Gender Difference, Gender Oppression & Mental Health Panel and Discussion

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Co-sponsored by Queen’s Pride Project, OPIRG Kingston, the ASUS Equity Commission and the AMS Social Issues Commission. 


Please join us for a discussion about the complex ways in which gender and gender oppression intersect with mental health and emotional well-being. We welcome audience feedback, and will provide ample time for questions and dialogue.

This venue is accessible.
Childcare available upon request- email
Trigger Support Available

Issues our panelists will be raising: 
– How experiences of stigma intersect with experiences of social marginalization based on systemic forms of oppression such as sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism and ableism.
– The role of gendered socialization and social expectations on mental health. Why, for example, are there substantial differences between men/women/gender queer/LGBTQ+ persons in the rate of occurrence of certain mental health issues?
– The placement of race in discussions of gender-role performance and mental health.
– The need for a theoretical shift away from gender binaries in the distribution of mental health and medical services.

This event comes with a few necessary trigger warnings: misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism, abelism, eating disorders and suicide. 

WHERE/WHEN: Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202 6pm- 9pm ish


Featured Panelists:

David Lewis-Peart
Program Coordinator with Community MicroSkills Development Centre

David is currently employed as a Program Coordinator with a large not-for profit organization in Toronto’s Westend, leading a team working directly in-school with inner-city high school youth at risk of non-completion. A graduate of York University and George Brown College, David has worked as a trained Human Services Counsellor, Consultant and Community-based researcher working with racialised, sexual minority and youth populations for nearly a decade. Outside of this, David, an ordained New Thought Minister, co-pastors a quarterly interfaith gathering in Toronto, presenting and facilitating groups throughout the city on the intersections of race, sex, sexuality, and faith(s). His graduate research on sexual minority Black young men has been used in the development of Picasso’s Black Canvas, a verbatim theater piece crafted by the award winning collective, Project: Humanity.

Tess Vo
Supervisor of reachOUT Program
Griffin Centre

Tess Vo is the Supervisor of Griffin Centre’s reachOUT Program. reachOUT is a creative, inclusive & accessible program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and adults in the Greater Toronto Area. Activities include drop-in groups, community outreach, art & skills exchange, counselling, training and consultation. During her 15 year career, she has worked in various LGBTQ and community health centres in Toronto and New York City and has co-authored a number of articles focusing on sexuality, HIV, settlement and mental health, incorporating community-based approaches to research. In addition, Tess is also the producer, director and co-writer of Our Compass, a short documentary that was collaboratively made with a group of 8 LGBTQ youth labeled with intellectual disabilities. Our Compass highlighted how the experiences of these youth troubled the prevalent and historical paternalistic and institutional treatment of young people as service users. 

Dr. Joey Bonifacio
Lead Physician at the Trans Youth Clinic
Hospital for Sick Children

Joey is a staff pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and lecturer at the University of Toronto. He also works as an adolescent medicine specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Covenant House, a Catholic shelter for homeless youth, and Evergreen, a street clinic for at-risk youth through the Yonge Street Mission. His interests include homeless & street-involved youth, immigrant teens, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescents. He is currently the lead physician of the new *Trans Youth Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children which provides timely medical management to youth with gender dysphoria.

Lorraine Chick
Nurse Practitioner at the Department of Family Medicine
Queen’s University

Lorraine Chick is a Nurse Practitioner working in primary care at Queen’s Family Health Team here in Kingston. She graduated as an RN in 1987 and since then has completed a B.Sc. in Biology from Concordia University, a Master’s of Nursing Science from the University of Ottawa and most recently her NP certification in 2008 from Queen’s University. Personal experience as a lesbian both in the role of health care provider and as a receiver of health care services has informed her practice and generated a keen interest in the questions surrounding gender and the associated impact on mental health. Lorraine is a wife and the mother of an exceptional 8-year-old boy. 

Dr. Mike Condra
Director at Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS)
Queen’s University

Dr. Condra is a registered psychologist and the Director of Health, Counseling and Disability Services (HCDS) at Queen’s University. He has many roles including personal counselling for students, teaching in the Psychology and Psychiatry departments and generally overseeing the operations of all three departments in HCDS.

Author: levanacentre

Nurturing a radical community, fighting gender oppression, & advocating for broad ideas of gender empowerment (for those of any or no gender) in Kingston.

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