This week, we sit with the weight of remembering and honouring those who have been killed as a result of anti-trans* prejudice. Our Trans* and Gender Diversity Project Advisory Committee has put together a display and Community Dialogue that strives to reflect the realities of intersectionality, asking the questions of who we find ourselves remembering, and what other systems of oppression affects those answers.

As part of the week’s programming, the Positive Space Network is also hosting our second Intro Module, and our Discussion Group will be considering intersecting identities. See more, below.


Contents

Out on Campus Happenings

1. Transgender Remembrance Display – Mon Nov 18th-Fri Nov 22nd outside the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

2. Positive Space Network – Intro Module: Tue Nov 19th 11am-1pm at SFU Burnaby

3. Transgender Day of Remembrance Community Dialogue, Wed Nov 20th 3:30-5:30pm at SFU Burnaby

4. OOC Discussion Group – Wed Nov 20th, 5:30-6:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

5. OOC Surrey Social: Study Break! An end of semester social – Tue Nov 26th 5:30pm

6. Weekly Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Hour – 2 sessions left! Thursdays at 2:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

Community Events/Happenings 

7. Sustainable SFU Movie Night – Tue Nov 19th 5:30 pm at SFU Burnaby

8. Vancouver Peace Choir presents "Metamorphosis" – A Musical Journey from Darkness to Light – Sat Nov 23rd, 7:30pm

9. Artquake Presents: “Madness Matters” – Fri Nov 29th 7-9pm at Gallery Gachet

10. Rainbow Concert Band presents December Destinations: The Great Christmas Escape – Sat Nov 30th, 7:30pm

11. Corporations in Our Heads – Sat Dec 7th 6:30pm at SFU Harbour Centre

Community Studies/Surveys/Callouts

12. Inquiry for Trinity Western University Plaintiff

13. Social support in romantic relationships study

14. Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

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1. Transgender Remembrance Display – Mon Nov 18th-Fri Nov 22nd outside the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to remember and honour all those who have been killed due to anti-trans* prejudice. It was begun in 1999 as a candlelight vigil in honour of the death of Rita Hester, who was murdered on November 28th, 1998.

The Out on Campus Trans* & Gender Diversity Advisory Committee is holding a number of events to commemorate these individuals who have lost their lives. There will be a memorial display from November 18th-22nd outside the OOC Lounge (TC314N) at SFU Burnaby. 

 

2. Positive Space Network – Intro Module: Tue Nov 19th 11am-1pm at SFU Burnaby

The Positive Space Network aims to create an environment welcoming of sexual and gender diversity by providing educational workshops to staff/faculty/ and students of all backgrounds.

Out on Campus is hosting an Intro Module workshop on November 19, 11:00AM-1:00PM. The workshop will have limited seating, and require RSVP (http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/149750184 ). It is open to staff, faculty, and students of SFU at no cost.

Additional workshops can be provided for your group at a small cost. We can work with your group to make these workshops fit the needs of the group as best as possible.

Please contact Markus at positivespace@sfss.ca to join the Positive Space Network mailing list, ask questions, find out about volunteer opportunities, and to set up workshops.

 

3. Transgender Day of Remembrance Community Dialogue, Wed Nov 20th 3:30-5:30pm at SFU Burnaby

The Out on Campus Trans* & Gender Diversity Advisory Committee will be holding a Community Dialogue on Trans* Day of Remembrance. This November 20th there will be a Dialogue held in MBC 2290 from 3:30pm-5:30pm. Food will be provided.

 

4. OOC Discussion Group – Wed Nov 20th, 5:30-6:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

Come to listen to each other's LGBTQ+ related experiences and share your own!  This will be a facilitated discussion to help promote members of our community getting to know each other's individual experiences.

TOPIC: Intersecting Identities: how do our privileges and oppressions shape our genders. 

 

5. OOC Surrey Social: Study Break! An end of semester social – Tue Nov 26th 5:30pm

OOC does Surrey campus! The goal of this event is to provide a fun activity and provide a space for students to interact, who are interested in being a part of Out on Campus events at Surrey. We will be making buttons, so bring your own images or use the ones provided. Free food provided. This event will most likely be taking place in the FASS lounge. Put down those books and come out for a fun social event!

