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UWinnipeg to host Building Trans Solidarity event series

Wed. Aug. 30, 2023

An upcoming event series will bring academics, educators, students, and artists together at The University of Winnipeg to unpack contemporary issues facing transgender, Two-Spirit, and gender non-conforming communities, and to celebrate their resiliency and work towards an inclusive, discrimination-free future.

Building Trans Solidarity consists of several events taking place in late September and early October. UWinnipeg will host two topical roundtable discussions, a keynote talk, and a film screening.

UWinnipeg’s downtown neighbour, Ace Art Inc., will host the fifth event, a cultural showcase featuring readings, artworks, and performances by trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary artists and writers.

“It’s going to be educational, but it’s also going to be celebratory,” said Dr. Angela Failler, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory. “It will help show the breadth of our communities and that even though we’ve got strengths inside of the University, a lot of community building is happening in other venues in the city too.”

Read the full article on the UW News site

The schedule for the Building Trans Solidarity event series is as follows:

Saturday, September 23

  • Education Roundtable: Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ Students in Our Schools and Libraries. Q & A to follow. Eckhardt Gramatté Hall, UWinnipeg, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Film Screening: Framing Agnes (2022), Zoom Q & A with director Chase Joynt to follow. Eckhardt Gramatté Hall, UWinnipeg, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27

  • Keynote Talk: Sex, Gender, and Identity: How to Be a Better Trans Ally by Brie Villeneuve, UWSA 2SLGBTQ+ Students’ Director. Learn about the basics of sex and gender, and their relation to identity. This talk will cover gender identity and expression, sex traits, dysphoria, pronouns, names, and trans allyship. Event runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in the UWSA Hive.

Sunday, October 1

  • Cultural Event: Another Place hosted by aceartinc. (206 Princess Street). An evening of poetry and sound art by Hassaan Ashraf, Mutable Body, Dasha Plett, Melody Mckiver, and m. patchwork monoceros brought to you by the UW 2SLGBTQ+ Solidarity Committee and aceartinc. Doors 7:00 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 5

  • Virtual Roundtable: Transphobia Right and Left. Event begins at 6:00 p.m. More details to follow.