Event at a Glance
About We Belong 2021
About the Event: Moyo Health & Community Services was proud to host our fifth annual event on May 17th 2021, in alignment with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOT). As we continued to highlight the needs of queer and trans communities in Peel, the event allowed us to come together to resist the structures and systems in place that continue to marginalize the 2SLGBTQ+ communities. We supported each other during this difficult period where we cannot be together in person, and helped each other heal from the harms of the homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia through this community gathering online. With a diverse range of thought leaders, performers, and artists, we engaged in a critical conversation around the needs of communities in the current pandemic state and beyond.
With the effects of COVID-19 continuing, we continued to provide space for our queer and trans community members in Peel to see themselves reflected and represented in this event.
IDAHOT was established in 2004 to elevate the serious human rights issues, including violence and discrimination, faced by 2SLGBTQ+ communities across the world. Closer to home, 2SLGBTQ+ communities in Peel face issues around community visibility, inclusion and access to timely social and human services. Their experience of stigma and discrimination disproportionately puts them at more risk of negative health and wellbeing. Our environment, systems and structures put stress on our 2SLGBTQ+ communities by way of social stigmatization, stigma, substance use, Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infections (STBBIs) and poor mental health outcomes.
IDAHOT is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and disrupt false narratives while building awareness of key issues and barriers faced by folks as they navigate their intersectional experiences.
Moyo's Virtual Safter Space Guidelines - Online Privacy Considerations: Privacy is one of our top priorities and can be difficult to navigate in the virtual world. These online sessions are public, and we can’t fully guarantee safety. While we recognize that no space is exclusively “safe” for anyone, we must collectively work towards mitigating harms. We collectively strive to create spaces (including virtual ones) that are free of as many barriers as possible as a means of working towards liberation. This means that we’re all responsible for creating the spaces we desire, by educating ourselves, each other and ensuring that we are continually engaging in these conversations and creating relationships of support and collective responsibility.
Our spaces are NOT spaces for explicit or implicit violence, racism, sexism, ageism, transphobia, cissexism, sizeism, fatphobia, sexual harassment, and gender policing, or doing anything to another person without their consent. Acting in a way that disrespects, harms others or undermines these values will not be tolerated at any time and individuals behaving this way will be removed from the meeting. We reserve the right to assess and manage circumstances and situations in the best interest of our collective vision towards creating ‘liberation’ and ‘safer’ spaces.
About Moyo Health & Community Services
Moyo Health & Community Services (formerly Peel HIV/AIDS Network) has been a leader in the social service sector of Peel Region for more than two decades. Our vision is optimal health and wellbeing for all.
We strive to improve the lives of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals in our community with programming and initiatives that foster a sense of belonging and inclusion. Our influence in strengthening 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion in the region at a policy level is borne out through our leadership in the region-wide LGBTQ Collaborative, and Pride in Volunteering project conducted in partnership with Volunteer MBC. Community members benefit from our educational programs, leadership training, facilitation of mentorship and networking opportunities, and advocacy work. Additionally, we offer a series of trainings for service providers that aim to enhance organizational competencies in 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, and to combat homophobia in our community. All proceeds of We Belong: Justice for All will go towards Moyo’s programs and services in support of 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
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