LGBT 101 & Ally-ship Training

Arts Commons Presents
LGBT 101 and Ally-ship Training 
Presenting Sponsor: RBC
Community Partners: Arts Commons and Calgary Pride
Training delivered by Calgary Queer Arts Society

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LGBT 101 and Ally-ship is a FREE 3-hour workshop introducing the language, context, and history of the LGBTQ2+ community. In addition, we will explore ways to engage in effective ally-ship, both in a personal and professional context, as well as receive tools to help develop new relationships with the gender and sexually diverse community.

About the Workshop:

Facilitated by James Demers, Executive Director of the Calgary Queer Arts Society (CQAS), James has worked as a trans activist in Alberta for over 11-years. Working with a variety of organizations, cooperatives, and government institutions to create a more equitable world for LGBTQ2+ people and their families, James and CQAS have delivered over 500 diversity education workshops for thousands of Albertans.

The impetus of this workshop was born out of the November 12, 2019 performance of FastLove: A Tribute to George Michael. Arts Commons Presents, along with Presenting Sponsor RBC and Community Partner Calgary Pride, had the great opportunity to celebrate queer icon George Michael through this Special Presentation. This training initiative allows these partners to gather patrons, the arts community, as well as City of Calgary partners and local businesses to broaden awareness of the systemic challenges still faced by gender and sexual minority communities.

Arts Commons is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility by actively engaging in authentic activities that support the ongoing learning of staff and volunteers, as well as the creation of safer spaces for all artists, patrons, and the general public who amount to more than 600,000 people who gather, create and travel through the Arts Commons building each year.

This space is accepting of all-types of difference, and all attendees have a right to feel safe at Arts Commons regardless of age, ancestry, colour, family status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental disability, physical disability, place of origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or source of income (Alberta Human Rights Act). To this end, Arts Commons will not tolerate abusive or discriminatory behavior, please know that such behavior is grounds for removal from the event. If you experience or witness abusive or discriminatory behavior please speak with a member of staff.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Arts Commons acknowledges that we are situated on Treaty 7 Territory, and that this land has been stewarded since time immemorial by the people of the Treaty 7 region: the Blackfoot Confederacy, comprised of the Piikani, Kainai, and Siksika First Nations; the Stoney Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations; and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. These lands are also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

This venue is wheelchair accessible. Gender neutral and gender specific accessible washrooms are available in this venue. We regret that an audio description, or audio-enhanced / subtitles are not available for this event.

Should you have any questions, please contact:
Joshua Dalledonne, Producing & Engagement Associate, Arts Commons: