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Youth/Elders Programming

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NIGE GOUGH SHINE ON FOUNDATION AT THE TORONTO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL’S ARTISTS IN THE LIBRARY PROGRAM (for The Youth / Elders Podcast)

Our focus on intergenerational connections continues with revamped Youth/Elders Programming, curated by leZlie lee kam and Usman Khan. The programming will incorporate both digital and in-person components. Moving to an online format this past year has allowed us to reach an audience well beyond our home in Toronto, and we continue to strengthen these long-distance connections as other in-person activities resume. Look out for speed history online, Sunday salons in-person in the cabaret, and more.

“One day, if you’re lucky, you too will be a queer senior.”

– leZlie lee kam

Buddies’ Youth / Elders Projects are an ongoing response to the need for building intergenerational spaces, conversations, and relationships in our queer community. The program launched in 2016 with a year-long project that culminated in the acclaimed theatrical production The Youth / Elders Project on Buddies mainstage, and continues with a regular program of community conversations, knowledge sharing, a podcast, and more.

Collage by Awake Studio. Photo of leZlie lee kam by Dylan Mitro, styling by Cat Calica, hair and makeup by Robert Weir.

Youth/Elders Programming series

hosted by LEZLIE LEE KAM + USMAN KHAN

As a global pandemic disproportionately affects our queer communities, the need to create space for queer intergenerational dialogue is more important now than ever. Our Youth/Elders Programming offers both virtual and in-person spaces for formal and informal discussions about salient issues within our communities. 

Speed History and Sunday Salons are open to queer youth, elders, and folks of any age interested in conversation across queer generations. No artistic experience is necessary.

2022/23 sessions

Speed History: Getting to Know Each Other
Monday, October 24, 2022, 6-8PM on Zoom
In our first session, take part in a round of Speed History where elders and youth will be paired together to discuss identity, sexuality, community, and all things queer. 

To sign up for a reminder for Speed History and Sunday Salons, fill out this form.


The Youth / Elders Podcast

Recorded live at the Oakwood branch of the Toronto Public Library, this monthly podcast features the personal stories, lived histories, and candid conversations from queer elders and youth. Over the course of six months, over 50 people participated as either audience or storytellers exploring ideas of queer history, ageing, identities, and the evolving and intersectional way different generations relate to their queerness.

Click here for more info and to subscribe with your favourite podcast app.

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