pass this information along

EVENTS & COURSES
1. DON’T MISS! Up for Discussion: Becoming a Powerful Parent: What queer parents should know about the Toronto school system: Wed. January 19
2. SIGN UP NOW. Queer and Trans Family Plannings: March 18 – 20, 2011
3. Call for Submissions! Design a NEW family tree exercise for the LGBTQ Parenting Network’s Family Day Contest
4. Save the Date: Family Day Celebration - Mon. Feb 21

SUPPORT GROUPS
5. NEW Transitioned Moms Support Group
6. NEW! Toronto Gay Men Who Want To Be Dads Social Group
7. NEW! Parenting a child with special needs?
8. Gender Independent & Kids of Queers TDSB Groups
9. LGBTQ Parents of Multiples Support Network
10. Richmond Hill Women’s Support Group

RESEARCH
11. Creating Our Families – Call for participants from under-represented groups.

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Skin of new madkindWednesday January 5, 2011. Written by Siobhan McGuirk (UK) Research and collaboration by Michel François Paré (Toronto)

10 years was a landmark for the Toronto Queer West Arts Festival in August 2010. The first Pride event in Toronto took place 30 years ago. It shows how much the visibility and public acceptance of LGBTQ has grown, and how quickly, that Pride Toronto and to a lesser degree Queer West Arts Festival are each as popular as they are now.

Of course, there was always a gay scene in Toronto long before then, with bars and cafes situated between drag shows, fetish clubs, alternative nights and cabarets – the type of event now more likely termed queer than synonymous with ‘gay culture’. These still attract audiences year-round, but have shifted further out of the spotlight. They have become niche. The scene, it seems, has been sanitised.

It follows a common trend in which liberation rallies commemorating the Stonewall Riots have become Pride parades with organisers able to erect fences and charge entry fees. Pride movements have emerged to bite back, with radical politics and declarations of inclusivity. For its part, Queer West Arts Festival proudly proclaims that only 50% of its audience is defined as lesbian or gay. It is a celebration of diversity.

Queer West Arts Festival celebrates and supports artists who create work on their own terms; in their own way… here they can make the work they’re burning to make. They can risk and they can play.

Of course, queer movements in general have faced backlash: some see the term “Queer” as offensive rather than reclaimed. Others assert that their sexuality should not be presumed to dictate their politics.

Yet queer arts festivals such as Queer West Arts Festival, Edmonton’s Exposure Arts Festival and Montreal’s Divers/Cité among others, at the very least, make space for important questions to be raised. They also offer a platform to unpopular or extraordinary responses. They demonstrate that to be L,G,B, T and/or Q is still seen subversive, even if you don’t want it to be. No matter how “pink” mainstream political parties have become, or acceptable gay marriage or civil partnerships are, society still insists on its norms.

The arts can explore the boundaries of equality debates and reveal the tension within them, highlighting the prejudices that persist, both on and off “the scene”: sexism, transphobia, body fascism, ageism, and racism only scratch the surface. When a polyamorous, asexual, mixed race, gender queer artist announces that they will vote Conservative because they, too, believe in “family values”, the audience laughs, recognising that the joke is on us.

Many are self-defining queers who feel “the scene” does not cater to their needs or outlooks and see Queer West Arts Festival as an annual highlight. Paradoxically, another chunk of friends have no idea the festival even exists.

Pride Toronto, too, splits opinion. Overly commercial and frustratingly political for many, it is the high point of the year for some. There are overlaps between the two camps, of course, but there is still a discernable divide between the “gay” and “queer” scenes, and the gulf between them seems to be widening.

For the first time Queer West Arts Festival is going after major funding and corporate sponsors. It will be interesting to see the results, and by the close of the festival, how far the gay / queer divide has been addressed and whether new ideas will emerge over what it is to be L, G, B, T, I, Q in Toronto 2011.

Siobhan McGuirk, is a Freelance Filmmaker / Journalist with lesbilicious.co.uk and Commissioning Editor, for Red Pepper Magazine. siobhan@redpepper.org.uk Michel F. Paré is President of the Toronto Queer West Arts & Culture Centre and Publisher of OuteXpressions Newspaper. outexpressions@gmail.com



20th-Nov-2010 09:17 am - Dyke dances in TO?
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I'm looking for info on regular dyke dances in Toronto. I "grew up" as a dyke in Montreal so I know all the ins and outs of clubbing and regular events like the Meow Mix in la belle province, but I also know sometimes it's a matter of being on the right e-mail list in order to know what's going on in the city. Having recently moved back to Toronto, I realize I know nothing about queer dancing in this city.

Anyone want to help a girl out?
Come commemorate Trans Day of Remembrance with the Centre for Women and Trans People at York University.

Events this week:

Queer Lite: Tuesday November 16th 2:30pm-4:30pm

Come make buttons for Trans Day of Remembrance and learn more about the history
of this day! There will be food, a speaker and lots of crafting and button
making supplies!

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TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE EVENTS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18TH 2010

Thursday November 18th from 12pm-6:30pm join us for a day of events on commemorating folks who have been killed by trans phobic violence, condemning transphobia on our campus and celebrating folks who've fought for trans rights! Join us for a round table on trans
organizing on campus with Trish Salah, Syrus Ware, Savannah Garmon and Ruth Bramham, an afternoon of crafting and food where we will be making white flags for the vigil and the vigil.


***ROUNDS TABLE DISCUSSION, Thursday November 18th, 12-2pm****
Join us as we discuss what trans activism does and has looked like on our campus.

Speaker are: Trish Salah, Syrus Ware, Savannah Garmon and Ruth Bramham

location: VANIER COLLEGE SENIOR COMMON ROOM, York University, accessible space
time: 12-2pm


****LUNCH AND CRAFTING***

Thursday November 18th, 2-4pm
ROOM 322 Student Centre

Come help us make flags for the trans day of remembrance vigil!!

This event is a collaboration between:

-Centre for Women and Trans People at York (CWTP)
-Sexual Assault Survivor's Support Line( SASSL)


****TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE VIGIL****

Thursday November 18th, 4:30pm

Join us as we read the names of those who were killed by transphobic violence, share stories of transphobia that were submitted to us by folks in our community and have an open mic where folks can share experiences, thoughts and feelings. If you want to submit your own experiences in writing email cwtpyork@gmail.com or go to wwww.transdayofremembrance.wordpress.com.

In addition to commemorating these murders and other acts of violence against trans people, we will be asking folks to make commitments to fighting transphobia on campus by signing up for a trans 101 training offered by the Centre for Women and Trans People or by joining our Trans Ally Committee or Trans Committee to help advocate for more rights and recognition for Trans folks at York.

This event is a collaboration between:

-Centre for Women and Trans People at York (CWTP)
-Sexual Assault Survivor's Support Line( SASSL)
-Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gays Allies at York (TBLGAY)
-Centre for Human Rights
Do you attend York University?

Do you identify as Trans, Transgender, Transsexual, Gender Variant, Gender Queer, Two spirit, Intersex, aggressive, stud/butch/boi, etc?

The Center for Women and Trans People(CWTP) at York University is starting a new support/advocay/social group for Trans/Gender Variant People.

The group would be a place to meet other trans/gender variant people on campus, and draw support and resources from each other. It could also have an advocacy component- but that’s completely up to the group’s members interests and initiative.

We are also starting to plan Trans Day of Remembrance activities( and all input and help are more than welcome!)

We want to get to get the group running ASAP. So, let us know which days of the week would work for you! Please contact the CWTP at cwtpyork@gmail.com , (416) 736-2100 x33484 , or the student center room 322.
The Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at York University, as part of Disorientation week, is hosting:

Re-orientation cabaret: My sex is beautiful

A hot cabaret evening brimming with queer, sexy acts featuring Raging Asian Women, Ill Nana and Chromatically Correct, hosted by the lovely Dainty Box and followed by a night of sweaty, pumping beats served by Yes Yes Y'ALL and Big Primpin' guest DJ, DJ Black Cat.

Also Featuring:
Raging Asian women (drumming)
Ill Nana (Dance)
Chromatically Correct ( Drag)
Nichola Ward (Spoken word)
Cutesy Caliber( Burlesque)
Masti Khor ( Burlesque)
Philip Cairns ( Spoken word)
Diann Chea( performance art)
Grey ( performance art)
Luka ( performance art)
Ismailova Theatre of Dance (dance)
Taylor (music)

... followed by a night of dancing with DJ Black Cat.

