Pioneers: Trans and Two-Spirit Activists Generating Social Change
Meridian Hall (formerly the Sony Centre) - Lower Lobby
1 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, Canada
Presented by TO Live as part of the Insights Discussion Series.
Mandela: Struggle for Freedom Exhibition Defiance Zone: The South African Freedom Charter could be compared to the List of Rights asserted by Louis Riel and his provisional government to protect the rights of all people in Manitoba and enshrined in the Manitoba Act. Like other freedom fighters of the past, trans and two-spirit community members are pioneers in human rights activism, working to secure rights for all people in defiance of systemic discrimination and violence. Activists are working toward social and institutional reform, focusing on poverty-reduction, health care, violence, housing rights, and isolation. Canada is home to some of the world’s staunchest human rights activists for trans and two-spirit peoples. What are the strategies and forms of resistance these activists are employing to generate social change? How can we all get involved to create a more equitable society? Toronto’s Samson Bonkeabantu Brown and Manitoba’s Brielle Beardy-Linklater will share their personal experiences and insights.
As a complement to the upcoming Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibition at Meridian Arts Centre (formerly the Toronto Centre for the Arts), The Insights Discussion Series highlights our own human rights issues and the local activists currently fighting for the betterment of us all. Curated by Timea Wharton-Suri and hosted by Garvia Bailey, the four discussions will be offered FREE to the public with registration.