VIDEA’s Aboriginal Youth Intern Event Celebration

Thursday, June 21st 2012

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Victoria Native Friendship Centre – 231 Regina Avenue, Victoria BC

 

Please join us in an evening of celebration of our local Indigenous youth who have just returned from spending 4 months interning in Zambia and Uganda! Come out to meet and hear stories from these 10 inspiring young people who are involved in VIDEA’s International Aboriginal Youth Internship program.

 

Through this program, these 10 youth have taken part in activities that empower youth, build new economic opportunities for vulnerable people, improve environmental stewardship and that provide for reflection on the role of indigenous youth in Canada and Africa, in shaping the futures of our communities. 

 

The evening will feature stories, music and photos about the work these youth have undertaken in Zambia and Uganda, as well as light snacks and refreshments, and a silent auction. Donations will be gratefully received to help fund the programme this year and into the future.

 

The celebration will take place on Thursday, June 21st from 7pm to 9pm at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (231 Regina Ave, Victoria).

 

This is a public event and we encourage you to invite family, friends and others you think would be interested in meeting these inspiring young leaders.

 

Please RSVP to Lesley Palmer – lpalmer@videa.ca.

 

Representations: A Mini-Conference for queer and trans self-identified women of color!!

Representations: A mini conference for queer and trans self-identified women of color!!
Saturday, JUNE 30, 2012!
Register as space is limited. *priority goes to queer and trans self-identified women of color!!

If you live in Victoria and are wanting to attend, but think funds might be tight please contact the students of colour collective at socc@uvss.ca as were looking to provide funding to indivduals for the ferry trip.

Note: *You do not need to be a student to access funding*

In Solidarity,

Jess

Queer Women of Color Media Wire- Call for Submissions From Muslim-Identified LGBTQ People of Color

Call for Submissions From Muslim-Identified LGBTQ People of Color

When we ponder the concepts of religion and queerness, what images and issues come to mind?

In discussions involving religion and LGBT issues for QPOC, the focus in mainstream media has almost always been on Christian families, churches, and communities, and the degree to which they are homophobic or transphobic. If we hear anything about queer Muslims, it’s sensationalized e.g. a viral link about a gay Iranian man being sentenced to death, or the number of lashes you’d receive for being a “practicing homosexual” in Muslim countries.

But when do we ever hear from queer Muslims themselves, about their everyday lives, their hardships and triumphs, their families and their lovers–or, simply, what keeps them centered, devout, inspired?

QWOC Media Wire wants to hear from LGBTQI people of color, diaspora, and other ethnic/racial minorities who identify as Muslim and/or were raised practicing Islam.

Whether you’re a Muslim born into an Uygher family, are a convert from another religion, identify as a queer Muslim from an African country, were raised Muslim but identify as spiritual etc. — whatever the case may be — we want you to be able to share, in your own words, your experiences and thoughts on religion, culture, sexuality, and everyday life.

Additionally, if you practice another religion, faith, and/or spirituality that you feel isn’t as readily discussed in public forums, such as Hinduism or Sikhism, Wicca, African Traditional Religions, Baha’i etc. we would love to hear from you as well!

IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind, the purpose of this call for submissions is not to get into a religious discussion; we don’t want to debate religion, we want to hear about how many of us reconcile the various parts of our identities as diaspora, sexual minorities, and spiritual/religious people. We want to create a space where people can share their experiences, not defend them.

Submissions can be in the form of prose, poetry, a stream of consciousness, a rant, an ode, or any other form of media. What’s most important is that it reflects you, your words, your lives.

Here are some examples of LGBTQI women of color and gender non-conforming folks we’d like to hear from:

  • Muslims who grew up in the global south
  • Muslim feminists who also identify as queer women of color
  • People who were raised in Muslim families but converted, or don’t “practice”
  • People who practice religion/spirituality outside of Islam and Christianity e.g. African, Buddhism, Hinduism
  • Do you identify as a QPOC and a convert to Islam?
  • Do you identify as another religion that has not been focused on in queer media, such as Hinduism or Buddhism?

Interested? 

Please email us at submissions@qwocmediawire.com with your name, nationality, religion, how you identity racially/ethnically/culturally, your sexual orientation/gender identity (if you wish), and what kind of piece you’d like to submit (or are submitting!)

If you do not want to submit a formal piece, but still would like to tell your story/share your thoughts :

We are putting together a composite piece with anecdotes from around the world! Tell us a funny story, or a difficulty that you had with a friend. How do other QPOC react to you identifying as Muslim/Hindu/Sikh? What did your family say when (if) you came out? Do you have trouble meeting other Muslims who identify as QPOC? How do you feel about anti-religion rhetoric when it comes to advocating for LGBT rights?

Shoot us a message at submissions@qwocmediawire.com with whatever you’d like. Our space is for our voices, our stories; you have the mic.

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