LGBTQ Story Sharing Circles

FREE sessions for LGBTQ identifying community members and allies*

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Wed. July 14 / July 21 / July 28

6 pm – 8 pm MDT

FREE

Not a member of the LGBTQ community but would like to learn more? Join Exploring Identity and Understanding Gender Diversity!

Details

Session 1

Wednesday, July 14

6 pm – 8 pm MDT

Session 2

Wednesday, July 21

6 pm – 8 pm MDT

Session 3

Wednesday, July 28

6 pm – 8 pm MDT

See the list of topics for each session below.

Muskrat Metis-francophone farmer, a rambler, and a gender-queer feminist Naty Tremblay will host a series of story-sharing sessions for LGBTQ identifying community members and allies*.

Throughout these sessions, you can choose to listen to Naty share their experiences of coming out and being gender-queer in the world, and you may also choose to share something of your own story with the group.

Feel free to attend all three sessions or just one. Admission is FREE!

*An ally, straight ally, or heterosexual ally is a heterosexual and cisgender person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, and LGBT social movements, challenging homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. Check back for an ally-specific code of conduct before attending this event. 

ONLINE FORMAT

This online event will be delivered in a Zoom Meeting. A meeting link and password will be emailed to you in advance of the start of the session. Please download the Zoom Application from https://zoom.us/

Event Facilitator

Naty Tremblay

Naty Tremblay believes deeply in the radical & transformative power of the arts leveraged for community rooted education, organizing, healing & political activism. Naty’s experiences as an identical twin, a metis-francophone farmer, a rambler, and a gender-queer feminist has shaped their creative social change practice. Naty has developed a broad body of interactive multi-media performance, workshops & community engaged art works exploring identity, power, regenerative reciprocity, justice and decoloniality amidst the backdrop of global predatory capitalism. They are a proud member of the Drawing with Knives shadow puppetry collective, The Switch Collective creating political multi-media street performance, and the Trans Healing Arts Collective envisioning spaces that center the healing & creativity of Trans peoples.

Session 1 – July 14, 6pm – 8pm MDT

Naty shares their story of growing up Queer in a rural community. Then, in conversation and discussion with the group, Naty will talk together with you about what kind of internal resourcing is needed to find out who you are and to find your sense of spirit. Naty’s Muskrat Metis-Francophone perspective informs their perspective on identity as it relates to spirit.

Session 2 – July 21, 6pm – 8pm MDT

Once Naty stepped out as queer, and understood who they were in the world, they found they still needed to find other points of connection, or other community, to complete their sense of identity in relationship to others. There were some ways Naty felt support by others in this journey and some ways they didn’t feel supported. As a group, we’ll share stories and consider the bravery and vulnerability it takes to share your identity with others.

Session 3 – July 28, 6pm – 8pm MDT

Naty is passionate about transformative justice and community creation. As a gender-queer person, Naty knows how important it is to creating a healthy ‘ecosysm’ or community around you to support you in your identity. But building that community is not always easy. As a group, we’ll discuss and share stories about what it’s like to build up that web of support. How much do you fumble? How much does it hurt? How powerful it was to fall in love for the first time?

Story Recording Session with Flocking QT

artsPlace is partnering with M3Lab on Bow Valley specific version of their Flocking QT art/technology installation that models the emergent behaviour of societal gender and sexuality-based marginalization (harm) and resilience (support). This art-meets-technology installation explores the questions, “What impact do many small harmful interactions have over time? What does harm and support from people and institutions look like for people of all genders and sexualities?” The stories in the Bow Valley-specific Flocking simulation will be collected from people with various gender and sexual identities, including cisgender and transgender, and queer (LGBQ+) and heterosexual people.

Sign up for a recording session with the Flocking QT team and have your own story recorded and shared as part of a Bow Valley-specific media art installation. Learn more here!

Questions? Contact: [email protected]

Facilitated by M3Lab

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