Toronto Queer Zine Fair seeks to make space for traditionally marginalized voices in the zine community. While accepting applications from all self-identified queer/trans* folks, TQZF chooses to prioritize the voices of trans women, trans women of colour, queer people of colour, indigenous/two-spirited folks, and non-binary folks. Toronto Queer Zine Fair is an alternative zine fair focusing on the radical and political history/philosophy of zines and giving a platform to those often under-represented in zine culture.
Toronto Queer Zine Fair is a direct response to the lack of accessibility, queer & trans* visibility, and focus on zines represented in the “zinefests” organized annually in Toronto and the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), namely, Canzine, Zine Dream, Kazoofest, etc. The primary items tabled should be zines. Distribution of books, crafts, art, etc. should be kept to a minimum.
SAFER SPACE POLICY & ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
Toronto Queer Zine Fair seeks to provide a space that is accessible physically, financially, and emotionally. TQZF will be held in a building that is accessible for those with wheelchairs and other mobility aids; the bathrooms will be gender-neutral and physically accessible. We ask that you do not wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products. No alcohol will be served at TQZF, but we believe in a harm reduction approach, and understand if you must use alcohol or other mood-altering substances to attend a social event; we simply ask that, if you do so, please respect the boundaries of those in attendance who may not want to be near alcohol & other substances, or be witness to the effects of such. We will have active listeners and childcare on-site.
Abusers are not welcome in our space. Those called out for abuse who have refused to undergo accountability or mediation processes to the satisfaction of the survivor are not welcome to table, or to attend.
There will be active reminders and discussions about space and boundaries as well as not assuming people’s genders based on their presentation. That means, do not touch people or take their photos, etc., without first asking for their consent, and do not address anybody by gendered terms without first inquiring about their pronouns. It’s okay to ask what pronouns we use. The use of oppressive language/behaviour (whether it is ableist, racist, transphobic, and so on) will not be tolerated.
- The TQZF Collective / firstname.lastname@example.org
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