Greetings and salutations, dear OOCers!
 
Goodness how time flies when there’s lots going on. Since last we newsletter’d we had a great, thought-provoking time at Romantic Notions (our Dean Spade event, co-sponsored with SFPIRG, the Women’s Centre, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies department), workshop’d on Self Care and Suicide Awareness, and visited with Power to Change to break down some barriers across our communities. Phew.
 
And we barely have time to take a breath before we charge headlong into Queer Awareness Week, which starts Monday, March 11th! But you’ll read about that below. You’ll also read about all kinds of great stuff the Women’s Centre is doing around International Women’s Day (under the Community Events and Happenings section).
 
Today’s newsletter includes a job posting for another organization, and comes accompanied by strong concerns about the organization’s problematic policies. Vancouver Rape Relief excludes trans* women from volunteering for their organization, and — although we have had trouble finding explicit policies regarding who can access their services — it seems clear from the arguments they used in taking legal action to uphold this exclusion against Kimberly Nixon that they do not consider trans* women to be women.

Their stances are extremely problematic, and their actions do not align with our Mission Statement: “…to reduce discrimination and increase awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people… We are committed to resisting all forms of discrimination and oppression…”. However, we recognize that there are many in our community who could really use paid work, and that the work they do, while objectionably limited, remains an important service. It is at this intersection of recognizing the very problematic aspects of their organization and the potential financial need of people in our membership that we pass along the details of this posting.

Contents
 

Queer Awareness Week Events
1. Gender Workshop, Monday March 11th 3:30-5:30pm in MBC 2290
2. Community Mixer, Tuesday March 12th 4:30-6:00pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)
3. Movie & Discussion Night — Rent!, Wednesday March 13th 6:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)
4. Safer Sex: Negotiating Boundaries, Thursday March 14th 10:00-11:30am in MBC 2294
5. Kick Out Prejudice Soccer Workshop, Friday March 15th 3:30-7:00pm in EDB 7550

6. Queering Disability Justice: Sex, Our Bodies, and Liberation, Saturday March 16th 10:30am-5:30pm at SFU Harbour Centre
Other Out on Campus Events
7. Vancouver All Gender Swing Lesson, Live Jazz Band, & DANCING!!! Saturday Mar 23rd 7:30pm, Rhizome Cafe
Community Events and Happenings
8. Cycle of Juvenile Justice: The Crisis of Aboriginal Youth, Wednesday March 6th 6:30pm
9. IWD Pancake Breakfast at the Women’s Centre! Thursday March 7th 10am-3pm (TC3013)
10. Self-Defense Class for Self-Identified and Gender Queer Women, Sat Mar 9th & Sat Mar 16th 11am-5pm, Women’s Centre (TC3013)
11. UBC Sexual Assault Support Services staff at UBC visits SFU, Monday March 11th 5:30-7:00pm, GSS Lounge MBC2212
12. Vancouver Rape Relief Job Posting
13. Transgender Health Program Survey

 

 

1. Gender Workshop, Monday March 11th 3:30-5:30pm in MBC 2290
Queer awareness week kicks off with a gender workshop. Come and learn about what gender is really about. What is gender? How does it differ from sex? These questions will be answered and more. Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

2. Community Mixer, Tuesday March 12th 4:30-6:00pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)
The fun continues with a community mixer. Meet and mingle with faculty and other SFU community members. This provides an opportunity to talk about the role of community on our campus, specifically with self-identified gender and sexual minorities.

3. Movie & Discussion Night — Rent!, Wednesday March 13th 6:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

If you like music and theatre, be sure to attend the movie and discussion night! We will be showing RENT! It’s really simple: sing about contemporary issues such as HIV/AIDS and poverty, and then talk about it after.

4. Safer Sex: Negotiating Boundaries, Thursday March 14th 10:00-11:30am in MBC 2294

Sexual safety takes more than a bowl free condoms! Out on Campus is hosting Safer Sex: Negotiating Boundaries. Light breakfast will be provided.

5. Kick Out Prejudice Soccer Workshop, Friday March 15th 3:30-7:00pm in EDB 7550

Fight against prejudice and discrimination, all while breaking a sweat and getting a good workout. Out on Campus and Power to Change host Kick Out Prejudice where all are invited to participate and play soccer to bring people closer together. Nutritious and delicious food will follow.

6. Queering Disability Justice: Sex, Our Bodies, and Liberation, Saturday March 16th 10:30am-5:30pm at SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver)
SFU Harbour Centre, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
Registration REQUIRED via this link: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/132176450
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/492275000808118/

***We’ll be offering snacks in the morning, as well as lunch. Please refrain from wearing scented products, as we are striving to be a scent-reduced space. We are happy to help set up a wide range of accommodations but do require advance notice. Please contact Samonte Cruz with accommodation requests ASAP at ooc@sfss.ca or call 778-782-8140.

Queering Disability Justice participants will work to further understand the many ways our disabilities, sexualities and genders disrupt the norm and enrich movements for social justice. We’ll explore both social and personal perceptions of disability, broaden our engagement with ableism’s impact on our bodies & minds, and explore new possibilities for disability justice in our personal lives and communities using Theater of the Oppressed (TO) techniques. This is an interactive theater workshop for queer & trans/gender variant folk with disabilities and their support people.

