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Breaking Silences: A Caribbean LGBTQ+ Symposium

Saturday September 22nd 10:00am – 5:00pm //  Free Event

‘Breaking Silences’ aims to foster critical conversations related to queer Caribbean histories, ontologies, narratives, experiences, tensions, and futures as well as is driven to construct healing spaces of dialogue, unity, and togetherness through presentations, storytelling, films, panel discussions, and workshops. While oftentimes queer people of colour communities are pushed to the margins in discourses of “pride,” ‘Breaking Silences’ creates a unique safe space for an unprecedented cultural exploration of the intersectionality of queer identities and Caribbeanness. This one-day symposium will directly create visibility and validity for the queer Caribbean community within Toronto by bringing together international queer Caribbean activists, researchers, academics, and community leaders (as well as their allies) to engage in discussion and conversation related to immigration, mental health and stigma, HIV/AIDS, gender identity, faith, family acceptance, diaspora politics, belonging, queer and trans Caribbean identities and other issues affecting LGBTQ+ diasporic Caribbean communities.

The goals of this one-day symposium are to network, organize, educate, build capacity, foster critical conversations and highlight the cultural diversities and colorful identities and/or expressions of diasporic LGBTQ+ Caribbean communities. This is intergenerational space in nature, so folks of any age are encouraged to attend, heal together from our ancestral trauma and for those who out of fear live in the shadows to safely share their experiences of living without access to health care, mental health care, and legal status. Through powerful panel discussions, resources, and storytelling, Breaking Silences aims to create an opportunity to empower community members who suffer from a variety of mental health issues, family rejection, and living with HIV, which adds another layer of stigma, shame, and discrimination to seek support, find community and join us while we celebrate progress, as we continue to build, love and connect the Caribbean LGBTQ+ community in Ontario.

This is an all ages event.