WHAT: Spoken Word: Featuring Andrea Gibson and Guests
WHEN: Friday, March 21st, 2014
7-8:30pm, $13 per person
WHERE: The St. Lawrence Ballroom (350 person capacity), 
Residence Inn by Marriott at Kingston Water’s Edge, 
7 Earl St, Kingston, ON 
*Venue is accessible; parking available on-site


Attendance bursaries available through Levana Gender Advocacy Centre:


If you would like to buy a combined ticket ($20) for one-person admission to the performance and one-person admission to the HARS “Rouge” Dance, you will save $3 for the Rouge: The Country Edition (HARS fundraiser) ticket (otherwise, $10 each). Limited number available. 

More information on “Rouge: The Country Edition (fundraiser for HIV/AIDS Regional Services Kingston)” event here: 


Three spoken word artists from the LGBTTIQQ2S* communities will be selected to perform before Andrea Gibson. The deadline for spoken word submissions, by video or audio recording of an original piece, will be Wednesday March 5th by 4pm. Send all submissions to 

The event will be emceed by Raissa Simone – a talented spoken word performer, affiliated with Slam Kingston and POC Talk.

The host groups (still growing) include: 
Queen’s Pride, Levana Gender Advocacy Centre, Positive Space, Slam Kingston, Ontario Public Interest Research Group Kingston (OPIRG Kingston), POC Talk, Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP), Sexual Health Resource Centre (SHRC), Queen’s Poetry Slam (QPS), Education on Gender Issues (EGI), Kingston Pride, HIV/AIDS Regional Services
Kingston (HARS), Mental Health Awareness Committee (MHAC), Queen’s Creative Writing Club and Collective Reflections.

Event Sponsors: Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge and Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel

We thank all groups for their generous contribution/collaboration to help make this event a possibility.


Gender Difference, Gender Oppression & Mental Health Panel and Discussion

Image is a poster for the event ''Gender Difference,Gender Oppression & Mental Health Panel and Discussion'.

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.





In the 20th and 21st centuries, gender and gender identity have taken on a variety of increasingly complex meanings. Questions about how different groups experience and identify in regards to gender, race, class and culture have caused some to question the ongoing utility of International Women’s Week and what it signifies to diverse populations. By posing the question “Is International Women’s Week still relevant? Why or why not? And if not, how can we make it more inclusive and meaningful?”, we hope to engage in an interrogation of, and reflection on, the role of IWW and how it is celebrated. 

Co-sponsored by Queen’s Pride and OPIRG Kingston.

Coffee and Refreshments will be Provided

WHERE/ WHEN: Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202 March 6th 6pm

WHO (The Panelists): 

Morgan M Page (Odofemi) is a twenty-something writer, performance + video artist, award-winning activist, and Santera currently living in Toronto. She works in the social services, coordinating programs for trans youth, trans adults, and trans sex workers in downtown Toronto. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Youthline’s Outstanding Contribution to Community Empowerment Award at the Community Youth Awards for her work creating T-GUAVA (Trans Girls and Guys United Against Violent Assault), Canada’s first program to address intimate partner abuse among trans youth. 

Dana Wesley completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Women’s Studies at Queen’s University in Fall 2009. She joined the first cohort of Gender Studies M.A. students in the Winter of 2010 and is really excited about the project that she is working on currently with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Dana is originally from Moose Cree First Nation in Moose Factory, Ontario but considers Kingston her second home. Dana’s interests are diverse, but if she had to describe them via academic terms, they’d include a combination of Indigenous Feminisms and Queer Theory. She strives to make her work accessible and relevant to Indigenous communities (especially youth), but particularly wants to work on projects that focus on Two Spirit peoples, Indigenous everyday resistances and radical community building. She is also actively involved in the anti-oppressive/anti-racist and Indigenous communities on campus.

Krystle Maki is a PhD candidate and Vanier Scholar in the department of Sociology at Queen’s University researching surveillance practices administered in Ontario Works (social assistance) and the intersectional impacts of neoliberal welfare surveillance on low income populations, specifically single mothers. The research is a combination of over a decade of anti-poverty activism, in depth interviews, focus groups, participation with and alongside social movements, policy analysis and her lived experiences with poverty and gendered violence.

Mary Rita Holland (Provincial NDP Candidate) is a founding member of the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market, the Project Manager for the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission and has served as a Policy Analyst for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Mary Rita has a BA, a Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy.






