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Studio 180 Presents Free Panel Discussions During THE NORMAL HEART (2011)
Studio 180 invites you to join us for our newest community outreach activity: a pair of panel discussions inspired by The Normal Heart. Participate in a moderated dialogue about current and local HIV/AIDS issues and meet some of Toronto’s leaders in community organizing, service and advocacy.
Panels are on Sunday, October 23, and Sunday, October 30, beginning at 5PM at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Tallulah’s Cabaret. They are FREE and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Come for the 2:30PM Sunday matinee and stay for the panel, or attend the panel only – all are welcome (and there is a cash bar).
HIV/AIDS in Toronto: Past, Present & Future
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2011 – 5PM
Artist, educator and Toronto People With AIDS Foundation Poz Prevention Coordinator Mikiki
moderates a panel of leading HIV/AIDS activists, educators and doctors. Take part in a multi-generational dialogue about Toronto’s responses to HIV/AIDS. Where have we come from and where are we going?
See participant bios.
How HIV/AIDS Impacts Community
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011 – 5PM
What makes a community? Why is community important?
And, as community members, how are we responsible to one another? Veteran HIV/AIDS organizer Glen Brown moderates a panel of community leaders examining the complex answers to these questions.
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!), HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), Community AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) and the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) will be there to share their expertise.
HIV/AIDS in Toronto: Past, Present & Future
(October 23, 2011 – 5PM)
Mikiki is a queer video and performance artist from Newfoundland. They attended NSCAD and Concordia before returning to St. John’s to work as Programming Coordinator at Eastern Edge Gallery. They later moved to Calgary to work as the Director of TRUCK Gallery. Their work has been presented throughout Canada in self-produced interventions, artist-run centres and public galleries. Their practice and political history informed a shift into sexual health education work around 2003. Mikiki has since worked as a Sexuality Educator in Calgary’s public schools, a Bathhouse Attendant in Saskatoon and Drag Queen Karaoke Hostess in St. John’s – all informing their work in Gay Men’s Health. Mikiki has worked as Gay Men’s Sexual Health Outreach Worker in Ottawa, HIV Educator in Montreal and now the Poz Prevention Coordinator at Toronto People With AIDS Foundation.
Dr. Philip Berger is Chief, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Medical Director, Inner City Health Program at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. Dr. Berger has always treated large numbers of men from the gay community and has been the treating physician for many injection drug users. As such, he has been involved in the treatment of people with HIV/AIDS since the epidemic began. In December 2004, Dr. Berger began a 7½ month assignment as Team Leader of the Ontario Hospital Association’s AIDS initiative (OHAfrica Project) at the Tšepong (Place of Hope) Clinic in Leribe, Lesotho, and returned there as a locum physician in May 2008 and December 2009.
Trevor Gray is a long-time leader at the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) where he is Co-Chair of the Board of the Directors. He is presently employed at Prisoner’s with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN) as a Youth and Outreach Education Coordinator. Trevor was previously employed at Black CAP as the Men2gether Coordinator and Education Coordinator, and at East Metro Youth Services as the HIV/AIDS Prevention Coordinator and the Facilitator of Out and Proud. Trevor’s volunteer experience includes facilitation of the Black Queer Youth group at Supporting Our Youth, as well as work with the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Canadian AIDS Society, Asian Community AIDS Services, City Of Toronto AIDS Grant Review Panel, the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS and the Community Linked Evaluation AIDS Unit. Trevor has been recognized for his commitment to the HIV sector, and was recently awarded the Ontario AIDS Network Honour Role Caregiver Award.
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” by Tim McCaskell.
Alex McClelland is an advocate, educator, community organizer and researcher. Since his HIV-positive diagnosis in 1998, Alex has been involved in many Canadian and international civil society organizations working toward addressing the social drivers of the HIV epidemic including stigma, discrimination, poverty and other forms of inequality. Alex sits on the Steering Committee of AIDS ACTION NOW! a direct action activist organization working to realize the human rights of people living with HIV and Hepatitis C. Alex is currently completing his Master’s degree in Environmental Studies at York University. Read “How I Would Put an End to HIV” by Alex McClelland.
Rai’s research and advocacy 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, formerly was employed as the Women’s Prison Program Coordinator for the Prisoners’ HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN), and currently works for the Toronto District School Board. Most importantly, everyday she learns something new from her two and a half year old daughter.
How HIV/AIDS Impacts Community
(October 30, 2011 – 5PM)
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. As a consultant he has worked with local, regional, national and international AIDS organizations. He recently served as Interim Executive Director of Pride Toronto.
Since arriving in Toronto in 1997, Sergio has been at the forefront of the HIV/AIDS movement. As a community activist, philanthropist, educator and Manager of Program Volunteer Resources at The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), Sergio has been a strong advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS and has been instrumental in paving the way for newcomers to connect with our community. Sergio completed graduate studies at McGill University and went on to enjoy a successful career in the film industry in Los Angeles at Warner Brothers Communications, Creative Artists Agency, Miramax Films and Sovereign Pictures Distribution and as an independent film producer. He was a founding member of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), where he developed a series of Practical Assistance Programs and implemented a Spanish-Speaking artistic co-op where PHAs were able to utilize art, film, fiction, memoir, theatre and poetry to explore sexuality and HIV/AIDS in the context of gay men’s lives.
Lali Mohamed is a youth activist whose organizing surrounds sharing community movement strategies on sustaining youth social infrastructure and healthy queer and trans communities of colour. He is the Communications Director and Staff Reporter at Deviant Productions, an alternative youth media collective that advances social justice through video vignettes. Deviant Productions documents and archives the struggles and achievements of marginalized communities. Featured in newspapers, magazines, television and radio as a youth activist and diversity advocate, Lali has represented the LGBT Youth Line, Egale Canada, Salaam Canada and Ryerson University at
conferences across North America, always bringing the needs of queer, poor, racialized and Muslim youth to the table.
Marvelous Muchenje is currently a Community Health Coordinator at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands CHC. She has spent the last 15 years involved in the AIDS movement starting from volunteering, providing programming support to support groups of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and promoting HIV awareness internationally. She is a human rights activist engaged in supporting reforms and interventions that promote and protect human rights of all people, especially HIV positive women and children. In Canada she has been involved with many committees since 2006, bringing the voice of African and Caribbean women living with HIV. Diagnosed with HIV in 1995, she continues to participate passionately in various initiatives in the HIV movement.
Darien Taylor has been living with HIV and working in this field for over 20 years. In the late 1980s, she wrote about her experience as a woman living with HIV for Healthsharing, a national feminist healthcare magazine, and co-edited “Positive Women: Voices of Women Living With AIDS,” one of the earliest publications on the subject of women’s experiences of HIV disease. She was very involved in the HIV treatment activist organization AIDS ACTION NOW! in the early 1990s and founded the Ontario-based organization for women living with HIV, Voices of Positive Women, in this period. Darien has worked with the provincial and federal governments on HIV-related work and has worked and volunteered with a number of AIDS Service organizations in Toronto, including the AIDS Committee of Toronto and the Toronto PWA Foundation. Darien’s current position is Director of Program Delivery at CATIE, where she has worked for over seven years.
Jessica Whitbread is a young woman who has been living with HIV for over nine years. 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 doing her Master’s at York and is currently the Youth Support Worker at Positive Youth Outreach, 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.