Celebration as Resistance

2560“This is a really beautiful way of celebrating each other, while the world is burning down outside: we’re here, we’re not going anywhere.” – Coco Layne, one of the attendees of New York’s Queer Lunar New Year dance party

Resistance can take shape in many ways. For some, it is through study. Others, through direct action, and community work. The Guardian article linked below tells the story of the Yellow Jackets Collective who organized a dance party that invoked their commitment to anti-oppression, intersectionality, and counter-hegemonic struggle.
In these difficult times, we have to allow ourselves to celebrate ourselves and honour those who have paved the way before us. Our rejoicing co-exists with our struggles. Those at the margins should not apologize for taking up space that the system tries to take away at every opportunity. In between the moments of mourning and sorrow, we can remind each other to feel and hold each others’ embodied joy.

Asian, queer and dancing defiance: ‘Everything we do now is resistance”

Don’t miss the 2017 McGill Sexual Health Fair

2017 Sexual Health Fair

2017 Sexual Health Fair

Check out McGill’s Sexual Health Fair being held this coming Thursday, February 16th, 2017 from 14:00 to 18:00 in the SSMU Building. Room 108. Sex, sexuality and sexual identity mean different things to different people. Join us at the McGill Sexual Health Fair to learn and discuss in a sex positive environment.

For more information, check out the Facebook event here.

Mental Health and Self-Care for the Queer Activist of Colour

It’s understandable that at times, one finds themselves emotionally, mentally, and even physically drained given the state of current affairs. A number of studies have shown the deleterious impact of systemic realities on marginalized peoples’ health. Activism is often a channel through which these individuals find opportunities to connect with community, self-empower, and undertake sense-making processes in the context of a society that disadvantages them.

The system is not here to make it easier on vulnerable persons to undertake counter-hegemonic struggle. Researchers from the University of Rhode Island, Drs. Annemarie Vaccaro and Jasmine Mena, published the article linked below in 2011 wherein they studied the experiences of university-based queer activists of colour. The study uncovered the internal and external pressures inherent in donning the role of “activist” as well as the heterogeneous ways that these individuals cope with the challenges.

It’s Not Burnout, It’s More: Queer College Activists of Color and Mental Health

Welcome to Black History Month 2017

Black History Month 2017

Black History Month 2017

Welcome to Black History Month 2017 at McGill University. This marks the 10th anniversary of Black History Month being observed in the province of Québec and the 1st year that McGill will be recognizing it at an institutional level. The Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office, in collaboration with partners across the University and throughout the wider community, will be bringing you a host of informative and engaging activities throughout the month of February. We welcome you to join us in the celebration! Come out to meet some of the People of Colour in your community and find out more about Black histories and experiences at McGill, in Montreal, and across Canada and the world. A schedule of events can be found here. For any information or to get involved as a volunteer, please contact blackhistory.sede@mcgill.ca.

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