FAQs for Queering Disability Justice: Sex, Our Bodies, and Liberation
What if I don’t identify with the term ‘disabled’, can I still attend? People with all types and degrees of disabilities are invited to participate. We understand that not everyone who experiences altered body/mind abilities may identify with the term disabled for various reasons and that’s ok! We use the term disability as inclusively as possible.

Can allies participate? For this workshop, we will be centralizing the experiences of queer & trans/gender variant people with disabilities. However, we understand that people with disabilities often require support people and/or significant others to help make their worlds more accessible. If you are a person with a disability and have someone in your life that you think would benefit from witnessing and supporting the work we accomplish in this workshop, we encourage you to invite them to register as an ally. Support people attending the workshop should indicate their ally status on their registration form so we can maintain a healthy ratio between folk with disabilities and allies. Please note: while we appreciate the interest, this workshop is not meant for professional support people, or allies that are not active support people for (and/or significant others to) people with disabilities. After reading this description, if you’re not sure you qualify to attend but are still interested in participating, please contact Samonte Cruz at ooc@sfss.ca or 778-223-4572.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Colin Kennedy Donovan is an anti-racist “white” physically (dis)abled trans activist, educator,performer and writer. He has performed and facilitated workshops and trainings across the U.S. and Canada on issues of race, disability, gender, sexuality, and class for over 10 years. Using Theater of the Oppressed techniques, Colin approaches organizing with an intersectional lens and bridges intellectual discussion with embodied practice. This approach leaves participants empowered on both a personal and practical level, enabling them to deepen their understanding as organizers, activists, and community members and apply this knowledge to concrete situations in everyday life.

ABOUT THEATER OF THE OPPRESSED/THEATER OF THE OPPRESSOR: Theater of the Oppressed is a body of theater exercises developed by Brazilian activist Augusto Boal to promote political change and social justice. Designed for non-actors and community members, it enables participants to explore the impact of oppression and privilege on our bodies and minds, as well as find concrete ways to interrupt and transform our lives for the better through action. Image Theater, one of the main techniques I use, allows participants to “show” oppression and privilege, in addition to discussing it verbally. The exercises are generally non-verbal, and encourage a different level of understanding of anti-oppression and organizing work that deepens the impact and outcomes of that work.

Forum Theater provides a concrete way for participants to practice intervention in everyday situations of oppression or privilege through the development of skits based on lived experiences in the group. The group works together to enact different “solutions” to each situation, getting a chance to determine and practice effective approaches. It is a particularly effective anti-racist organizing/learning model.

Theater of the Oppressed is in continual change and development, and is practiced all over the world. One of the current innovations is what has been called “Theater of the Oppressor,” which is an adaption on some of the original techniques to include discussion of privilege as well as oppression, and work with groups of folks specifically privileged by a social category as an educational method. In this context, Forum Theater provides a concrete way for participants to practice intervention in everyday situations of oppression or privilege through the development of skits based on lived experiences in the group. The group works together to enact a number of “solutions” to each situation, getting a chance to determine and practice differing approaches. It is a particularly effective anti-racist organizing/learning tool.

The Rainbow of Desire techniques are particularly designed to explore internalized oppression and also share some overlap with Forum theater techniques. Participants embody and act out different aspects of what may be blocking them from moving through situations or oppression. They are a particularly powerful set of techniques when working around the issues of disability and sexuality.

7. Vancouver All Gender Swing Lesson, Live Jazz Band, & DANCING!!! Saturday Mar 23rd 7:30pm

Rhizome Café, 317 E. Broadway

Dust off your dancing shoes and burn up the dance floor to the hot sound of the Butter & Egg Band playing traditional New Orleans style jazz.

A one-hour all gender swing lesson will be taught at 8pm by Monica Weitzer & Robert Hein.

The instructors aim to create a safe space to learn to swing dance in which there are no expectations about what role you will fill based on perceived gender, and in which both partners will be taught to physically communicate in a respectful manner through dance. And after the lesson, dance to the Butter and Egg Band!

$2-10 sliding scale

The Butter & Egg Band has been playing swing dances, club and bistro dates around Vancouver for almost two years, playing mainly traditional, New Orleans style jazz.
 

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/293670847427713/

 

8. Cycle of Juvenile Justice: The Crisis of Aboriginal Youth, Wednesday March 6th 6:30pm, 7000 Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room

First Nations Student Association
Cycle of Juvenile Justice: The Crisis of Aboriginal Youth
March 6th (Wednesday) 18:30-21:30
7000 Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room
Contact: Alissa Derrick
Email: alissaderrick@gmail.com

Come Join the First Nation Student Association (SFU) for our first Aboriginal Criminology Series. We examine the depths of Aboriginal youth in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). Take the initiative with FNSA to learn from each panelist concerning Aboriginal in the CJS, Policy Measures, and Community Programing.

We encourage all community members, students, and those working with youth to attend the event, ITS FREE!

