Plénières

The scientific committee of the National Conference wished to prioritize three subjects that would take place at the end of each afternoon.

 

 

Two-Spirit

Indigenous communities have been invisible within queer communities for far too long.  In the aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, broad discussions, requests for forgiveness, and reconciliation are essential for all Canadians to heal from the division and pain of racism and ostracism. This plenary offers the occasion to hear from historical and emerging leadership in the Two-Spirit communities, in order to broaden our understanding of their experience, and to enrich our appreciation of the contributions that Two-Spirit people can make to our understanding of ourselves

 

PARTICIPANTS:

 

Gina Metallic

Gina Metallic

Sylvia Maracle

Sylvia Maracle

Jack Saddleback

Jack Saddleback

Albert McLeod

Albert McLeod

Diane Labelle

Diane Labelle

Moderator


Intersex Realities

As the legal oppression of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and, more recently, trans Canadians is corrected by human rights legislation, Charter or Rights Protections, and changing social attitudes, it is imperative that the broader LGBTTIQA2S communities be aware of the continued legal and medical oppression of Intersex persons, who have not acquired any of the rights that our communities, increasingly, take for granted. The objectives of this panel are to sensitize the wider LGBTQ+ communities to the issues faced by Intersex persons as well as to give voice to the leadership that has emerged in the Intersex community.

PARTICIPANTS:

 

Janik Bastien-Charlebois

Janik Bastien-Charlebois

Olim Omilov

Olim Omilov

Katie Garrett

Katie Garrett

Bill Ryan

Bill Ryan

Moderator

And Morgan Holmes


LGBTTIQA2S Migrants and Refugees

Sexual minorities face terrifying discrimination and threats to their lives.  Canada’s immigration regime poses unique challenges for lgbttiqa2s refugees and migrants.  Many come from regions of the world where their identities are illegal or, at the very least, persecuted.  Where they once had to hide their identity, arriving in Canada means that they may have to prove it.  This panel will present and debate the issues faced by new Canadians and those who are trying to assert their claim to refugee status.

PARTICIPANTS:

 

Kimahli Powell

Kimahli Powell

Lani A. Trilène

Lani A. Trilène

Charlot Jeudy

Charlot Jeudy

Edward Ou Jin Lee

Edward Ou Jin Lee

Moderator