Posts by Julia Horel

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    Toronto event: “EDUCATION, LIBERATION, ACTION!” Forum on Education and Equity

    March 18th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Organized by University of Toronto’s Transitional Year Programme Students and Alumni Over the last forty-three years, the Transitional Year Programme (TYP) has offered applicants a full-time access program uniquely geared towards historically underrepresented experiences, while also offering students with a chance to gain entry into the University of Toronto Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Science. In an age of austerity and cutbacks to similar programming, TYP has remained steadfast in the delivery of an academic bridging … READ MORE

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    Recommended Reading: Police (In)Justice: Responding Together to Change the Story

    March 4th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    From the Native Youth Sexual Health Network: We validate the many stories we’ve heard from families about a lack of police responsiveness and/or dehumanizing treatment directed at the missing woman themself, their family or friends. Families have expressed frustration and anguish of being ignored when they presented evidence countering police theories. For instance, pointing out that their loved ones disappeared without taking their wallet, clothes, or cell phone, told no one of their plans, left without … READ MORE

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    Centre for the Arts’ Film Camp for Teens Offers Comprehensive Training for Toronto Youth

    February 21st, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    For one productive and inspiring week this March Break in Toronto, Centre for the Arts will offer teens the opportunity to gain a firsthand look into the world of professional filmmaking through the Film Camp for Teens. Young filmmakers will train with some of Canada’s most respected talent during this 5-day intensive. Teens will participate in all aspects of filmmaking as they conceptualize, write, direct, act, light, shoot and edit their own short films. This … READ MORE

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    Call for Volunteers: Dyke March Toronto 2013

    February 20th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS TORONTO DYKE MARCH The Toronto Dyke March is ramping up for 2013 and we need your help! We are seeking a diversity of lesbian, bi and queer women as well as dyke-identified trans and 2-Spirit people who would like to help organise this year’s Dyke March and affiliated events, including parties, panels, political actions, and community art projects. We need both experienced members and those seeking to develop new skills. We need help with event coordination, … READ MORE

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    Feb 14 annual memorials and marches for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

    February 14th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Over the years, the February 14th Women’s Memorial March has expanded to cities across these lands, as well as internationally. The March is an opportunity for all cities and communities to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters and remember the women who are still missing. We encourage all women to journey and heal together by organizing memorials on this day because women face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a … READ MORE

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    Toronto conference: Making Noise! Learn. Act. Heal.

    February 12th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    The UARR would like to invite you to the Making Noise! Learn. Act. Heal. Community Conference on Gender-based Violence on March 1st and 2nd. Media, Art & Performances! Supports & Resources. Self-care Body Work. Interactive Workshops. Strategies for addressing gender-based violence. Making Noise! Learn. Act. Heal. Community Conference on Gender-based Violence is a gathering aimed at providing a space to explore interactive, practical, artistic and healing ways to address and prevent gender-based violence. The conference wraps … READ MORE

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    Queer from the Heart: Letters I Never Sent Showcase

    February 4th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    consensual. anti-racist. unapologetic. not your average burlesque. Start off your Valentines day week with consensual queer love that doesn’t fit into a box and an unapologetic showcase! Hosted by Dainty Box and Deb Singh! **Featuring: Franny annu saini Maria Mete Scorpio Rising Genie Emerald Aemilius (Milo) Black Eyed Floozy Joy Sidra Mahmood Ebonee Darling Red Mango Zaid Ade Jynx SPARKLE shout outs to Jenny for an AMAZING poster! more performer announcements coming soon… Monday February 11th Gladstone Ballroom Doors: 7pm Showcase: 8 - 10pm All Ages $5-15, PWYC No one turned away! Proceeds go towards supporting folks in our communities … READ MORE

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    Eating Disorders Awareness Week

    February 4th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Celebrating Our Natural Sizes February 3 - 9, 2013 The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (whose excellent motto is “It’s not our bodies that need changing. It’s our attitudes”) has some information and event listings on their website. They also have a great FAQ about getting help for yourself or loved ones, and a toll-free help line: 1-866-633-4220. … READ MORE

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    Toronto event: Idle No More Solidarity Action

    January 30th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    A space for allies to learn and unlearn in solidarity with the efforts of the Idle No More Movement Date: February 4th, 2013 Time: 4pm to 6pm Where: Ryerson University at Gould and Victoria Street Featuring: Chief Johnny Yellowhead Nibinamik First Nation Hon. Landon Pearson (Former Senator); Resource Centre for the study of Childhood and Children’s Rights, Carlton University Elijah (Chief Bear) Sugarbear Youth Leader and Student Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services Devon Meekis Creator of www.idlenomore.ca; Meekis Designs & 1/2 of HIP HOP Group F.A.M Alice Sabourin Community Arts Facilitator … READ MORE

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    Workshop series: Family Matters

    January 30th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Between 16 and 29 years old? 2SLGBTQQ (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or questioning)? Interested in talking and making art about families? LET’S SHARE OUR STORIES AND OUR STRENGTH! Apply to be a part of FAMILY MATTERS - a FREE arts-based workshop series for 2SLGBTQQ youth! FAMILY MATTERS is a 12-week workshop series for 2SLGBTQQ youth where we will explore the families we have, the families we want, and the families we are building. Some of the reflections, ideas, … READ MORE

