Thursday July 6, 6-9pm
University Centre (UC) room 334, University of Guelph
*This workshop will be exclusive to trans-identified and LGBTQ+ folks.*
This workshop focuses on intimate relationships of all kinds and the complicated ways they can be affected when those involved struggle with mental health issues. We define and discuss consent as something that is vitally important in all relationships and look at some of the qualities of healthy, consensual relationships. We review some of the common “red flags” of abusive relationship dynamics and strategies for supporting friends who are experiencing abuse. We explore ways of recognizing our own abusive tendencies and behaviours and brainstorm ways to intervene when someone we know is causing harm in their relationships. We approach this workshop with the belief that everyone has the capacity to experience and perpetuate violence and that learning to care for others and nurture healthy, consensual relationships is an ongoing process for all of us.
A writer, a performer, and a cultural worker, Kai Cheng Thom is been widely known for her work on sexuality, race, and gender. Her first book, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir was recently published by Metonymy Press, and her first full-length poetry collection is due from Arsenal Pulp Press in April 2017. She is also the co-founder of Monster Academy Montreal, a radical mental health initiative for youth.
This workshop is the fifth in the Summer Institute series, which runs from June 19 to July 11. For general information and the list of workshops, go to http://opirgguelph.org/2017/06/summer-institute/ or https://www.facebook.com/SummerInstituteGuelph/
– this workshop is FREE!
– the room is wheelchair accessible.
– there will be access to an accessible and gender-neutral washroom.
– Vegan and gluten-free snacks (but not a meal) will be provided – feel free to bring additional food for your break if you’d like.
– Child care is available upon request with 48 hours notice. Babies are welcome in the workshop.
– Handouts can be made available in alternative formats with advance notice.
– Bus tickets will be available at the workshop.
– Unfortunately we cannot offer ASL interpretation but please get in touch to talk about how we can make the workshop accessible to you in other ways.
* Please help us to ensure a scent-reduced space. Perfumes, fragrances, scented products and cigarette smoke can be barriers for facilitators and participants. For more information on how to eliminate and reduce scents please see
Please contact us with any other needs or questions!