Queer History Month 2019

Queer History Month 2019


September 27, 4:30 to 8:30pm, Thomson House Ballroom: Queer History Month Opening Ceremony & Return of The Rainbow

This year, McGill will celebrate its second Queer History Month, organized by the Office of the Provost and Vice Principal (Academic), with the collaboration of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF), The McGill JBSCE Subcommittee on Queer People, the McGill Library, the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support, and Education (OSVRSE), Queer McGill, the Queer Grad Club, the Union for Gender Empowerment and many other McGill and community partners. This year the opening ceremony will also be a joint event, serving as the 18th annual "Return of the Rainbow", McGill's homecoming event for current and past students, staff, and faculty who identify with 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, planned by the JBSCE Sub-Committee for Queer People, Queer McGill, and Queer Grad Club.

Come join us in the Thomson House Ballroom (3rd floor), from 4:30 (doors, ceremony will start at 5) to 8:30 PM on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Childcare will be provided, as well as refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Available at this reception will also be a cash bar that includes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you there!



September 28, 7 to 9pm, Wirth Opéra Studio: Queer History Month @Schulich

As part of les Journées de la Culture and Queer History Month, The Schulich School of Music will be presenting a premiere of extracts from the multimedia Opera 'Them' from Juanita Marchand Knight, on the life of surrealists 2SLGBTQIA+ artists, pionneers and anti-nazi activists, Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, and a performance from Renée Yoxon. Other presenters and performers will be chosen within the Schulich community.

Reserve your (free) ticket here: https://schulich.ticketmob.com/event.cfm?id=188924


October 2, 6 to 9pm, Thomson House Restaurant: Screening of Rafiki (with OSVRSE, School of Social Work and BSN)

Queer History Month McGill, in partnership with OSVRSE, The School of Social Work and BSN, is excited to invite you to a free screening and discussion of the movie Rafiki on October 2nd from 6-9 p.m. in the Thomson House Restaurant

Rafiki (transl."Friend") is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Rafiki is the story of romance that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya.

After the screening, hear from Meryem Benslimane, McGill’s Equity Education Advisor, Whyz Panthera, artist and activist, and Bianca Tetrault, Sexual Violence Education Advisor, on how the film’s synopsis can reflect the lived realities of our McGill students. Discussions and talking points will focus on the process of coming out, identity, what denial, rejection and unacceptance can look and feel like for Black and 2SLGBTQIA+ students. We will also explore what happens when established beliefs about gender/hetero roles are challenged and how we can create safer more inclusive spaces for everyone at McGill - pointing to support resources in our community. Finally, we hope to touch upon the topic of sexual communication to challenge stigmas and taboos when addressing non-normative sexual relationships.



October 4, 6 to 8pm, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building Room 522: Sara Ahmed Lecture 'Complaint as a Queer Method' (with IGSF’s Climate Change Lecture series)

On Friday October 4, 2019, at 6pm (Doors at 5pm) as part of IGSF’s Climate Change Lecture series and the 2nd Annual Queer History Month, McGill will be hosting world renowned scholar and author Dr. Sara Ahmed. Dr. Ahmed will give a lecture on Complaint as a Queer Method in the McIntyre Medical Building, Room 522.

For folks at Mac campus, a live feed will be hosted in Raymond R3-045, with doors opening at 5:30. Follow the Mac event page for up-to-date information https://www.facebook.com/events/2563812180307173/

Tickets will be available via eventbrite, first to the McGill student community at 10am on September 18, 2019 and then to the general public at 10am on September 23, 2019.

This event will offer ASL and English to French, whisper translation. If you require either of these services, or have any specific access needs, please email: access.qhm [at] mcgill.ca

Until 2016, Dr. Sara Ahmed was a Professor of Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London having been previously based in Women’s Studies at Lancaster University. She is a feminist writer and independent scholar. She works at the intersection of feminist, queer and race studies. Her research is concerned with how bodies and worlds take shape; and how power is secured and challenged in everyday life worlds as well as institutional cultures.
“I argued in my book On Being Included: On Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012) that we need to work on the university when we work at the university. Even though I no longer work at the university, I am still working on it. In a project on complaint that I have just started, the university has become my field.”

More on Complaint as a Queer Method:
“This lecture explores complaint as non-reproductive labour, as the work you have to do not to reproduce an inheritance. The lecture explores the gap between how complaints are represented by organisations (often through flow charts, as being clear, linear and progressive) and how they are experienced by those who make complaints (as being messy and circular). Those who make complaints often know about organisations given what complaints do not bring about. The lecture considers stories of how complaint “come out” as queer stories, reflects on filing cabinets as institutional closets and explores institutional and queer uses of doors. The lecture reflects on complaints in relation to queer use, as the political work of opening up spaces to enable them to be used by those for whom they were not intended.”


October 5, time and location TBC: Transcontinentally Queer (IGSF)

More details to come soon!


October 15, 2 to 3pm, Wilson Hall, Wendy Patrick Room (Room 118): Queer ASL (The Union for Gender Empowerment)

A workshop on Queer ASL, presented in collaboration with the Union for Gender Empowerment. The workshop will feature a general introduction to ASL and will then focus on more 2SLGBTQIA+ vocabulary. No previous experience with ASL necessary! Open to all!


