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Call it what you want, I call it transphobia.

Posted September 7th, 2010 by Two Spirit Gathering Blogger 1 | No Comments

I want to preface this with what I have prefaced most of my comments during the Gathering with. I don’t believe in rights and wrongs. I believe in truths. There is my truth, your truth, her truth, their truth, his truth, and all of them are true. I believe that many truths can exist simultaneously [...]

Day 2: No Talent show!

Posted September 7th, 2010 by Two Spirit Gathering Blogger 1 | No Comments

I just want to let everyone know I’m working on snagging some pictures to share so keep coming back. I know we’re also not exactly ‘live’ blogging anymore but doesn’t dead blogging sound cooler anyway? I was watching the sacred fire for a lot of the No Talent Show so I missed some of the [...]

Into the Gathering (A Two Spirit’s journey of 1st and enlightenment)

Posted September 5th, 2010 by Two Spirited Gathering Blogger 3 | No Comments

My Thoughts so far of the time spent here. Sept 3-5 I dreamt of a place where you can  go and feel a sense of togetherness, a place where you sense a power innately in you that cracles in the air. I dreamt of a place where the trees begin to lean towards your presence, and the grass falls [...]

Interview with AITSG participant

Posted September 5th, 2010 by Two Spirited Gathering Blogger 3 | No Comments

As part of the blog, we’ve decided to interview other participants who wanted to be part of the blog! We had some scripted questions, but people could choose what they wanted to share, and what they did not want to. 1. Your name, age, where are you from? Alaya McIvor, 27, I am from Northern [...]

First Time on the stage draggin it up, “Happpening to Stupid Cupid” this hott soulsister from Ginoogaming First Nation, Ontario

Posted September 5th, 2010 by Two Spirited Gathering Blogger 3 | No Comments

hey y’all its Joseph aka Joeena blogging live from Two Spirit Gathering 22nd Annual in Manitoba, its is soo awesome being here and meeting new friends and seeing and hanging with some ol buddies, i did my very first dragg perfomrance in from the crowd, happening, dancing and lip singing to “stupid cupid ” hey [...]

Discussions and Healing

Posted September 5th, 2010 by Two Spirited Gathering Blogger 3 | No Comments

Hey Everyone, I can’t believe how much has happened since yesterday! I woke up late this morning (oops!) but it turned out that the workshop for the youth didn’t start until a lot later- it was supposed to start at 8am, but not enough people came out that early. But, eventually the workshop started and [...]

Act 2 Scene 2: My First Sweat!

Posted September 5th, 2010 by Two Spirit Gathering Blogger 1 | No Comments

When I first arrived one of the women I’m sharing a room with offered to give me skirt, out of nowhere. Just said she had a skirt and I should have it. Now, who here believes everything happens for a reason? Because I do. It turns out Creator meant for me to do a sweat. [...]

Day 2: “When my legs are shaking, I’ve gotta get up” -ITSG Participant

Posted September 4th, 2010 by Two Spirit Gathering Blogger 1 | No Comments

Where Do I even begin? This morning was the youth stream where a workshop led by Jessica Yee and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. The workshop covered some projects of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network including the aforementioned Healthy Sexuality and Fighting Homophobia: Native Youth Photography Project which includes a couple awesome videos [...]

Day 1: I love it here.

Posted September 3rd, 2010 by Two Spirit Gathering Blogger 1 | No Comments

Heyo! I am so excited to be here and to be blogging to all of you who couldn’t make it. Your presence is missed. I really hope to see more of you here next year. I’m already planning on fundraising to bring a big van of you with me. Ok, so my name is Jasmine [...]

First Day of AITSG 2010 and new cousins!!

Posted September 3rd, 2010 by Two Spirited Gathering Blogger 3 | No Comments

Waachyay everyone!! I flew into Manitoba yesterday from Toronto, ON and now I’m completely exhausted! I had taken a bus in from Kingston, ON that left at 6am and got into Toronto around 10am. I hung out in the airport in Toronto for a while, drinking lots of coffee. I was really super nervous about [...]

Tell us about it! 2010 International Two Spirit Gathering

Posted September 2nd, 2010 by Aniska Youth Line | No Comments

Two Spirit folks from all over are gathering in Beausejour, Manitoba tonight for a weekend of amazing discussion, learning, connection and growth.You can find out more about the gathering and its history here Once again this year, our fabulous partners at the Native Youth Sexual Health Network will be live blogging from the event right [...]

All Out! Take a stand for inclusive sex health education and reproductive justice!

Posted June 4th, 2010 by Aniska Youth Line | No Comments

On Saturday, June 19th, we invite you to stand up with us for inclusive sex health education in Ontario and reproductive justice at home and abroad. We’re coming together with Planned Parenthood, Oxfam, The Native Youth Sexual Health Network , The Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics, Canadians for Choice and GAPP to demand the following: [...]

