May 14, 2009 CLGA Engagement Committee members Dennis, Rachel and Elizabeth were invited to participate in Jarvis Collegiate’s anti-homophobia week. The week had apparently begun with an all-school assembly at which the members of the school’s Gay Straight Alliance gave a very impressive sounding presentation. We were so intrigued that Dennis asked the student who created it to consider donating it to the archive.
For our part, we presented an overview of Queer History in Canada, including some more recent trans-history in Toronto, to a small but enthusiastic group of students. A few highlights of the presentation include: Bill C-150 and Trudeau’s famous line “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.”; the organising rally held in Jarvis Collegiate’s auditorium following the Toronto Bath House Raids; the complicated position of the trans-movement within the Queer community.
We finished off with more personal stories about how homophobia and becoming aware of sexuality has shaped our lives and this started some great conversations with the students.
We were also honored with these two cards (images left).
It was a great way to spend the afternoon with a lovely group of young activists. I look forward to
chatting with them again.
This is the colouring sheet/handout that Rachel made (below).