By Kiernan Green
Volunteers with Positive Space at Ryerson created eight events for Trans Awareness Month for members and allies of the transgender community to celebrate their vibrancy and resilience. Following their virtual kick-off and two other events last week, here’s the rundown on the remaining events this month:
Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.
Marty Fink, a professional communications professor with a focus on queer and trans studies, is going live to review the activism of trans women during the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the lessons it can provide for the response to COVID-19. They’ll also connect historical activism for HIV to the ongoing activism for Black Lives Matter during the pandemic.
Friday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m.
Positive Space is hosting an online space for folks to reflect on the Trans Day of Remembrance. Originally the culminating day of Transgender Awareness Week, Trans Remembrance Day is meant to honour trans-identifying people who have been hurt, killed or otherwise victimized in attacks against the trans community by individuals and systems of oppression.
Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 12 p.m.
Join Sam Feder for a viewing and discussion of their Sundance and Hot Docs award-winning documentary, Disclosure. “Disclosure is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton and Chaz Bono, share their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments,” the movie’s website reads.
Thursday, Nov. 26 at 12 p.m.
Join panelists to discuss the personal and systemic barriers faced by the trans community to full engagement in the workplace. Learn how to support and take action for the rights of your trans peers at Ryerson.
Friday, Nov. 27 at 12 p.m.
Jiaqing Wilson-Yang, a sexual violence specialist at Consent Comes First and an advocate against gender-based violence, will share a reading from her book, Small Beauty. The winner of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction tells the story of Mei, “a mixed-race trans woman managing the death of her cousin, the ways she contorts to navigate racism and transphobia, and her desire for community.”
Students, faculty and staff can view all events and register online.