What matters most to our community? What are the most pressing issues facing Vancouver queers? How can we better unify to address them? Given our community’s inherent diversity in age, politics, ethnicity, ability, sexual identity, and more, how can we even begin to answer these questions? A group of Simon Fraser University students wants to find out.
Inspired by a class offered by SFU’s Dr. Martin Laba, students Avery Kwong, Paige Frewer, Ramsay Malange and Valerie Pho are out to make a positive change in Vancouver’s LGBTQ community. Using a “World Cafe” model, the event will consist of round table guided discussions based on discussions and questions raised on the group’s blog at http://thisisyourq.wordpress.com. At the end of the discussions, participants will return to the larger group to report back on individual sessions to consolidate the findings and insights.
“This Is Your Q is meant to reach out to Vancouver’s queer communities and facilitate the exchange of personal experiences and stories. An equal platform for ideas, perspectives, and voices is vital to the success of this event”, said the organizers in a press release.
After the dialogues, participants are invited to stay for an informal debrief and mingle session, which will be followed by a dance party with live queer entertainment from 9pm until late.
This is Your Q: Building Community Through Dialogue
Thursday, 5 April 2012 @ 5 – 8pm followed by a dance party @ 9pm – late
The Cobalt, 917 Main Street, Vancouver