Friday October 1st at The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
Doors at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm

tickets sliding scale 2-10$,
advanced tickets available at Good for Her and the CWTP York.
( All the money made at the door will go towards performers)

All ages event .
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LOOKING FOR A GREAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY?

 

Volunteer with T.E.A.C.H. at Planned Parenthood Toronto!

 

Meet new people, learn new skills and fight homophobia!

 

T.E.A.C.H. is currently recruiting youth volunteers ages 16 to 23 from diverse backgrounds who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer and straight to fight against discrimination and hate.

 

Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (T.E.A.C.H.) is a dynamic group of youth who facilitate anti-homophobia workshops in schools and community settings to challenge the myths and attitudes that lead to homophobia and discrimination.


 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

 

- Free training! Learn about public speaking, workshop facilitation, anti-oppression, conflict resolution and effective storytelling.

- A chance to work with an amazing group of youth volunteers!

- An opportunity to educate peers about homophobia and heterosexism!

- Lots of support, resources and fun!

- Satisfaction gained knowing that you're supporting a great cause!



WHAT DO YOU CONTRIBUTE?

 

- A one-year volunteer commitment that includes completing 25 hours of mandatory training in October and November. Most training sessions are held downtown on Thursday evenings from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

- Attending bi-weekly meetings on Thursday evenings from December through July.
                           

- A willingness to work with and learn from others.

 


INTERESTED?

If you're between the ages of 16 and 23 and you're interested in volunteering with T.E.A.C.H., please take a moment to fill in our Volunteer Application Form. You can find the application form here.

The next FREE training begins in October 2010!

 


QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or if you want to learn more about T.E.A.C.H. and our volunteer opportunities, please feel free to comment, e-mail teach@ppt.on.ca, or call 416-961-0113 x157.

Do/Did you attend York University?
Do you identify as Trans, Transgender, Transsexual, Gender Variant, Gender Queer, Two spirit,Intersex, aggressive, stud/butch/boi, etc?
The Center for Women and Trans People at York University is putting together a guide and/or workshop for trans/gender variant York students for orientation week. We want to hear your experiences, tips and resources around negotiating your gender/trans experience at York university.
Some of the topics , for example, could be:
- Navigating/Negotiating with York administration
- Coming out/disclosing to professors, T.As, classmates, staff, etc
- Using the YFS health plans benefits
- Using the Counselling & Disability Center
- Safety on Campus
- Transfriendly (or not so) Clubs, organizations and people
- Residence/living on campus
- Recreation centre/Gym
- ....anything that you would like to “pass on”/share with other students and community members.
Submissions might be edited, and all identifying personal details will remain confidential. Submissions should be sent to cwtpyork@gmail.com. If you have any questions, concerns or want to talk about the guide/workshop also email cwtpyork@gmail.com .
Thank you,

Luka Sidaravicius
Outreach and Trans Integration Program Developer
13th-Jul-2010 03:29 pm - Looking for Roomate- September 1st
Hey all! I'm moving to Toronto in September to attend school and am looking for a place to live. I'm looking for under $575, hopefully.

I'm a white gay transguy in my mid twenties, I'm currently finishing up a degree in sociology. I'm currently living in Kitchener, but am in Toronto almost every other weekend, if you want to meet up or have a place to show me. I've been looking for a living space that is trans positive, sex positive and socially concious. A communal living space is preferred, but isn't necessary, as long as it's friendly. I would prefer to live with other queer folk, but straight people are fine too, as long as they are well aquainted with the queer community (ie. I don't want to be the first gay or trans person you've met- been there before, don't want that in my living space again).

I like to cook a lot, and especially like roommates who like cooking too, or at least like eating what I cook for them! I've been involved in a variety of activism including anti-poverty work, Palestinian solidarity, sexual health and anti-oppression education. I like living with other people who are activist/radical, but also don't take themselves too seriously and know how to have fun.

Let me know if you or anyone you know are interested!

You can reply here or email me at mclinrandy at gmail.com

Cheers
-Randy
Just wanted to remind everyone about the new project called T-GUAVA (Trans Girls/Guys United Against Violent Assault) starting up at Springtide Resources. It's a by trans youth, for trans youth project aimed at ending intimate partner abuse against trans people!
 