 

6. Weekly Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Hour – 2 sessions left! Thursdays at 2:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

Out on Campus hosts a drop-in weekly Mindfulness hour (Thursdays 2:30-3:15) facilitated by SFU Health & Counselling Services. It’s held in the lounge (Burnaby campus, TC314N), which will be otherwise closed for the duration of each session. Please be prompt!

Do join us for the last two sessions of the semester!
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that quiets the mind. It helps you become focused, rest from constant thinking, and reduces stress. Practice being here, in the present, and let go of worries about the future and the past. This is a drop-in workshop, open to all.

 

7. Sustainable SFU Movie Night – Tue Nov 19th 5:30 pm at SFU Burnaby

Join Sustainable SFU Waste Peers on November 19th for Movie Night and find out how you can get involved in upcoming events and projects! Come to WMC 3250 from 5:30-7:30pm for our feature documentary, “Addicted to Plastic”.  Learn about the adverse outcomes of our reliance on plastic and the effects it has on our environment and on us, in this hilarious and eye-opening documentary.

Meet new people, engage in discussions on how we can reduce waste on campus and in our own lives, and best of all, learn how to get involved with the different Waste projects and grab free snacks!

Sustainable SFU’s Waste Peers are actively promoting projects that work to reduce waste on campus while maintaining a safe and healthy environment around SFU. Waste Peers collaborate on projects such as the Go Green Container Exchange, Freecycle, and other amazing waste projects, and are reaching out to all SFU students to support and encourage sustainable waste management!

 

8. Vancouver Peace Choir presents "Metamorphosis" – A Musical Journey from Darkness to Light – Sat Nov 23rd, 7:30pm
"Now this is a draw for anyone who would like to come out and see a great show and at the same time, be a part of our mission to raise awareness for anti-bullying, with an emphasis on anti-bullying in the LGBT community. 

Concert attendees will be exposed to beautiful classical music ~ darker in nature in the first half of the show, transitioning into lighter and brighter classical music in the second half of the show. This contrast illustrates, or should I say mirrors the It Gets Better theme, which is – though life may be dark & difficult now, hang in there and it will only get brighter and better. ~

We plan to play a couple of It Gets Better videos and best of all, the concert is free for anyone 18 & under, and only $10 for your post-secondary classmates."

Name: Vancouver Peace Choir Concert 

Event Title: "Metamorphosis" – A Musical Journey from Darkness to Light
Location: Ryerson United Church, 2195 W 45th Avenue, Vancouver, V6M 2J2
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013. 
Time: 7:30pm
Type of Event: Music, classical choir
Age Range: Any
Cost: Cost: $20 adults, $15  seniors, $10 post-secondary, FREE 18 & under
Contact Information: info@vancouverpeacechoir.org
Ticket Web Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/493175 
Website Link: http://www.vancouverpeacechoir.org/ 
Notes: An awareness concert for anti-bullying and with support from the It Gets Better Project, the Vancouver Peace Choir is thrilled to bring you classical choral pieces featuring conjoined works with the Eric Hamber Chamber Choir and the Black Dog String Quartet.

 

9. Artquake Presents: “Madness Matters” – Fri Nov 29th 7-9pm at Gallery Gachet

Gallery Gachet, 88 East Cordova, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

Please join ArtQuake for a community dialogue on art and mental health. The screening will include: "Crooked Beauty" by Ken Rosenbaulm and a selection of films produced by youth from Reel Youth films:  "A mesmerizing narrative that explores the role that extreme emotional states can play in imagination and creativity, the physchosocial and personal causes of mental distress and approaches to medication and treatment," Crooked Beauty will challenge viewers to think critically about the complexities of mental health."  

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER HERE: http://youtu.be/qgAaIBlq-cs.
All films will be followed by a panel discussion; viewer participation is encouraged in creating a rich and meaningful discussion. This is an inclusive, safe event- we welcome all folks looking to learn and discuss the issues of mental health as it pertains to youth artists.This event is FREE and open to the public.

Accessibility Info:
" Crooked Beauty" is captioned. The Reel Youth Films are not captioned, however if there is a need for full captioning- please write to us atjannnika.nyberg@gmail.com and we can arrange for this to happen. ALS interpreters can be booked, given a week's notice. PLEASE REQUEST this service. If you have any other accessibility needs, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate. Facebook Event with more details.

