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More Panel Discussions during THE NORMAL HEART 2012

THE NORMAL HEART panels

Your experience at the theatre doesn’t have to end with the final curtain call. Last season we introduced a series of panel discussions, inspired by The Normal Heart, during which some of Toronto’s most brilliant leaders in community organizing, service, medicine and advocacy engaged in fascinating conversation with audience members. This year, we are honoured to welcome back several returning panellists as we introduce new expert voices into the dialogue.

Panels are at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Tallulah’s Cabaret. Entry is FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. Come for the 2PM Sunday matinee and stay for the panel, or attend the panel only – all are welcome (and there is a cash bar).

PANEL 1

We Are Not Criminals: Examining Canada’s Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2012 – 5PM
Join us to learn more about one of the most pressing issues facing Canadians living with HIV today, and how the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE) is seeking justice. HIV/AIDS activist Jessica Whitbread leads a panel of experts and community members in a conversation about this complicated issue.
See participant bios.

PANEL 2

THE NORMAL HEART: Why Now?

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2012 – 5PM
Recently back from the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C., HIV/AIDS researcher and activist Nicole Greenspan moderates a discussion about past and present responses to The Normal Heart and its relevance in the current social and political landscape.
See participant bios.


Before and after each discussion you can learn more about some of Toronto’s leading HIV/AIDS service and advocacy organizations and continue an informal dialogue. Representatives from the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA), AIDS ACTION NOW! (AAN!) and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) will be there to share their expertise.


PANEL 1

We Are Not Criminals: Examining Canada’s Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure
(October 28, 2012 – 5PM)

MODERATOR Jessica Whitbread
PANELLISTS Tim McCaskell, Ryan Peck, Rai Reece
(Go to Panel 2)

Jessica Whitbread

Jessica Whitbread

Moderator

Jessica Whitbread has been living with HIV for over a decade. After her diagnosis she felt compelled to begin to advocate for the sexual and reproductive health and rights of people living with HIV. She makes her style of activism accessible, direct and fun for everyone. Her outspoken, blunt approach to what it is like to live with HIV has given her the opportunity to speak in a number of exciting forums around the world, including the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS as part of the Canadian Delegation. Jessica is the Capacity Building Coordinator at the Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC), an AIDS ACTION NOW! steering committee member, the North American Representative on the international steering committee of The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, and a fabulous hair stylist and jet setter in her off time.

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Tim McCaskell

Tim McCaskell

Panellist

Tim McCaskell is a long-time Toronto gay activist. He was on the steering committee of the Right To Privacy Committee and chaired the group’s Public Action Committee, which organized the public demonstrations after the bath raids. He was a founding member of AIDS ACTION NOW! in 1988, and is presently active in the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure. Read “Power to the People: A look back at the issues, struggles and victories that defined the early age of AIDS activism in Canada” and “What an AIDS conference should look like: Taking stock following the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington” by Tim McCaskell.

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Ryan Peck

Ryan Peck

Panellist

Ryan Peck graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2000. Since 2007, he has been executive director of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), where he was previously both an articling student and a staff lawyer. Ryan has worked as a staff lawyer at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, and in the Tenant Duty Counsel Program at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario. He has also served as criminal duty counsel at Toronto’s Old City Hall. Ryan is a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, co-chair of the province-wide Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure, and vice-chair of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

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Rai Reece

Rai Reece

Panellist

Rai’s research interests include Race and Racism, Canadian Black Feminist Criminology and Social Justice Education, and she has published in these areas. She has worked extensively coordinating workshops and educational programs for adult learners and youth in community-based organizations. In addition to this, she has coordinated projects and research initiatives that focus on eradicating Violence against Women and Children. She has a PhD in Women’s Studies from York University, and formerly was employed as the Women’s Prison Program Coordinator for the Prisoners’ 
HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN).

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PANEL 2

THE NORMAL HEART: Why Now?
(November 4, 2012 – 5PM)

MODERATOR Nicole R. Greenspan
PANELLISTS Glen Brown, Ed Jackson, Morgan M. Page, Corena Ryan
(Go to Panel 1)

Nicole Greenspan

Nicole R. Greenspan

Moderator

Nicole R. Greenspan is currently in the final years of a PhD at the University of Toronto, where her research focuses on HIV prevention at community-based organizations. She is also currently involved in a number of community-based HIV research projects. Her previous experience involves HIV work in India. She is a current board member of the Hassle Free Clinic and she is a Steering Committee member of AIDS ACTION NOW!

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Glen Brown

Glen Brown

Panellist

Glen Brown is a leader, manager and communicator who has been active in HIV/AIDS organizing for over 20 years. For the past decade he has headed a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, communications and policy for the not-for-profit sector. Prior to that he served as the senior manager at the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE), Canada’s largest national AIDS organization. He has been active in AIDS ACTION NOW! since its formation in 1988. He’s also served on the Boards of the Canadian AIDS Society, the 519 Church Street Community Centre, the Wellesley Institute and (in a current role) Greenpeace Canada. As a consultant he has worked with local, regional, national and international AIDS organizations. He recently served as Interim Executive Director of Pride Toronto and is currently serving as Interim Executive Director of Street Health.

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Ed Jackson

Ed Jackson

Panellist

Ed Jackson has been involved in queer and HIV organizing since 1971 when he became a core member of the editorial collective that produced the gay liberation journal The Body Politic. He became involved in HIV/AIDS organizing in its earliest years while documenting government inaction and gay community response in the news pages of The Body Politic. In 1983 he set up the first planning meetings for the organization that became the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and was its Director of Community Education for seven years. Ed joined CATIE in 2007, where he is currently the Director of Program Development.

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Morgan Page

Morgan M. Page

Panellist

Morgan M. Page/Odofemi is a performance + video artist, award-winning activist and writer currently living in Toronto. Her provocative performances have been curated in Toronto, Montreal and Peterborough, and her video work has screened in Canada, South Korea and India. She is also the curator of TWAT/fest, the world’s first fine arts festival by trans women artists. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Youthline’s Outstanding Contribution to Community Empowerment award for her transfeminist activist efforts. She writes about trans politics, sex work and HIV at PrettyQueer.com, and more information can be found on her website Odofemi.com.

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Corena Ryan

Corena Ryan

Panellist

Corena Ryan is an Anishinawbe kwe with roots in Manitoulin Island, ON, and Potenza, Italy. She was born and raised in Toronto and began her career in Aboriginal palliative care by volunteering with 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations on care teams in 1993. 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations is a not-for-profit Aboriginal social service agency with members comprising Aboriginal two spirit, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered and intersexed individuals. 2-Spirits also gives service and support to any aboriginal person living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Corena is a member of the Canadian AIDS Society, is involved with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, the Toronto Palliative Care Network and the HIV/AIDS Mental health network, and is currently a board member of Nishnawbe Homes. She is presently the Client Care Coordinator at 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations.

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