And we need YOUR help! We want your comments, ideas, and opinions, so we're holding a Community Consultation. Here are the details:
 
When? Wednesday, June 23rd, from 7 pm to 8 pm.
Where? The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Room 303. (at 519 Church St., near Wellesley Station)
Who should come? Trans youth 27 and under! Trans women, trans men, genderqueers, and everyone else are welcome! (29 and under for those living with disabilities!)
Is it accessible? This event is wheelchair accessible. We will also provide ASL interpretation.
 
FREE TTC tokens and food for those who come!
 
So please come check it out!
 
Thanks so much,

~Morgan M. Page
Youth Leader, Young Women's Program
Springtide Resources
15th-Jun-2010 01:35 pm - Pre-Pride Celebrations
Want to enjoy the summer weather and celebrate Pride before the official events begin? Maybe you'd like an afternoon boat cruise to enjoy cabaret-style music by members of Toronto's LGBT choir SingingOUT! and the all-male choir fORTE!

The details from the organizers:
    Hey there!

    What are you doing this weekend? It's going to be a hot one. How about an afternoon on the lake, with great live music, dancing, barbecue...

    Sound good? Get your Pride on early with Makin' Waves 2, the Big Gay Cabaret Boat Cruise presented by SingingOUT and fORTE. Saturday June 19, boarding 11:30 am, sailing 12 noon, returning 3:30. Empress of Canada, 11 Polson Street. Tickets only $40 at www.singingout.com, Out On The Street and Copy Cat Productions!

    See you there!
Click here to buy tickets.
9th-Jun-2010 04:52 pm - Trans March- Volunteers and More
Hello everyone,
This year the Trans March will happen on Friday, July 2nd. We meet at 7pm at Church and Hayden( just a bit south of Bloor). The March starts at 8pm. We march south on Church street, til we reach the south stage, where Trans Verse(http://www.pridetoronto.com/events/south_fri.html) will be happening. You don’t need to register to march.

This is the second year of the Trans March, and WE NEED VOLUNTEER MARSHALS. Basically, the marshals are responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly and that the March is a safe(r) space for participants.

Now, we know most trans folks would prefer to march, instead of marshalling. So, we ask allies, friends and family members to consider volunteering during the trans march. To sign up to volunteer go to http://www.makepridehappen.com/ , then go to “register to volunteer”, and follow the procedures. We are having our VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION THIS SATURDAY ( JUNE 12), from 11am-12:30.

If you have any concerns, questions, or just wants to initiate conversation, please don’t hesitate to contact us at transmarch@pridetoronto.com
Hope to see(or talk ) to you soon!
Luka Sidaravicius
Transmarch coordinator

(Sorry for x-posting)
bluerose
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, in partnership with CultureLink and The 519 Church Street Community Centre, is proud to host the upcoming Among Friends Conference:

Beyond Belonging: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Newcomers

Friday, June 11, 2010 from 11:30am to 8:30pm

at The 519 Church Street Community Centre


We invite you to attend this free conference to engage in discussions about topics that are important to LGBTQ+ newcomers, service providers and their allies.

Enjoy a full day of speakers and performers, including

Keynote addresses by Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre-Rosedale City Councillor Candidate) and Roxanna Vahed (Stepping Up Project Coordinator - Launch of Stepping Up Project Toolkit)

Other speakers include:
Zack Marshall, Natalia Petite, Asem Azouka, Craig Fortier (No One is Illegal), Fatima Mesquita, Lisa Gore, Shishir Chand, Luka Sidaravicius, Ranjith Kulatilake and Jean Vecina!

Art by: Veniz, Fariz and Yeavior

Event hosts: Julisa and Kofi

Refreshments and dinner will be served!

Space is limited. Register is required! Please go to www.accessalliance.ca/amongfriends for more information.

Or call Aamer at 416-324-8677 ext 309


We hope to see you there!

The Among Friends Initiative is a collaboration between Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, CultureLink and The 519 Church Street Community Centre. It aims to improve access to services by providing resources, volunteer opportunities and support to service providers and LGBTQ+ newcomer communities.

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