My name is Sabrina Jalees and I’m a queer comedian in Toronto.
Since hearing about JersVision.org it has been my pleasure to volunteer with them and engage youth in our community to challenge homophobia and transphobia—and fundraise for them too!
Getting involved with Jer’s Vision has been an amazing experience.
Anyone who’s come out knows it can be a challenge– the risks are huge. Your family feels “lied to”, your identity is a magnet to bullies, and your least attractive straight friend will inevitably assume you’re in love with them.
Jer’s Vision has been a lifesaver for young people in the midst of all this, not only by supporting youth at risk, but also working with the youth around them to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying, and creating safer youth spaces.
For me, being myself has never been easy. Recently I got married and came out to my extended Muslim family only to be broken up with.
So, as a comedian, I am going on the road and sharing my story. I’ve embarked on a comedy tour calledBrownlisted. Brownlisted is teaming up with Jer’s Vision, and we want you to come check out our shows all over Canada!
And, if you’re wondering, what are those fabulous folks down at JersVision doing this week? Well, they’ve been in Milton, ON working with teachers, doing workshops for youth in the St Lawrence Valley, and training firefighters in Ottawa—all in an effort to eliminate homophobia & transphobia! They are also looking for volunteers for the new Rainbow Outreach team (info below). Keep up with them ontwitter.com/jersvision
see you at at the show, & happy pride month
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