Queering Black History Month brings some important issues to the table

When we come to university we’re often introduced to a larger group of people; along with this growing environment, a number of issues pop up that you might have never thought about before. It’s good to talk about these issues, if nothing else, to get perspective on the world that you live in.

Queering Black History Month is a forthcoming event that’s going to be happening on the 28th of February at 5:30PM. Located on the 3rd floor of the Engineering Building, the night consists of a panel that looks to discuss issues pertaining to LGBTTIQQ2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgendered, Intersexual, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited) African, Black and Caribbean Canadians. I had a chance to talk to Rodney Diverlus, the RSU’s VP Equity, who informed me of some of the questions the night would attempt to talk about:

What are the achievements of African, Black, and Caribbean queer and trans communities?
What do their mobilization look like in Canada, specifically Toronto?
What are some strategies to sustain the history of African, Black, Caribbean queer and trans communities?
How do we resist white racism and black heterosexism?

Panelists include Syrus Ware, Courtnay McFarlane. Rinaldo Walcott. The event is supported by the Black History Awareness Committee, Positive Space Ryerson, and Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services.