Three members of San Francisco’s Horizontal Alliance of Very Organized Queers (HAVOQ) are inviting members of The University of Western Ontario to join the conversation on the intersections queer and immigrant experiences at a McIntosh Gallery event tonight (Sept. 27) hosted at the London Public Library.
Undoing Borders: A Queer Manifesto is a collective writing project of San Francisco Pride’s Migrant Justice Work Group and HAVOQ. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Tonda Room, London Public Library (251 Dundas St.).
For the past two years HAVOQ has worked on the Manifesto in an attempt to answer the question: What does being queer have to do with borders? Based on feedback from community gatherings, panel discussions and brainstorming sessions, HAVOQ has amassed information on the ways in which queerness and a “no-borders” politic intersect. Moving beyond their base in San Francisco, HAVOQ is currently traveling across North America to gather more community input.
Join three HAVOQ Collective members in a discussion about their work at the intersections of queer and immigrant experience. A screening of Safe Place: A Videotape for Refugee Rights in Canada (1989) by Richard Fung and Peter Steven will complement HAVOQ’s presentation. This documentary features testimony from four refugees who describe why they fled to Canada and how they were treated once they arrived.
Presented by McIntosh Gallery, Undoing Borders has been organized by Jamie Q and Anthea Black. Thanks to Ron Benner, Jamelie Hassan, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for supporting this event.
For more information, go to the Undoing Borders tour blog or visit the McIntosh Gallery website.