Mother Tongues – Community Workshop Conversation


Call for LGBTQ2S+ Participants with English as as Additional Language (EAL)*

WHEN: April 21st and 23rd 2021
2 four-hour sessions, with breaks.
Times to be determined.
WHERE: Online, over Zoom
COMPENSATION: $240 honorarium
Live Closed Captioning will be provided

Deadline to submit: April 12, 2021

*We highly encourage applications from queer immigrants and newcomers who feel the burden of language when it comes to queerness and expression.

We are looking to connect, converse and share stories with LGBTQ2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Pansexual, Trans, Non-binary, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit) community members whose native language is not English, who have learned it as an additional language.

With facilitation by Jen Sungshine, we will provide a safe space for community members to reflect on their lived experiences as multi-lingual queer people. How has language shaped who we are? How does English succeed or fail to express our feelings, our gender, or our sexuality? What barriers have we faced due to having English as an additional language?

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Be-Longing: A Collaborative, Digital, Musical Performance

Be-Longing Official Trailer from Chimerik on Vimeo.

Created by Fay Nass, Meghna Haldar & Sammy Chien
A Partnership with CHIMERIK 似不像

1:02:07 | 2020 | Canada | English, Spanish, Arabic & Cantonese

Vancouver Premiere: December 16th – 20th, 2020

With Closed Captioning

Be-Longing is a digital theatrical performance incorporating ancient and contemporary lyrics, devised performance, movement and interdisciplinary media about the nature of queer desire, exile, mourning and migration in diaspora. A collaboration between three Canadian artists from Taiwan, Iran and India, Be-Longing is an innovative and elegiac ode to home during a time of contagion.

Content Warning: Dialogue about racism and homophobic and transphobic violence.

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Telling It Bent 2021 – Applications Now Closed

Applications are now closed for Telling It Bent! TIB is a writing workshop for queer, trans, Two Spirit, and questioning BC youth (ages 14 to 25). Led by Lutselk’e Dene and Plains Cree spoken word artist, poet, and land defender Tawahum Bige, the program provides emerging writers with the opportunity to gain skills, meet other queer young creatives, and explore different styles of writing. Telling It Bent 2021 will focus on playwrighting and poetry.

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