 

10. Rainbow Concert Band presents December Destinations: The Great Christmas Escape – Sat Nov 30th, 7:30pm

Event Title: December Destinations: The Great Christmas Escape
Location: Vancouver Community College, 1155 East Broadway, Room 2010 Auditorium
Date: Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Time: Doors open at 7pm. Concert starts at 7:30pm.
Type of Event: Music, community band
Age Range: Any
Cost: $15 at the door or $10 in advance. 
Contact Information: info@rainbowband.ca
Ticket Web Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/500193
Website Link: http://rainbowband.ca
Notes: Christmas music from around the world. Bill Monroe as special guest and MC. Plus a silent auction and 50/50 draw.

 

11. Corporations in Our Heads – Sat Dec 7th 6:30pm at SFU Harbour Centre

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1429250197296809/?source=1

Room 1800, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver

Is a corporation a person? The voices of corporations tell us hundreds of times a day, in ways we may not notice anymore, what to buy, how to feel, how to perceive and the kind of person to aspire to be. How do we break deeply ingrained patterns and begin to create healthier selves, communities, province and country? Theatre for Living continues a 32-year legacy of innovative and challenging theatre with a new project about the corporate voices that live within the community consciousness. No actors. No play. No script…just all of us, and the corporate voices in our heads.
Admission is by donation.
RSVP: rsvp@theatreforliving.com or 604.871.0508

 

12. Inquiry for Trinity Western University Plaintiff

My name is Angela Chaisson, a lawyer with Clayton Ruby in Toronto. We've been working with a group of Canadian legal professionals in opposition to the proposed law school at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC.

As you may already know, TWU proposes that all its students sign a "Community Covenant" undertaking to only engage in marital, heterosexual, sexual relationships. This presents queer law students with a decision to either apply elsewhere and have a smaller number of potential law school places than would be available were they straight or, in the alternative, that they voluntarily live in the closet for three years, as just another cost of their law degree.

Naturally, both options are inimical to our Charter values and so Clayton Ruby and I would like to challenge TWU's Community Covenant on Charter and administrative law grounds. In order to do that, we need a Plaintiff who would have standing to challenge the decision to accredit TWU’s school. An ideal Plaintiff would be a well-spoken, openly queer resident of BC who is applying to law school or who wishes to attend law school. A CV that shows some history of LGBTQ activism would also be an asset, as would religious affiliation – but these are not required. 

If anyone in your organization knows such a person, I would be very grateful for an introduction. Email: AChaisson@rubyshiller.com

 

13. Social support in romantic relationships study

My name is Lily Ellis and I’m a psychology student at Eckerd College, working on a thesis to further our academic understanding of social support in intimate relationships. In particular, I am interested in comparing how social support occurs in homosexual or heterosexual relationships. I saw that you’re in charge of a group including Lesbians, Gays, and/or Bisexuals, and I need your help.

I would really appreciate your help. Gay and lesbian relationships are underrepresented in academic literature, and there is a need to further understand homosexual relationships to better provide services to this population (Meezouran & Martin, 2003). With your help, we can add to the understanding of the mechanisms of successful gay and lesbian relationships. 

Excited about helping our cause? If so, I would really appreciate it if you also encouraged your group members to share this with their partner, as well as any of their friends, even your straight friends. As long as they are in a relationship, we would love to have them fill out this survey. It should take about 10-15 minutes. All responses are anonymous and confidential.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1QrpDDwVZAGGrrKbMSSXb2GsvCytxX5LoVv2G3SfoFoo/viewform

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me at eckerdstudysocial20suppor13ec@gmail.com

 

14. Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

Are you between 14 and 25 years old? Do you live in Canada? Do you identify as trans or genderqueer, or feel your gender doesn’t match your body?

Click here to take the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

We are a team of health researchers from the University of British Columbia and other universities across Canada, and we invite you to participate in this anonymous survey.  The health issues facing trans youth may be different from other youth and we want to make sure that the voice of trans youth is heard. We will use the results of this survey to improve trans youth health services and programs throughout Canada.
This survey is completely anonymous and may take up to 60 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions, please call (toll-free) or email Sarah: sarah.dobson@ubc.ca or 1-855-777-7498 

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

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