TIckets available Thursday, May 16 at 9 am via Eventbrite. Register HERE (ages 13+)
Join us for a panel discussion on what it means to be queer in KW followed by performances by local LGBTQ+ artists (more to be announced!)
BJ Rye is an Associate Professor in the Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies department at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. BJ has taught many sexuality-related courses, including Introduction to Human Sexuality, Psychological Perspectives on Gender and Sex, and Psychosexual Organization. Her current research and teaching explores various aspects of sexuality and her published work focuses on attitudes toward sexual minorities and related issues (e.g., same-sex adoption, LGBT people).
Tee Kundu is an illustrator, artist and cultural producer. Interested in community, care, vulnerability and friendship, they use play and humor to subvert collective narratives. Currently working on the Chronic Heartbreak Manifesto + a smattering of zines/comics on the side. On occasion, they curate community events like workshops and dance parties. A queer immigrant of colour, they are committed to finding and creating space for QTIBPOC folks. Their pronouns are they/them.
Suzie Taka is a KW enthusiast, comedian and cool mom who will hopefully not give birth during pride, but just shortly after because mama has things to do. For the past 6 years she has been helping to produce Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival, and for two years co-founded and ran LOL, a queer and feminist comedy show in Downtown Kitchener. She believes strongly that all things queer need to be intersectional or not at all.
Jace Nyp is a 15-year-old Female to Male Trans activist from Waterloo. Jace recently received a KYAC Award for Service and Caregiving. He loves to share his stories and experiences with anyone who will listen. Jace is a visual art and drama major in high school and loves to use his creativity.
This panel will be moderated by Ellie Anglin and David Mason, Kitchener Public Library staff with a passion for all things queer. Ellie is an artist and writer and while David wishes he could draw, he watches Project Runway to fill the creative void instead.
Eve Nyandwi is an artist/math student/performer raised by super cool Rwandan parents/refugees/scholars. Eve has participated in the 2018 KWPS poetry residency and is now working on a multilingual poetry chapbook. Follow them at @eve.nyandwi on Instagram to keep up to date with their latest works and online shenanigans.
George Swooney is a non-binary drag king and gender performer from Waterloo. They were a co-founder of the University of Waterloo Drag Club and perform regularly throughout the region and beyond. Follow @thegreatswoon for more info!