Sharing Our Journeys
Do you work with older adults and/or the LGBT2Q+ community? Are you a senior in LGBT2Q+ communities, or an ally? Do you want to gather with other older adults and service providers to shine a light on issues facing queer and trans seniors?
Sharing our Journeys is an intergenerational LGBT2Q+ social and discussion group. People of all cultures and backgrounds are invited to join us as we launch a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirit, Queer/Questioning (LGBT2Q+) Community Response Network (CRN) for Seniors! Our goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of queer-identified older adults, by working together to eliminate instances of abuse, neglect, and self-neglect.
In November we viewed and discussed a 25-minute PBS documentary, "A Place in the Middle." This short film is told through the lens of Ho‘onani, a 6th grade student who dreams of leading the boys-only hula troupe at her school. She’s fortunate that her teacher understands those who embody both masculine and feminine spirit.
That teacher is Hina Wong-Kalu. She lives her life "in the middle", in between the traditional ways of Hawaii's indigenous, third gender, māhū culture, and as a modern transgender person in contemporary Hawaii, trying to preserve and pass on the indigenous culture to the younger generations.
We began the evening with dinner - a main course supplied by members of the Youth Space, beverages and snacks from Alex House, and potluck dishes we shared. After the film we had a brief discussion, sharing our feelings and thoughts.
SOJ runs from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Youth Space in Sunnyside Community Hall, in Bakerview Park, 1845 154 St. Contact Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-535-0015 (ext 236) for more information!