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Toronto Event: Queering Black History Month

February 21st, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments


DATE: Wednesday, February 29 - 5:30pm until 8:30pm PLACE: Ryerson Students’ Union Centre at 55 Gould St (Church St. and Gould St., Toronto). Room: SCC 115

Facebook event page:!/events/130358727029879/

Queering Black History Month is back for its second year!

Please join the Ryerson community as we celebrate Queer and Trans African, Black, and Caribbean people in Canada.

On Wednesday, February 29th, 2012, we will continue to honour and re-insert the lives, experiences and amazing achievements of Queer and Trans people into the discussions of Black History Month.

The evening will begin with a reception, accompanied by hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a beautiful photography exhibition documenting Toronto’s incredible Ballroom Vogue Scene. Later, a panel discussion will honour the work and stories of Queer and Trans African, Black and Caribbean Canadians, both past and present. The night will end with a very special performance by the House of Monroe, celebrating their 5th Anniversary!

The space is wheelchair accessible. We will also have ASL interpretation at the event.

Our panelists: *Patricia Koine: Human Rights Advocate, Community Mental Health Worker, and Founder of Gays and Lesbians of African Descent (GLAD) *Kim Crosby: Activist & Multidisciplinary Artist ( and Co-Founder of The People Project ( *Rev. David Lewis-Peart: Prevention Program Coordinator, Community-based Researcher, and Co-founder of Seed II Soil Coaching & Consulting *Dr. Wesley Crichlow: Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at UOIT, and Author of Buller Men Batty Bwoys: Hidden Men in Toronto and Halifax Black Communities

For more information, contact organizers Lali Mohamed at or Rodney Diverlus, RSU’s Vice-President Equity at

This event is supported by the Ryerson Students’ Union, The Office of the Vice-President Provost, PFACS, Deviant Productions, Students’ Against Racism and RyePRIDE.

Many thanks to XTRA! for their generous media sponsorship and Christopher Cushman for the incredible photography.

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