Panelists:

Together
Richard Lavelle
Aboriginal Liaison
Diversity and Aboriginal Policing
Vancouver Police Department

Richard Willier
Youth Probation Officer – Aboriginal Specialist
Ministry of Children and Family Development

Stephen Anderson
Bail Supervisor – Probation Officer
Ministry of Justice

Steve Curt
Constable
Hanuse Musqueam
Vancouver Police Department

 

9. IWD Pancake Breakfast at the Women’s Centre! Thursday March 7th 10am-3pm (TC3013)
All genders invited!

Last semester we celebrated our history with Choice game changers from this campus. This semester we’re right here in the present – letting you know about the 10+ events we have coming over the month of a variety of interests.

Come for some free pancakes, see the resources for your term paper! Make friends, make buttons and see what else we are about for the life of any and all students. We’ll be bringing out the whipped cream, nutella and strawberries. There, see? You couldn’t resist.

Learn more at the Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/576900325663033/

 

10. Self-Defense Class for Self-Identified and Gender Queer Women, Sat Mar 9th & Sat Mar 16th 11am-5pm, Women’s Centre (TC3013)
We welcome you, your friends  and sister-friends, Kwantlen students, to participate in techniques for getting home safe and alive. $25 – $100 sliding scale. All proceeds to the instructor. We’re  looking forward to supporting strength and courage! On March 9th and 16th we join hands with Kwantlen’s Women’s student group to make sure each participant gets two 6 hour classes on holding body integrity. It will be held on Burnaby Mountain but if you want one in Surrey – JUST LET US KNOW! For more information, click here.

 

11. UBC Sexual Assault Support Services staff at UBC visits SFU, Monday March 11th 5:30-7:00pm, GSS Lounge MBC2212
As part of International Women’s Day programming we are pleased to create an event that is geared towards anyone who is a stakeholder in sexual health and sexual assault prevention in University and College campus settings. Yes, dear students – we mean YOU! Anisa Mottahed, SASC Manager, has been working in the anti-violence movement for years and is currently the manager for the SASC at UBC. She will present on the history of the SASC’s creation, its daily operation/structure and how it responds to sexual assault, awareness and prevention strategies on their campus. Light appetizers will be provided. For more information, click here.

 

12. Vancouver Rape Relief Job Posting
Today’s newsletter includes a job posting for another organization, and comes accompanied by strong concerns about the organization’s problematic policies. Vancouver Rape Relief excludes trans* women from volunteering for their organization, and — although we have had trouble finding explicit policies regarding who can access their services — it seems clear from the arguments they used in taking legal action to uphold this exclusion against Kimberly Nixon that they do not consider trans* women to be women.

Their stances are extremely problematic, and their actions do not align with our Mission Statement: “…to reduce discrimination and increase awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people… We are committed to resisting all forms of discrimination and oppression…”. However, we recognize that there are many in our community who could really use paid work, and that the work they do, while objectionably limited, remains an important service. It is at this intersection of recognizing the very problematic aspects of their organization and the potential financial need of people in our membership that we pass along the details of this posting.

“We currently have a job opening for a front-line crisis worker and anti-violence activist and we would very much like to encourage women to apply. The deadline for resume submissions is March 15th, or until the position is filled, and the job start date is May 1, 2013.  Life experience is highly valued so women who do not necessarily have a degree or experience working in a transition house and/or crisis centre should not see that as a barrier or be deterred from applying.  Resumes can be sent to info@rapereliefshelter.bc.ca or faxed to 604-876-8450, attention: Hiring Committee.”

http://www.rapereliefshelter.bc.ca/new-job-posting

 

13. Transgender Health Program Survey

The provincial Transgender Health Program is planning to offer new programming in 2013 and we need your help!  Included in this email, is a survey link for community members to fill out. This feedback will help us determine the program’s future direction, particularly around groups and educational offerings we may be able to provide or partner around to offer. 

The Vancouver Coastal Health Transgender Health Program (THP) is a provincial program whose main function is to provide gender variant/diverse people with information as to where services can be accessed and knowledge about navigating the health system and related supports.  The THP also provides “consumer information” for trans people and their loved ones, guidelines for clinicians, and access to some support groups. The program is currently funded by Vancouver Coastal Health and the office is located in Vancouver.

Who should complete this survey? This survey is designed to collect feedback from those who identify as transgender. Transgender is a term used to include anyone who has a gender identity that is different from their birth sex or who expresses their gender in ways that differ from society’s expectations of the range of possibilities for men and women. This may include people who self-identify as androgynous, bi-gender, cross-dressing, transvestite, drag king/queen, gender queer, multi-gender, transgender, transsexual, intersexed, or two-spirited, as well as people who do not identify with any labels. We welcome your candid feedback on how to improve this service. ALL RESPONSES WILL BE ANONYMOUS.

Click here for the survey: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/ce/transgender-health-survey/

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  Paper copies of the survey are also available by request; please let us know if you would like access to this option. The survey deadline is March 21, 2013. Thanks for your participation!  The Transgender Health Program can be reached at 604 734-1514 or toll-free at 1866 999-1514.

 

That’s all for now, lovelies! See you around OOC!

Please note that mentions of external events in our newsletter does not necessarily imply endorsement.