On Saturday, May 5, beginning at 9:00 a.m., Trans Pride Day 2012 will provide a festive, unifying and inclusive event at Comité Social Centre-Sud,1710 Beaudry St. The theme of the event is: “My Sex Is Not My Identity.” Admission is $2. Simultaneous translation will be offered in English.
Throughout the day, we will concentrate on the importance of focusing on a process of inclusion of “trans” diversity, rather than the establishment of standards and restrictive guidelines. We will also consider the need for government, professional and community networks to develop inclusive and non-discriminatory policies for trans-identified people. In short, this day will offer the opportunity, as a community, for a time of socialization and to launch a reflection on how to continue to fight the exclusion and judgment of differences.
In the opening lecture, Mathieu-Joel Gervais and Monica Bastien will discuss the importance to allow oneself the permission, as a trans-identified person, to live a process of identity that is unique to us. Mickael Chacha Enriquez will then set the table by addressing the issues of transphobia inQuebec. It will be followed by a presentation from Françoise Susset, which will examine the challenges trans people are facing while seeking access to a full recognition of their gender identity. After lunch, Calvin Neufeld will offer us his perspective regarding his transition from female to male (FTM), and Billy Hebert will speak about the needs and experiences of trans elders in the health system and social services inQuebec. Finally, Jean-Sébastien Sauvé will conclude the event by addressing the discrimination based on sex inQuebec.
In addition to these speeches, the premiere of the photo exhibition “Trans Egeria” will be presented throughout the day. This exhibition, created by Reflex Gallery in 2011, pays homage to more than two dozen trans celebrities, including Marie-Marcelle Godbout and Michelle Blanc.
Finally, if you still have some energy in the evening, attend a gala performance featuring the Dukes of Drag and the Sublimes Rondeurs (Sublime Curves). These happy characters will offer a colourful and emotional burlesque show. During this show, two plaques and the trophy Lana St-Cyr will be presented to two people for their commitment to the trans community. The Gala will start at 9:00 p.m. at Café Cléopatre, 1230 Saint-Laurent Bvd (second floor). The entry cost is $10.
We hope to see you there!
The organizing committee of the ATQ
Contact : 514-591-9038 / [email protected] / www.atq1980.org