October 16, 6 to 8pm, OSVRSE Office: Closed Support Group for Queer and Trans Students (OSVRSE)

Exploring Health(ier) Relationships, a closed session for Queer, Trans and Two Spirit students is hosted in collaboration with McGill's Queer History Month.
This free, 2-hour session hosted on October 16th, from 6-8 p.m. at the OSVRSE is open to students seeking a space to discuss, share and explore how to develop healthy(-er) relationships and intimacy more broadly.

To reserve your spot, contact, osvrse [at] mcgill.ca.

Snacks will be provided.

Accessibility: The building is wheelchair accessible via the main entrance on Sherbrooke. Wheelchair accessible washrooms can be found on the main floor but not on the 5th floor.The washrooms on the 5th floor are accessible by a small set of stairs and are not gender neutral. We strive to create accessible and inclusive space. If you require additional accommodations to ensure your participation, please e-mail osvrse [at] mcgill.ca



October 17, 10 to 11:30am, Wilson Hall, Wendy Patrick Room (Room 118): Celebrating Two-spirit Identity

More details to come soon!


October 18, 4 to 6pm, Wilson Hall (Room 103) : Pinkwashing workshop (Students in Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights (McGill SPHR))

More details to come soon!


October 20, 10am to 6pm, La Citadelle (3rd floor of 410 Sherbrooke West): Chosen Family Day! (With Family Care Program)

Come join us for a lovely day of family-friendly activities during McGill's Queer History Month, in partnership with Family Care Program! We will have Drag Queen Story Hour with the wonderful Barbada and lots of other fun activities for everyone, from the little humans to the more senior adults in the room! For 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, chosen family is sometimes closer to us than blood family, and that is why we wanted to honour all chosen families this month

Free and open to all!

Childcare & food available.

More details to come on the full schedule for the day!

Please register here so we can make sure to plan according to your needs :) https://www.mcgill.ca/wellness-hub/register-chosen-family-day-october-20-2019


October 22, 4:30 to 6pm, location TBC: Queer Sexual Education Workshop (with Shag Shop)

Queer History Month and the Shag Shop present Queer Sex Ed!

How can I practice safer sex as a queer person? Can I share my sex toys between partners? How can I talk to my partner about my gender during sex? Can I get pregnant if I’m on testosterone?

If you’ve ever had any of these questions, or any questions about (queer/2SLGBTQIA+) sex, come to this workshop! We will discuss everything your sex education class forgot to tell you about how to engage in consensual sex (or not!) as a queer or trans person.



October 23, 2:30 to 4, Art 160: Queer Digital Futures

A fantastic panel on Queer Digital Futures with Lucas LaRochelle, founder of Queering the Map.

More details to come soon!


October 24 and 25: Queer Research Colloquium (IGSF)

Colloquium date: 24-25 October 2019
Proposals due: 6 October 2019
Proposal responses: 11 October 2019
Event space: Research Commons Room A, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, McGill University

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) invites proposals for the fourth annual McGill Queer Research Colloquium (QRC).

The QRC is a forum for the scholarly community at McGill and beyond to share research pertaining to LGBTQI2+ studies. Past participants have included faculty, visiting and post-doctoral scholars, and graduate and advanced undergraduate students.

If you are interested in sharing your work, please submit a short abstract (max 150 words) and biography (50 words) by September 24, 2019 to QueerColloquium [at] mcgill.ca with the subject 2019 QRC Proposal FirstName LastName.

The format is open, but in general we anticipate panels with three or four 15-20-minute presentations, followed by discussion. This year’s colloquium will be held as part of the second Queer History Month at McGill and will feature a keynote presentation by Aren Aizura (University of Minnesota).

Notifications for accepted proposals will be sent by Friday 11 October 2019. All panel sessions will be held on Thursday 24 October and Friday 25 October 2019. Participants need not be affiliated with McGill University.

Please send all questions to QueerColloquium@mcgillca.


October 25, 2:30 to 4: Wilson Hall, Wendy Patrick Room (118): Conference on Intersex Issues by Hélène Beaupré (In French with English whispered translation)

More details to come soon!


October 29, 6:30 to 8pm, McIntyre Buidling, Room 210/211: Panel on Navigating Health Spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ Communities (McGill Student Association for Collaborative Mental Healthcare (CMH))

CMH will be planning a panel discussion and open forum that addresses the topic of experiencing spaces and how this impacts the mental health and wellbeing of people from 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

More details to come!


October 30, 6 to 9pm, McIntyre Building, Room 206/7: Medicine and the evolution of treatment of 2SLGBTQIA+ patients (With Faculty of Medicine)

More details to come!


October 31st, 6 to 9pm, Thomson House Restaurant: Closing Ceremony (Open Mic)

Come join us as we celebrate closing the second edition of Queer History Month with poetry, music and other performances! The wonderful and amazing poet, writer and artist Kama La Mackerel will be our host for the event, accompanied with several confirmed Montreal rising stars artists who will be performing. The stage will be open after for any kind of performances from the audience, open mic style! If you ever wanted to share a poem, play the trumpet, dance or sing, now is your chance to do so! Since October 31st will also be Halloween, we welcome (respectful) costumes on stage and in the audience and we will be providing candies!

With Performances from:

Kama La Mackerel

Renée Yoxon

Charles Lowe

Marie Hamilton

Crooning Fauna

Deann Louise C. Nardo

Malek Yalaoui

Lonely Boa


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