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    DECOLONIZING OUR MINDS 2013: PRACTICING DECOLONIAL LOVE

    January 28th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO EQUITY STUDIES STUDENT UNION PRESENTS: DECOLONIZING OUR MINDS 2013: PRACTICING DECOLONIAL LOVE http://www.uoftessu.com/dom2013/ Over the last five years, ESSU’s annual Decolonizing Our Minds conferences have attempted to address the different ways groups practice resistance. This year, we want to focus on the affective and emotional narratives and journeys of decolonization by looking at the ways in which individuals and communities practice love. Junot Diaz once said, “The actual standard of decolonial love, how little discussed, … READ MORE

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    Recommended Reading: In Transition (Ryerson Review of Journalism)

    January 7th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    When even Canada’s top LGBT publication struggles to find the right words, will journalists ever accurately reflect the complexities within the trans community? The Ryerson Review of Journalism has a piece up about Elisha Lim, friend of Shameless, and their struggle to have their preferred pronouns used in queer media: “There was this one moment where I said I prefer the pronoun ‘they,’” Lim says. “It was kind of my shaky first attempt so I wasn’t too … READ MORE

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    Reclaiming Our Bodies & Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action Conference

    December 12th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    March 15, 16, and 17 2013 Reclaiming our bodies and Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action! Is a collaborative space for communities to come together, learn, network and develop skills. As people with disabilities it is our time to reclaim our bodies and minds, take control of the services we use, and work with our allies to achieve the freedom and autonomy we deserve. Call for proposals We are welcoming proposals for all three conference streams: * Disability Activism and Resistance * … READ MORE

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    Toronto workshop: ROOM: a poetry workshop for consumer-survivors

    December 4th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Room is a consumer-survivor initiative welcome 16- to 30-year-old women and trans folks who identify as and are marginalized by their history of mental illness and/or addiction. Our focus is on the inspiring and self-soothing qualities of art and the hoped-for experience of discovering, capturing and regaining the powerful concept of beauty in both the simple and awesome in the everyday life of a woman. Wednesdays - 2:00 to 4:00pm December 5th to January 30th Fort York Food Bank 797 … READ MORE

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    International Transgender Day of Remembrance 2012

    November 20th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Today, November 20, is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Check out this link for international event listings. If you’re in Toronto, you can attend this event: 7pm-9pm 519 Church Street Community Centre Join us for this annual event which marks and commemorates those trans members of our communities who are no longer with us. This event serves as a memorial, a protest, an opportunity for reflection and a chance to see old friends and meet new ones. The 519 … READ MORE

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    Toronto event: TORTURE AS PUBLIC TRUTH: The Case of Omar Khadr

    November 12th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    University of Toronto Equity Studies Students’ Union Presents… TORTURE AS PUBLIC TRUTH: The Case of Omar Khadr Lecture by Sherene Razack, Phd. http://www.uoftessu.com/tortureaspublictruth [free lecture followed by Q&A session] In this lecture, focusing on the torture of Omar Khadr, Sherene Razack will explore how torture comes to be a public truth in democratic regimes. How is torture written on the social body? How does a practice so extreme come to be seen as a necessary part of our everyday world, a … READ MORE

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    Recommended reading: Caitlin at the Mamafesto

    October 29th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Our own front-of-book editor, Caitlin Blennerhassett, is featured [being awesome] in an interview at the Mamafesto: My feminism is always changing, as I engage more with the literature, and as I experience living in different communities around the country. My feminism changed radically when I took a class in my Masters degree where we read Peggy McIntosh’s famous essay, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack” and many other relevant pieces like John Howard Griffin’s “Black Like … READ MORE

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    Call for participation: Attention: People With Body Parts

    October 29th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Attention: People With Body Parts is a new international project that encourage people to celebrate body parts and their connections to ourselves and to others. The moving movement started this summer as the creator, Lexie Bean, collected letters from folks who have written to one of their body parts to unpack how different bodies are layered and connected–but far from equal and whole. The book version of this project was released in October, and is … READ MORE

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    University of Toronto Equity Studies Students Union Presents…  LINKED OPPRESSIONS 2012

    October 26th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    November 6-9, 2012 Linked Oppressions was born out of the realization that racism, transphobia and homophobia are deeply affected by one another. The ways that each of these spaces of oppression are experienced is deeply affected by how we inhabit and exist within the world. Linked Oppressions will be a week of events that are dedicated to speaking about the issues that affect us, learning and healing. “There is no such things as a single-issue struggle because we … READ MORE

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    Toronto events: ROOKIE Yearbook One launch party and signings (x2)

    October 22nd, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    ROOKIE YEARBOOK LAUNCH + MASQUERADE PARTY with Tavi Gevinson Tavi Gevinson is coming to Magic Pony for the launch of ROOKIE Yearbook One and we are having a costume party to celebrate! There will be a book signing, art show, photo booth and Halloween dance party with guest ROOKIE DJs. There will also be candy. Lots of candy. Toronto based ROOKIE photographer Petra Collins will be curating and creating an art exhibit with work by ROOKIE contributors. … READ MORE

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