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Human Rights Series

June 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm EDT

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This week’s Human Right Series, titled Body Positivity: Different bodies, different voices. Panelists include Monica Forrester, Ty Sloane and Yelibert Cruz. and its moderated by Andrew Gurza.

The exquisite diversity of disabled, queer and trans bodies is without parallel! But our beautiful differences mean we sometimes struggle to feel good about our own bodies. Led by a panel speaking from lived experiences, this panel will cover a wide range of topics around body positivity. From the fetishization of and overfamiliarity with some of our bodies, to feeling bad about being disabled, fat or skinny, to finding a healthy balance between being comfortable with your body and making the changes you want. We’ll pay particular attention to queer & trans body positivity in the era of COVID-19.

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Andrew Gurza (he/him) is a Disability Awareness Consultant whose written work has been featured in The Los Angeles Tiimes, Men’s Health Magazine, Daily Xtra, Gay Times UK, Huffington Post, The Advocate, Everyday Feminism, Mashable, and Out.com, and several anthologies. He was the only disabled cast member of MTV Canada’s hit show, 1Girl5Gays. He is the host of DisabilityAfterDark: The Podcast Shining a Bright Light on All Things Disability available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher.  Follow him on Twitter @ItsAndrewGurza

Monica Forrester (she/her) is a 2 Spirit Trans woman of colour, working with the Trans community for 30 years to bring awareness, education and inclusion for Trans people in community spaces. She is the founder and Executive Director of Trans Pride Toronto – Transitioning Together, a group that made up the first Trans constituency at the Pride Parade in 2004. Most of her work is about bringing awareness to the most marginalized, racialized and sex working Trans people in the community, to improve understanding of the lives of the populations she identifies with and to better the outcomes of the communities that access spaces with queer folx and cis people in our society. She has been working in community services for 22 years, including 12 years at Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, where she continues to work to bring better, inclusive spaces for Trans and Non-binary people in our society. Follow her on Twitter @tsmoni

Ty Sloane (they/them) is a multidisciplinary performance artist focusing on Burlesque, Photography, and Spoken Word Theatre. Their art emphasizes marginalized voices that intersect mixed-race and queer identity. They’ve explored the aforementioned themes through various disciplines and projects, including: Photography (Self In Response to Influence of Violence & Community, Light Our Bodies, and Fruit Basket ), Visual Art (Self in Response, and Breath On One Land), Community Arts (Facilitation at SKETCH Working Arts in the performance program; It’s All Queer Pride), Burlesque (as Tygr Willy in BoylesqueTO and others), and Theatre/Performance. Follow them on Twitter @tyjsloane

Yelibert Cruz (she/her) is a Venezuelan-Canadian storyteller raised in Guelph, Ontario. Her work explores what it means to be part of the South American diaspora as a second-generation immigrant. Yeli has been published in several Canadian magazines, most recently including Contemporary Verse 2. She is also a producer for She’s All Fat, a podcast that explores body positivity, fat activism, and radical self-love. You can connect with her on Instagram or Twitter @yelibertcruz.

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