Brock 2S&LGBTQ+ Pride Week

Welcome to Brock 2S&LGBTQ+ Pride Week 2022! 

Please join us in celebrating the vibrant and diverse 2S&LGBTQ+ communities at BrockU and in the Niagara Region!

Brock 2S&LGBTQ+ Pride Week Event Schedule:

Title: Rock Out With Your Brock Out: Virtual Pride Concert

Date and Time: Friday, March 25th at 7PM-9PM

Location: Online, Facebook and YouTube

Join us in kicking off Brock Pride Week with our virtual Pride concert, featuring 2SLGBTQIA+ performers from across North America! This year’s lineup is sure to have something you’ll love, including trans powerpop, indie rock, and bedroom pop!

The concert will be hosted by Jermaine Marshall, with performances from: 

  • GoodLuckRy
  • Peach Rings
  • Jeannie Rak
  • Kat and the Hurricane

If you are a Brock community member you will have a chance to win some awesome prizes for food, spicy adult toys, and books — anyone attending will be entered to win these prizes!

To watch on Facebook, visit Brock SJC’s Facebook page or Brock HRE’s Facebook page.

To watch on YouTube, visit Brock TV’s YouTube page.

Open to everyone, including community members.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/rock-out-with-your-brock-out-virtual-pride-concert-tickets-294405714417

Painting Pride Pottery Saturday, March 26 from 7-9 pm At Crock A Doodle St. Catherines, Only Open To 2slgbtq+ Brock Students, 25 Available Spots, Register on ExperienceBU! Event by Brock Student Justice Centre (SJC), and Brock Pride

Title: Pride Week Special – Paint Night at Crock A Doodle! 

Date and Time: Saturday, March 26th from 7-9pm 

Location: 295 Fourth Ave, St. Catharines, ON L2S 0E7

Join Brock Pride on Saturday, March 26th from 7-9 pm to paint your very own pottery! Show your pride by customizing a mug, plate, or bowl, with your own pride flag, doodles, and designs. 

All pottery* and food related expenses will be covered by BUSU, Brock Pride, and/ or SJC. 

*There is a limit of 1 pottery piece per person that will be covered by our fund, anything else that an individual customizes will not be covered. 

This event is only open to 2SLGBTQ+ Students at Brock University. RSVP and COVID-19 Screening is required. There is a limit of 25 people so RSVP now! 

Open to 2S&LGBTQ+ Brock students. 

Registration link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/204469 

Title: Pride Gay-me Night! 

Date and Time: Sunday, March 27th from 5-7 pm 

Location: Zoom meeting

Come online and join your 2SLGBTQ+ peers for an eventful night of games and fun! We will be playing online games such as Jack Box, Skribblio, Among Us, and more! 

Participants that join the event will be entered in a giveaway to win one of two $25 gift cards of their choice! 

Open to everyone.

Registration link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/204470

Title: Exploring Queerness Outside of the Western Gaze

Date and Time: Monday, March 28th from 2-3 pm 

Location: Zoom Webinars

Facilitated by Rabia Choudhary (she/her/they/them) and Nana-yaa Owusu (she/her/they/them)

This workshop is geared at exploring queer history and identities from around the world, both in pre-colonial and post-colonial contexts. This session will explore the ways in which colonization has impacted and erased queer communities from “Western” history, as well as enforced a heteronormative society on cultures across the globe. The facilitators will present with a trauma-informed, anti-carceral, anti-white supremacy, anti-ableism, and survivor-centric lens. 

Participants are invited to challenge their own biases, beliefs, and experiences to further understand the impact of colonization in the framework of our lives, ways of thinking and belief systems. 

RSVP on ExperienceBU for the Zoom Link. Attendees can win a $50 SkipTheDishes gift card! 

Brock Students can receive co-curricular credit in the CWC for attending this workshop. This workshop will be closed captioned. Please contact mmudge@brocku.ca for more information and/ or accessibility requirements.

Open to everyone, including community members.

Registration link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/204471

Title: 2SLGBTQ+ Adult Virtual Drop In Group!

Date and Time: Monday, March 28th from 6:30 -7:30pm 

Location: Zoom Meetings

Create social connections and meet other 2SLGBTQ+ folks in Niagara! Each month we will have different discussion prompts and/ or games!

Open to all sexual and gender diverse identities aged 19+, living in Niagara. 

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2slgbtq-adult-virtual-drop-in-group-tickets-192095682357

Title: BRO Talks: Queerness and Men of the Family

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 29th from 2-3 PM

Location: MS Teams

Are you interested in a discussion-based safe space open exclusively to ALL MEN (Including Queer & gender diverse folks)?

If yes, come to our BRO (Badgers Ready and Open) Talks!

This casual discussion based event aims to open conversations about the experiences of men, masculinity, and gender norms. Additionally, the challenges that can stem from identifying as a queer man in society today.

Topics for this event include:

Policing of Queer Masculinities

Building Healthy Male Sexualities and Gender Expression

The “Manly” Dynamic in Families

Open to all men and masculine identifying Brock students. 

