Rad Sex Week Schedule

Check out the schedule for Rad Sex Week 2014, taking place February 19 to 27.

[la version française ci-dessous]

Fore more information, see the workshop descriptions.

Wednesday, February 19th:
– Drag On A Dime
7 pm, RVC Aerobics Room, 3425 rue University (basement)

rad sex week poster

Thursday, February 20th:
– STELLA: “eXXXchange”
2 pm, SSMU Building, 3480 McTavish, Madeleine Parent room (2nd floor)

Friday, February 21st:
– Fucking Politics
12 pm, SSMU Building, 3480 McTavish, room B-30 (basement)

Saturday, February 22nd:
– Introduction to Bondate: Knots & Wax Play Workshops
3 – 5:30 pm, Alternative Lifestyles Community Centre, 372 St Catherine St W., suite #127

Monday, February 24th:
– Kink & Communication
7 pm, Centre for Gender Advocacy, 1500 de Maisonneuve W., suite #404

Tuesday, February 25th:
– Intersex – réalité de mutilations, traumatismes et de questions sur l’intégrité du corps (et de la personne)/Intersex Realities: Mutilations, Trauma and Questions about Body Integrity
7 pm, Centre for Gender Advocacy, 1500 de Maisonneuve W., suite #404

Wednesday, February 26th:
– Sex Ed Done Better (aka what your high school teacher was too embarrassed to tell you or didn’t know the answers to about sex)
3 pm, SSMU Building, 3480 McTavish, Lev Bukhman room (2nd floor)

Thursday, February 27th:
– A Conversation about Dysphoria, Transness, and Sexuality
(Closed workshop: Trans* and non-cis people only.)
3 pm, SSMU Buliding, 3480 McTavish, Lev Bukhman room (2nd floor)

– The Slippery Slope Cabaret!
8 pm – 3 am, Cafe Cleopatra, 2nd floor, 1230 boul. St Laurent
5 – 10$ pay-what-you-can — no one turned away for lack of funds!

Rad Sex Week is a co-presentation by Queer McGill and the Union for Gender Empowerment!

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Le Union for Gender Empowerment et Queer McGill
Présentent:
Semaine RAD SEX: 19 au 27 février, 2014
Prépare-toi pour une semaine d’aventure anti-oppressive, féministe de penchant trans* et queer-positif explorant le genre, la sexualité, la santé sexuelle et l’activisme!
Des activités incroyables seront présentées du mercredi 19 février au jeudi 27 février, incluant une soirée de fermeture avec des performances sexy par le Slippery Slope Cabaret!
Note: tous les événements seront en anglais, sauf si indication du contraire. La traduction chuchotée vers le français sera disponible.
Tous les évènements prendront place dans des locaux accessibles en fauteuil roulant, sauf si indication du contraire.

HORAIRE:

Mercredi, le 19 février
— Drag sans le sous
19 h, RVC Aerobics Room, 3425 rue University

Jeudi, le 20 février
— STELLA: eXXXchange
14 h, sale Madeleine Parent, édifice SSMU, 3480 McTavish (2e étage)

Vendredi, le 21 février
— Nique la politique
12 h, salle B-30, édifice SSMU, 3480 McTavish (sous-sol)

Samedi, le 22 février
— Introduction au Bondage/Ligotage: Ateliers de Noeuds & Jeux de cire
15 h, Alternative Lifestyles Community Centre, 372 Sainte Catherine Ouest, suite #127

Lundi, le 24 février
— Dépistage VIH disponible toute la journée

— Kink et communication
19 h, 1500 de Maisonneuve O, suite 404

Mardi, le 25 février
— Intersex – réalité de mutilations, traumatismes et de questions sur l’intégrité du corps (et de la personne)
19 h, 1500 de Maisonneuve O, suite 404
(cet événement sera presenté en fraçais avec la traduction chuchoté ver l’anglais)

Mercredi, le 26 février
— L’éducation sexuelle repensée (c-à-d toutes les choses que ton prof du secondaire était trop géné pour dire ou auquel ne connaissait pas la réponse concernant la sexualité)
15 h, salle Lev Bukhman, édifice SSMU, 3480 McTavish (2e étage)

Jeudi, le 27 février
— Une conversation sur la dysphorie, les identités Trans* et la sexualité
15 h, le UGE, suite 413, édifice SSMU, 3480 McTavish
(atelier fermé, pour les personnes trans* and non-cis seulement)

— Nuit performance et party dansant final présenté par le Slippery Slope  Cabaret!
20 h à 3 h, Café Cléopatre, 1230 boul St Laurent, 2e étage
Malheureusement, le Café Cleo n’est pas accessible en fauteuil roulant.
Coût d’entré suggéré: $5-10 mais personne ne sera refusé faute de sous!

Call for artists//Appel à propositions: Slippery Slope Cabaret!

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The Slippery Slope Cabaret is a new collective of sex positive performance artists, clowns, and burlesque dancers.

For our debut extravaganza, we are collaborating with the Union for Gender Empowerment to produce the finale for Radical Sex Week!

Where and When: February 27th, Cafe Cleopatra’s Deuxième Étage, an amazing historic cabaret space.

We are seeking performers for fun, sexy, and provocative animal themed works, or works that explore the subject of the slippery slope.

The Slippery Slope is a conservative warning that with Queer Rights comes a barrage of startling societal upheavals. Playing off common tropes like “If gays can marry what’s next, people marrying goats?” and “You might identify as a woman, well I identify as a cat! How about that?”

Well, we can’t wait to get to the bottom of this slope where we expect to find a party full of people who are redefining what it means to be human, and exploring sexuality, identity, and alternative intimacies!

