Event at a Glance
About We Belong
Moyo Health & Community Services (formerly Peel HIV/AIDS Network) is proud to host our fourth annual event on May 15th 2020, in alignment with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOT). As we continue to highlight the needs of Queer and Trans communities in Peel, this wellness event will help us break the silence and raise the voices of those marginalized by our systems and structures. With a diverse range of thought leaders, performers and community champions, we ask that you join us and engage in a critical conversation around the needs of communities.
With the effects of COVID-19, we have redefined our objective this year to provide a space for our Queer and Trans Communities in Peel to see themselves reflected and represented while engaging in a dialogue on art, advocacy and wellness.
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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