Goat Dance Partyyyyy

A chance to support the lovely Sleepless Goat. 

DANCE PARTY with DJ YOLO as part of our month-long fundraiser for our soup program. Decorations? Yes. A lip syncing competition? Heck yes. AND $3 BEERS!?! Y.E.S 

Every day The Sleepless Goat offers soup to anyone in need of a healthy, hot meal, regardless of their economic reality. We’re reaching out to the community for support in this ongoing endeavor, and so we look forward to seeing you all there!

WHERE: The Sleepless Goat 

WHEN: Saturday March 1st 2014 8pm

Check out the facebook event here:

From Awareness to Action: How understanding race, class and gender privilege can help us build a more just and equitable society – a talk with Chris Crass

Chris Crass comes to Kingston!

Wednesday March 5, 1-2:30pm
Robert Sutherland Room, JDUC, Queen’s Campus (99 University Ave)

American society is far more diverse because of the gains of the Civil Rights, feminist, Lesbian and Gay, immigrant and disability rights movements which have changed laws, broken barriers, and transformed how people relate to one another. How can we move from personal awareness to collective action for equality? Author and organizer Chris Crass will draw lessons from American social movements as well as his own experiences in social movements over the past 25 years to help us see how divisions of race, class and gender can become bridges to help expand democracy and create healthier communities. From civil rights and women’s liberation to Occupy Wall Street and immigrant justice, Crass brings together effective strategies for social change that have put awareness of privilege into action that can further democracy for us all. 

Sponsored by: CUPE Local 2202, Kingston and District Labour Council, Levana Gender Advocacy Centre, OPIRG Kingston, PSAC Women’s Committee, Queen’s University Department of Sociology, The Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS), Studies in National and International Development (SNID), and We Don’t Stop Kingston.

Check out the facebook event here:

Culture Jamming Workshop!

Looking forward to attending and supporting this rad event!!!

Popular culture can seem shallow and meaningless when its glossy advertisements are examined critically. We can learn a great deal about the norms and biases our culture holds and can reveal the ways that power and privilege permeate our daily lives. 
Please join us on Wednesday February 26, 6:30-8:30pm at The AKA Autonomous Social Centre. for a workshop where we look at these images and think of creative ways to alter or re-appropriate them into something more positive. Feel free to bring magazines or other examples of advertising images. We will use culture jamming and cultural reappropriation to make art that can be considered along feminist, anti-capitalist, anti-racist lines.

Snacks, and childcare are provided, RSVPs appreciated. To register for childcare please email The space is accessible, with a gender neutral washroomImage

WHAT’S THAT?? You (OH YES YOU) could be on the SAME stage, sharing YOUR poetry, and opening for the incredible ANDREA GIBSON?



Call for Submissions: Spoken WordAre you a spoken word artist from LGBTTIQQ2S* communities? Ever want to share your words alongside the well-known poet and queer activist Andrea Gibson? Well, here is your chance.

Submit a video or audio recording (up to 5min long) of you performing an original spoken word piece. Send an email to Include a brief biography, your full name and your contact information in the email.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Wednesday March 5th 2014 4pm
Three spoken word artists will be selected to perform before Andrea Gibson at an event on Friday March 21st 2014 (World Poetry Day). Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

* Including, but not limited to: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Two Spirited


Spoken Word: Andrea Gibson and Guests
Friday, March 21st, 2014
7-8:30pm, $13 per person
The St. Lawrence Ballroom (400 person capacity),
Residence Inn by Marriott at Kingston Water’s Edge,
7 Earl St, Kingston, ON
*Venue is accessible; parking available on-site

Event promo to come… ticket sales will start soon. Spread the word.

The event will be emceed by Raissa Simone – a talented spoken word performer, affiliated with Slam Kingston and POC Talk.

The host groups (still growing) include:
Queen’s Pride, Positive Space, Slam Kingston, POC Talk, Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP), Sexual Health Resource Centre (SHRC), Queen’s Poetry Slam (QPS), Education on Gender Issues (EGI), Kingston Pride, Mental Health Awareness Committee (MHAC)  Collective Reflections and Levana Gender Advocacy Centre

We thank all groups for their generous contributions to help make this event a possibility.


“It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement – the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam – Gibson has headlined with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love and spirituality.”

Check out the event page here: