Another amazing Dare to Stand Out Conference in Vancouver for BC and Yukon youth!

 
Jer’s Vision had a great time putting on the Dare to Stand Out Conference: British Columbia on January 21, 2013 at Gladstone Secondary School! The energy and participation of the over 200 students that attended was amazing!
 
Throughout the day, students participated in a variety of unique activities, and incredible and diverse workshops. They also heard a speech by Libby Davies, the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East and NDP Deputy, and attended a keynote address given by the one and only Ann Travers. 
 
The workshops covered tons of different topics and gave the students a wide assortment of knowledge to take away from the day. The workshops included: Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers, Colours of the Rainbow – Learning to Share Your Unique Personal Journey with Others, Social Change Thru the Medium of Film, Self-Care & Health In A Heterosexist Society, Building a Solid Foundation, Action/Event Planning, Queer History, Our City of Colours – The Role of Culture in LGBTQ Identities, Trans* Talking Circle, PrideSpeak, Exploring Healthy Sexuality and Relationships through the Theatre of the Oppressed, From Body Positivity to Community Engagement, Working Well Together, Assertive Boundary Setting, and last but certainly not least, Supporting Gender Nonconforming & Transgender Youth.
 
Our keynote speaker Ann Travers is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Travers’ current research activities reflect an interest in the role of sport in constructing gender identity, the relationship between sport and gender injustice, transgender issues within and outside of queer communities, and social safety nets for transgender and gender variant children and youth. These areas of interest reflect a drive to develop an understanding of the ways in which social practices create insiders of some and outsiders of others. Ann is queer and trans herself and is also experiencing the wonder and trauma of raising children in homophobic, transphobic and racist contexts. 
 
We would like to thank CitizenU and C.H.A.T. (Challenging Homophobia at Thompson)/ the Gay-Straight Alliance at David Thompson Secondary School for sponsoring this event and making this day a possibility! 

(Photo: Libby Davies speaking at the conference. Taken from LibbyDavies.Ca.)