Coverage: A1 Voices From Generation of Hybrids

Posted May 13th, 2010 by Feiran | No Comments

To be perfectly honest, this Queer Conference has unquestionably exceeded all my expectations. Being one of the first of its kind, the event speakers openly addressed many issues that have usually been ignored and avoided in our society. As an audience, it is easy to see how this conference can be transformative for many people. [...]

Converge 2010

Posted May 5th, 2010 by lea.damata | No Comments

On April, 28, 2010, I attended the Converge Conference at Ursula Franklin Academy. This conference brought together a diverse student body, to learn about sexuality, from gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, transsexual, intersex or transgender, through a creative aspect and its’ relation to social justice.  Throughout the day, us, students went through a series of three [...]

Talking About It: South Asian LGBTQ experiences

Posted March 22nd, 2010 by Aniska Youth Line | No Comments

Check out this article on LGBTQ advances and struggles from southasianparent.com – it’s got some interesting information about queer activism in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives. Though there have been advances in legal recongnition and protections for LGBT folks in Nepal and India in the past few years, talking about LGBTQ [...]

Have you seen this? Great info for queer Black, Caribbean and African men!

Posted March 19th, 2010 by Aniska Youth Line | No Comments

The Low Down – it’s not new, but every time I stumble on it,  I’m reminded of just how awesome it is. Tons of information, not to mention great stories, for gay, bi, queer, trans and msm (men who have sex with men) Black, Caribbean and African men.  Need to know how to use a [...]

I Came, I Saw, I Blogged

Posted March 1st, 2010 by i like chips | No Comments

I must confess that I’ve never blogged before.  Ever.  No, don’t stop reading and please don’t take away my Generation Y membership card.  I’ve just never felt the need to, okay?  Up until now that is. I’ve recently graduated from university and moved back in with my folks.  While I was living in another city [...]

Vents on Identity and Desire…

Posted March 1st, 2010 by Jian | No Comments

So, I’m here to vent about some of my stress out here. If anyone identifies with some of my feelings, great. If there are any responses or answers, that’s fine too. I’m really pissed off at the mainstream gay and lesbian (excluding everyone else) community. I mean specifically the culture of Church Street/gaybourhood and Hamilton [...]

Youth Group Spotlight, Volumn 1: Spektrum

Posted February 10th, 2010 by Aniska Youth Line | No Comments

Thanks to  Travoy, Peer Outreach Worker and Co-Facilitator of Spektrum (Part of the Reach Out program at Griffin Centre) for this post. Want your group spotlighted? Let us know! Email outreach@youthline.ca. Spektrum is an exciting social group for queer and trans youth of colour that meets every Tuesday to explore our lives and identities. We [...]

Transitioning without Hormones

Posted January 20th, 2010 by Aniska Youth Line | No Comments

**This post is from an author who wishes to remain anonymous** I realize that talking about transitioning is a very personal thing.  Everyone has their own experiences when they transition from one sex to the next and while there are common experiences, every situation is unique. I started identifying as transgender about 8 years ago [...]

Reclaiming Healthy Sexualities for Native Youth- Jessica Yee tells it like it is

Posted January 6th, 2010 by Aniska Youth Line | No Comments

Do you know about Jessica Yee and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (who the Youth Line just happens to be partners with) ? You should. You reeallly should. Read this and go here. She’s speaking directly about Aboriginal youth and the ongoing colonialism that’s enacted on their bodies and spirits and that message is [...]

Awesome Queer Muslim Zine

Posted November 13th, 2009 by Aniska Youth Line | No Comments

I was really excited to stumble across Huriyah- an online zine about being queer and Muslim. It’s full of interesting articles, book recommendations and resources for those of us trying to reconcile our faith and our sexuality. It also has some great pieces for those curious about Islam and its rainbow following. Check it out!

Neato Blog Alert!

Posted October 13th, 2009 by Aniska Youth Line | No Comments

Stumbled over this awesome blog called Gender Outlaw. The blog is written anonymously and details one person’s FTM (female to male) transition process. Gender Outlaw is also part of the larger TransMan Tracking Project- an international project that physically shows on a map that Trans Men are everywhere. The project asks people who identify as [...]

My experience at the International Two Spirit Gathering

Posted October 11th, 2009 by Two Spirited Gathering Blogger 3 | No Comments

I attended the International Two Spirited Gathering this past week  in Estes Park, Colorado.  The location of where the gathering took place was  amazing!  Surrounded by beautiful mountains and the presence of the wildlife was an incredible atmosphere for a wonderful conference.  My experience with the people and the conference was a one of a kind, they welcome [...]

Being Two Spirited and a “Youth”

Posted October 10th, 2009 by Two Spirit Gathering Blogger 2 | No Comments

Being a two spirited human being is one of the most honored titles someone can get. i myself thought it was natural to be who i am, but i later learned that its just more than natural. Being two spirited is being able to grasp both spirits inside yourself and use both your feminine and [...]