Feminist Reading Group!

WHAT: We’ve started a feminist reading group!  We will meet once a month to discuss a different text and the first book we’re reading is One Hundred Demons, a graphic novel by Lynda Barry.

Event poster for 'Levana Feminist Reading Group Reads One Hundred Demon'.

The book is available at bookstores like Novel Idea or borrow a copy for free from our library (come visit us at the Grey House!), the public library, or Stauffer library (3-hour reserve loan for Queen’s students).

We’re meeting to discuss the book on
WHEN: Wednesday, December 1st at 6pm
WHERE: Central Kingston Frontenac Public Library branch in the Boucher Room (130 Johnson St.)
Everyone is welcome! The venue is wheelchair accessible.  Please let us know if there’s any other way we can make this event convenient and/or accessible for you.

Check out the facebook event.

We will also discuss “Of Monsters and Mothers: Filipina American Identity and Maternal Legacies in Lynda J. Barry’s One Hundred Demons,” an article written by Melinda Luisa de Jesús.  You are welcome to download the article by clicking on that link or reading it online here.

Happy reading!

Come check us out at the Zine Fair!

We’ll have a table at the Second Kingston Zine Fair THIS SATURDAY to distribute zines from our zine library.  Come check us out!  About half of the zines we carry are listed here, but we won’t be selling them all so if you have any requests, let us know in the comments.  Information from the facebook event:

The Second Kingston Zine Fair will be held at the Artel on Saturday 30th October, from 11 AM to 5 PM.  If you make zines, or chapbooks, or anything else that involves printing on paper, this is your chance to show your creations to an interested audience. You can also meet with others in the local scene, to share information and support.

If you would like to take part, or would simply like more information, please contact Bill Gillespie at info@kingstonzines.com

Otherwise come out to check it out! There will also be live DJs from CFRC Radio 101.9FM spinning tunes for you!

See you this Saturday at the Artel from 11am to 5pm!

Planting the Seeds has changed its date!

We forgot that lots of folks would be out of town on the Friday for the long weekend!  So we moved the date of Planting the Seeds: A Social Justice Fair up to Wednesday, October 6th.  Hope to see you there!

And if you are part of a group or organization that does social justice and/or community organizing work and would like to have a table at the fair, there’s still time to contact us!  E-mail us at levanacentre@gmail.com

Planting the Seeds!

Event poster for 'Planting the Seeds: A Social Justice Fair'. Detailed descriptions below.

[Image is a poster for the event. In orange and blue text it reads ‘Planting the Seeds: A Social Justice Fair Get involved in social justice and community organizing initiatives on campus & in town! October 8 3-5pm in Wallace Hall (JDUC)’. In the bottom left corner there are three blue plants with hands for flowers. The background is a beige-green colour’.]

WHAT: Planting the Seeds: A Social Justice Fair is a bit like the annual Clubs Night, but you don’t have to filter through booths to get to the social justice and community organizing work you’re looking for!  Come check out various groups and organizations on campus and in town doing social justice work, meet progressive folks in the community, and eat some free catered snacks!

WHERE AND WHEN:Come out to Wallace Hall in the JDUC anytime from 3pm to 5pm on October 8th!

If you are a group or organization involved in social justice and organizing and are interested in having a booth at the fair, please contact us at levanacentre@gmail.com.

Also: for those with an interest in progressive community at Queen’s and in Kingston, please check out the full list of events in September and October for Rad Frosh here (a radical disability politics workshop, a panel on Indigenous resistance, and more!), and Queerientation here.

An Introduction

our new logo!Friends & lovers,

Welcome to the brand new website for the brand new Levana Gender Advocacy Centre!  We used to be the Women’s Centre at Queen’s, but we spent this summer changing gears and striving to make the Centre trans-inclusive and an advocate for broader ideas of gender empowerment (for those of any or no gender).  We will be looking to more strongly assert ourselves politically and provide radical and alternative feminist resources, programming, and community in Kingston and at Queen’s University.  These things are very new and we’re sure to stumble, so we’ll be self-reflexive about our decisions and make sure we’re held accountable for any mistakes we make.  We encourage you to contact us and let us know about any issues.  For now, please read about why we named ourselves Levana, learn about our new mandate in the About Us section, and let us know what you think.

As we wrote earlier, we need your help to learn and grow.  What kinds of things would you like to see from a feminist, sex-positive, anti-oppressive, trans-inclusive, queer-positive, radical group/space? (Gasp! That was a mouthful.) What kinds of material would you like to see in our alternative resource library?  What are some zines you wish you could get your hands on?  What sorts of things make you feel comfortable in a space?  What would you like to see on this website?  Where do you like to be kissed?  It’s all relevant!  Let us know what you think in the comments.  Or send us an e-mail at levanacentre@gmail.com.

If you want to be involved in the creation of this centre, let us know!  We’re on the lookout for steering collective members and volunteers!

Ka-Pow! Gender justice punch!

The Centre