Even in our LGBTQ+ communities, where celebrating our differences and feeling free to be ourselves should be a defining part of our lives, many of us still feel the pressure to conform to traditional beauty standards that are narrowly defined by particular notions of masculinity and femininity. The over representation and ongoing privileging of young, thin, able bodied, white, hyper-masculine, and cisgender people throughout our society informs how individuals throughout the LGBTQ+ community perceive ourselves. Consequently, these norms are deeply internalized and have a negative impact on self-worth and esteem on LGBTQ+ people. Many of us feel like we are not desirable, lovable and/or valuable unless we adhere to these unrealistic social standards of beauty. But we know members of our community are much more diverse than what is prescribed by these social beauty norms. We not only deserve to be validated for our differences that do not (and will not) fit the mold, but also, to have our differences represented and respected. We want more femmes, more people of colour, more women, more disabled folks, and more older people–we demand more of us!! The More Me workshop celebrates our diversity and pride in ourselves and our bodies. It seeks to address the underlying problems of racism, fatphobia, agism, ableism, and femmephobia that produce these standards of beauty and desirability.
Curriculum pieces: social science classes
For grades 9-12; Lenght 45-75 minutes; Best delivered with 15-30 persons.
Languages offered: French and English