Registration link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/203881

Title: Brock Pride: A Journey in Canada and Beyond

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 30th from 3 – 4:30pm

Location: Rankin Family Pavilion Room RFP214/215

Ever wondered what the experience is like for an international student to come to Canada and live out their true identities in a foreign land? Is Canada as open and inclusive from an international perspective?

Listen to the journey of Brock International students and our community partner guests from the Niagara Folk Arts as they navigate their identities in Canada.

We will listen to their journeys and after, the floor will be open for discussion and sharing of your experience as a domestic student or an international student.

Brock International staff, Human Rights and Equity staff, and members of the Niagara Folk Arts team will be present to learn about the Brock experience and provide additional community support for all.

This even is open only to 2SLGBTQIA+ identifying individuals and supportive allies.

Registration link https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/204422

Title: Drag Bingo with Vanity a la Mode

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 30 starting at 8 p.m.

Location: Isaac’s

Join us for a night of bingo with your hostess Vanity a la Mode and aim for the B-I-N-G-O to win some great prizes! This is an all-ages event with free snacks provided by BUSU. Masks must be worn when not at your table. Sign up for advance seating (up to 6 per table) for an extra set of cards!

Open to all Brock students. 

Registration link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/204130

Title: The Trans Agenda: Increasing Visibility in Academia

Date and Time: Thursday, March 31st from 12PM-1PM

Location: Zoom Webinars

Facilitated by Jasper Fisher

This talk will explore the intersections between being an academic and being transgender. Despite the fact that academia has become tightly intertwined with gender politics, and that transgender and gender diverse people have long been the subjects of academic research, transgender people are typically excluded from participating in higher education. Throughout this hour, we will discuss what it is like being a transgender person in higher academia, transitioning through a degree, and how academia is navigated by trans, nonbinary, and gender diverse people.

This event is open to everyone, including community members. 

Registration link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/204587

Title: GSV Support Certificate: 2SLGBTQIA+ Perspectives

Date and Time: Thursday, March 31st from 5PM-6PM

Location: MS Teams

Join us for a workshop about how gender & sexual violence affects 2SLGBTQIA+ communities in multiple ways. This workshop involves two components. A 30-minute Sakai online module, and a 1-hour Teams Seminar to discuss what you’ve learned in Sakai, and engage in some experiential activities.

For access to Sakai, please register on Experience BU for this event at least 3 hours before the scheduled Seminar. We ask that you please complete the Sakai module BEFORE the Teams Seminar to be able to attend and engage in the seminar.

This workshop is part of a Certificate Series. Complete 5 workshops to receive a “Standard Gender & Sexual Violence Support Certificate”. Complete 10 to receive an “Advanced Gender & Sexual Violence Support Certificate”. For more information about our Certificate program, please visit: https://brocku.ca/human-rights/events-and-actions/#gsvcertificate or email Talia at tritondo@brocku.ca.

Open to Brock students, staff, faculty, and librarians. 

Registration link: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/197091

Title: TDOV: Messages to Trans Youth Community Writing Session

Date and Time: Thursday, March 31st from 7PM-8:30PM

Location: Zoom Meetings

Come connect with community and write messages of support and affirmation for trans youth to celebrate Trans Day of Visibility! We aim to create a learning space for newcomers and non-newcomers to learn more about trans-affirming language and to show their support for gender diverse youth in our communities! 

The session will begin with some community connection exercises led by Simon Calaycay, and then Jasper Fisher will provide a brief training on the importance of gender-affirming language. Following, we will allot time for attendees to write messages of support and affirmation for Trans and gender diverse youth in Niagara. We will then offer the opportunity for attendees to share their messages if they wish. Messages can also be submitted during the session and, with your consent, may be shared on Brock SJC, Niagara Folks Arts, and community partners’ social media pages. 

This event is open to everyone, including community members. 

Folks can register here or by emailing Bri Irvine (they/them) at birvine@folk-arts.ca.

This session will be held on Zoom. Automated closed captions will be available. Email Michelle at mmudge@brocku.ca for accommodation requests.

This event is brought to you by a collaboration between the Brock Student Justice Centre and Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre’s Bridging Rainbow Borders program. 

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tdov-messages-to-trans-youth-community-writing-session-tickets-298965974277

Important Dates: Transgender Day of Visibility

What is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV)? 

“Each year on March 31, the world observes Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) to raise awareness about transgender people. It is a day to celebrate the lives and contributions of trans people, while also drawing attention to the poverty, discrimination, and violence the community faces.

International TDOV was created in 2010 by trans advocate Rachel Crandall. Crandall, the head of Transgender Michigan, created TDOV in response to the overwhelming majority of media stories about transgender people being focused on violence. She hoped to create a day where people could re-focus on celebrating the lives of transgender people, empowering them to live authentically, while still acknowledging that due to discrimination, not every trans person can or wants to be visible.”

Glaad, 2021