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Gender & Sexuality

Queer + Trans History BC and Canada


Gender & Sexuality

In 2020, CAN launched Gender & Sexuality. This workshop is about the rainbow alphabet: 2SLGBTQIA+ (2 Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic/Agender, Plus).

We discuss the spectrum of gender and sexuality, intersecting identities, current language, and ways you can be an ally. Time allows for a Q&A.

No prior experience or knowledge is necessary. The workshop is a welcoming environment for participants to ask questions even if they are unsure about the appropriate language or how to ask questions. We welcome anyone who wants to learn more and develop an understanding of those within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

This workshop empowers participants to develop an increased level of comfort of understanding about the ueer community. We want to answer the questions raised in the room. And, if we don’t have the answers, we will assist you in discovering where to find the answers.

A terminology guide is included in the workshop as a handout.

(Rainbow umbrella with rain and stars and text that says Proud and Loud.)

Queer + Trans History BC and Canada

Queer + Trans History BC

This workshop will take participants through some of British Columbia’s milestone moments in 2SLGBTQIA+ history. We will journey from the 1950s, a time when homosexuality was a crime, to current day. Learn about the people and organizations that fought for, and secured, the rights, freedoms, and protections we currently hold. The workshop will cover the many firsts in British Columbia, including the first gay rights protest, first dyke march, and the first Pride house in the Olympic Games. Please join us to learn more about queer and trans history in B.C.

Queer + Trans History Canada

This workshop will take you through the highlights of Canada’s history, including milestone moments during each decade!  We will journey from  the 1950s, when homosexuality was considered to be a “curable illness” to today, given in bite-sized pieces. Did you know that Quebec was the 2nd place in the world to provide human rights protections? Or that the Canadian Navy’s 1st kiss was on BC soil? We will see just how far our laws and media have come in regards to 2SLGBTQIA+ consideration. We will also highlight some of the rights and protections we are still fighting for today! We welcome you to join us in learning more about queer and trans history.

(Text reads trans rights are human rights, under text are trans flag colours blue, pink, and white.)
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