PFLAG Information Session

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When: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: Grand River Community Health Centre, 363 Colborne Street, Brantford ON, N3S 3N2

What: Stephen Hartley, President – National Board of Directors, PFLAG Canada, will be speaking on how PFLAG Canada provides support, information and resources about sexual orientation and gender identity to parents and friends of LGBTQ+ community members.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, email thebridgebrant@gmail.com

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Blurred Lines of Consent

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On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m. Advocates for a Student Culture of Consent is hosting The Blurred Lines of Consent: An Expert Panel. This energetic, sex-positive event is not only the launch of the made-at-Laurier Consent is Golden: Do you get it? campaign, it is also an opportunity for us to all pull together to work towards creating a culture of consent at Laurier. There’s been so much inspiring momentum to end gendered violence at Laurier and this is a chance to help through your presence and/or spreading the word.

This discussion will be moderated by Lynn Kane, Gendered Violence Task Force Coordinator!

We have some amazing speakers lined up:

Rebecca Godderis

o   Gendered Violence Faculty Colleague at WLU

Stephen Soucie

o   Program Coordinator at Male Allies Against Sexual Violence (MAASV)

Stacey Jacobs

o   Community Sexual Health Educator at Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region

Karly Rath

Student, and co-founder of Advocates for a Student Culture of Consent (ASCC)

Not only will we be defining consent and talking about how to give/ask/withhold it, we will be delving into the complexities that we know people struggle with in practice. Some of these grey areas include hooking up with drugs or alcohol in your system, falling into a routine/expectations in a long-term relationship, and whether agreeing to fooling around even though you don’t want to is consenting.

This event will be the first night we start promoting our Consent is Golden campaign, the huge project that ASCC, Not my Laurier, LSPIRG, Students’ Union, the Gendered Violence Task Force, Healthy Lifestyles, the Centre for Women and Trans People and other partners have been working on for months.

We really want to educate as many people as possible and regardless of education level on this topic, everyone can learn how to practice consent better.

The event will be at Laurier Waterloo at the Paul Martin Centre, and will be streamed to the Brantford Students’ Union Boardroom in the Student’s Centre. Members of the community are also welcome!

Please see our Facebook event, found here, and our posters:

What if We’re Both Wasted

But We’re Dating Already

How Drunk is Too Drunk

December 4th – Women We Love

On December 4th, join CFAR at Laurier Brantford where, in the lobby of the Research and Academic Centre West from 10AM – 1PM, we’ll be celebrating the women in our lives that make us stronger, support us and inspire us.  We invite everyone from the campus and local community to share the women that make them strong.

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

-Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963.

The Right to Retreat and the Politics of Self-Care

Last week, Rebecca Godderis and Joanna Brant teamed up to write a powerful piece about activism, exhaustion and the call for self-care.

Self-care has been a constantly-arising topic since we began our work together. The concept of self-care is the idea that community advocates and activists, and those who work in the caring professions, must remember to take care of themselves if they are to continue to be a resource to others, including to their own families and friends. This depiction of self-care leaves us with many questions: how do we undertake “self-care” in a world that is bombarded with gendered versions of consumption as self-care? For instance, the idea of organizing girlfriends to do “shopping therapy” or going to the spa for a pedicure appears to be a common self-care theme. These versions of self-care reinforce highly gendered understandings of what women enjoy, what women are good at, and what women are valued for in Western society.

Read the whole thing here, at Guts Magazine.

This Month: Activist Vikki Reynolds at Laurier Brantford

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The 2nd Annual Social Justice Forum is THIS SEPTEMBER, and we are proud to welcome Dr. Vikki Reynolds, activist and therapist, from Vancouver as our guest!

She will be giving a public lecture on Thursday, September 24, at 11:30AM in OD205 in the Odeon Building (50 Market Street, Brantford ON, N3T 2J4)

The topic is “Social Justice, Activism and Community Work: Tensions, points of connection and hopeful skepticism”

ALL WELCOME! Don’t miss out!

For more details, contact Jennifer Root, at jroot@wlu.ca.

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Brantford Pride 2015 – Events

Happy Pride Week!  To celebrate, we’d like to highlight some of the great events happening in Brantford:

Pride Flag Raising – TODAY, June 15th, 3PM at City Hall (100 Wellington Street). The traditional kick-off to Brantford’s Pride Week!

Pride Walk – June 20th, 12PM beginning at Grand River Community Health Centre (363 Colbourne St) to Mohawk Park.  Help create visibility and equality for our LGBT community in Brantford.

Pride in the Park – June 20th, 1PM – 5PM, Mohawk Park, between children’s play area and the hall.  Featuring live music, artists, balloon art, face painting and more!

You can see all events at the Brantford Pride website, not to mention information on fundraising and sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, and LGBT resources and history.
We hope to see you there!