Queer is in the Eye of the Newcomer
On May 3rd 2009, four queer youth with refugee/immigrant experience led a walking tour through Toronto’s Gay Village to over 100 participants!
The walk, Queer is in the Eye of the Newcomer, was a collaboration between SOY/Supporting Our Youth’s EXPRESS program for young queer and trans newcomers, and Jane’s Walk, an annual extravaganza of free walking tours. The tours are a tribute to urban activist Jane Jacobs and bring people together to discuss the culture, history and politics of neighborhoods. For this tour, youth guides shared stories and advice about leaving their home countries and finding support in a new city.
To share the experience with an even larger audience, the Montreal based, Mapping Memories: Stories of Refugee Youth Project, filmed the testimonies and created an on-line multi-media version of the walk. The four participating youth, the Express coordinator, the Jane’s walk coordinator, and the Mapping Memories team will be present to discuss the project and to premiere the on-line walk.
Come hear from the SOY tour guides and discuss ways to start a project like this in Montreal!