Youth / Elders Projects

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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, and more.

In Conversation


As a global pandemic disproportionately affects our queer communities, the need to create space for queer intergenerational dialogue is more important now than ever. In Conversation is a space for formal and informal discussions about salient issues within our communities. You are invited to participate and talk, or just listen. Some sessions will feature specially invited guests to speak intimately on the themes and topics.

In Conversation is open to queer youth, elders, and folks of any age interested in conversation across queer generations. No artistic experience is necessary.

In Conversation will take place on Zoom, which allows you to phone in or video call in. We will post the zoom information here on the day of each event. Registration is not required, but if you would like it e-mailed to you on the day of, please sign up here.

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Zoom info for Oct 19:

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Meeting ID: 945 0096 0898
Passcode: 653753

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+1 647 374 4685
Meeting ID: 945 0096 0898
Passcode: 653753

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Access note: If ASL-interpretation is an access need for you, please let us know in the form above, or e-mail, and we will be in touch with you to confirm. Feel free to be in touch about any other access needs that we may be able to address.

The facilitators

leZlie Lee Kam

I am a world majority, brown, trini, Carib, Indo, Chinese, callaloo, differently-abled, queer, DYKE, community activist, elder. I live my life from an anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-colonial, inter-generational and intersectional perspective. I am a storyteller, workshop facilitator and actor. I advocate for the rights of queer seniors, 2-Spirit and transgender people of colour. I enjoy doubles, dancing, dim sum, a cold beverage and a hot “lime” anytime.


Ty Sloane
Tyler J Sloane is a multidisciplinary performance artist. Their art emphasizes marginalized voices that intersect mixed-race and queer identity. Exploring these themes through various projects: Photography (Self In Response to Influence of Violence & Community, Light Our Bodies, and Fruit Basket ), Visual Art (Self in Response, Breath On One Land, and But When), Community Arts (It’s All Queer Pride (2018-2021)), Burlesque (as Tygr Willy (BoylesqueTO, HausBoat, Passion Fruit)), and Theatre.

Photo of leZlie by Jocelyn Reynolds, photo of Ty by Ty Sloane.

Fall 2020 Sessions

Conversation 1: Activism, Allyship, and Art

What is the role of the artist in these unprecedented times? How does art intersect activism and allyship to produce change?

Monday, October 19, 2020, 6-8PM

Conversation 2: Imagining new beginnings

Over the past few months, so many structures, institutions, and systems have come into question – police structures, the education system, our very own theatre. What do we leave behind? What is kept? How do we move forward?

Monday, November 16, 2020, 6-8PM

Conversation 3: Confronting Colonialism in our Spaces

Colonialism (and structures related to it *cough* capitalism *cough* racism) exists in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways in our queer spaces. How do we identify it? How do we change it? Who needs to be involved?

Monday, December 14, 2020, 6-8PM

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.

Series 1: Click here for more info and to subscribe with your favourite podcast app.

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Design by Lucinda Wallace. Photos courtesy of the artists.