We are looking for Clowns, Drag, Burlesque, Stripping, Comedy, Dance, Puppetry, Music, Short Films, and Multimedia performance. Performances should be under 10 minutes. There is the possibility of the collective providing some support during the development or polishing of your piece.

We are not looking for RACISM/SEXISM/HOMOPHOBIA/TRANSPHOBIA: We value pieces that challenge these issues, instead of reinforcing them.

HOW MUCH MONEY! : Honorarium 50 bones.
DEADLINE: Sunday February 16th 11:59pm

SUBMIT HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17cmO9DT5Kr1fpqy-9UE5xV7gyrPXcQxrLXoOpeDDkkk/viewform

Feel free to contact us with any questions, at slipperyslopecollective@gmail.com

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Le Slippery Slope Cabaret est un nouveau collectif de performateurs pro-sexe, des clowns et des danseurs de burlesque.

Pour nôtre début spectacle, nous collaborons avec Union for Gender Empowerment pour produire la finale de Radical Sex Week !

Temps et location : 27 février au deuxième étage du Café Cleopatra, une étonnante espace de cabaret historique.

Nous cherchons des performateurs pour faire des projets amusants, sexys et provocateurs, à la thème des animaux, ou bien des travaux explorant le sujet de la pente savonneuse.

Le Slippery Slope est un avertissement conservateur déclarant qu’avec les droits queer vient un barrage de bouleversements sociétaux surprenants, jouant avec les rhétoriques communes « Si les gays peuvent se marier, qu’est ce qui suit, les gens mariant des chèvres ? » et « Tu t’identifies comme femme, eh bien j’identifie comme chat ! Qu’en penses-tu ? »

Nous ne pouvons pas attendre de nous render au bas de cette pente, où nous prédisons trouver une fête plein de gens qui redéfinissent ce que c’est d’être humain, et explorent la sexualité, l’identité, et les intimités alternatives !

Nous cherchons des performances de clowns, drag, burlesque, comédie, dance, marionnettes, musique, court métrage, et multimédia. Les performances devraient être en moins de 10 minutes. Il y a le potentiel pour le collectif de fournir de l’aide durant le développement ou le polissage de vôtre pièce.

Nous ne cherchons pas LE RACISME, LE SEXISME, L’HOMOPHOBIE, NI LA TRANSPHOBIE. Nous apprécions les pièces qui contestent ces sujets, non ceux qui les renforcent.

COMBIEN DE FRIC : Un honorariat de 50 pièces.
DATE LIMITE : Dimanche le 16 février, à 23h59.

Soumettez ici: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17cmO9DT5Kr1fpqy-9UE5xV7gyrPXcQxrLXoOpeDDkkk/viewform

N’hésitez pas de nous contacter avec vos questions au slipperyslopecollective@gmail.com

The Self-Love Cabaret: l’amour se conjugue à la première personne!

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It’s on for a 2nd year! Curated by Kama La Mackerel, with the support of the Union for Gender Empowerment (UGE) and the Québec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG-McGill), your anti-valentine artistic manifesto and performance night is happening again: “The Self-Love Cabaret: l’amour se conjugue à la première personne!”

As yet another February 14th approaches, as images of coupledom dominate our day-to-day living and our imaginary, as we rush online to try to find ourselves a new date with whom to shrug off the mid-February cold, as we get bombarded with images of couples-couples-couples and we feel the pressure for chocolates, candle-light dinners, and red-red-red roses and red-red-red wine to celebrate the Other, “The Self-Love Cabaret: l’amour se conjugue à la première personne,” is your night to celebrate yourselves with/as queer and feminist artists!

We are seeking performers and art pieces in any discipline, including but not limited to, stand-up comedy, dance, choreography, theatre, music, short films or other forms of multimedia and interdisciplinary art and artists that celebrate self-love. We seek narratives, artwork and themes in any language that could include, but are not limited to:

– Self-love
– Self-discovery
– Self-esteem
– Body positivity
– Mirror-images
– Masturbation and intimacy
– Coming of age
– Selfies
– Me, myself and I
– We don’t need no-normativity
– Dancing with myself-elf

We encourage upcoming artists, particularly those from traditionally marginalized communities of the Montreal art and performance scene to submit proposals. We are committed to creating visibility for lesser known artists, particularly artists of color and indigenous artists, who self-identify as queer, trans*. We also encourage pieces that aim to challenge heteronormative and homonormative ideals that celebrate coupledom and bestow privileges on couples that fit within a normative (and often nationalist) framework, just as much as art pieces that challenge the consumerist and capitalist aspects of Valentine’s day where purchasing power is tied to the possession of another human being.

If you have an idea and are not sure how to realize it, we’ll be happy to help you out through skills-sharing; please write to lamackerel@gmail.com

Send your proposals by January 26th, 2014 at midnight to lamackerel@gmail.com with the subject line SELF-LOVE CABARET. Please also include:

– Your artist/stage name
– Your preferred pronoun
– A short bio
– A small proposal regarding what you want to showcase
– Proposed duration of your piece (if applicable)
– Your tech needs
– Props needed, if any.

We will try our best to accommodate everybody and everybody’s needs, though some of our resources may be limited.

Artists will be provided with a (modest) honorarium.

The performance night take place at Café l’Artère, 7000 Ave du Parc (Metro Parc/Ligne 80) on Feb 14th, 8 p.m. This will be a PWYC event where no-one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information, write to lamackerel@gmail.com

Kama La Mackerel: https://www.facebook.com/KamaLaMackerel
The Union for Gender Empowerment: https://unionforgenderempowerment.wordpress.com/
QPIRG-McGill: http://qpirgmcgill.org/

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C’est parti pour une deuxième année ! Ayant comme commissaire Kama La Mackerel, et avec le soutien du Union for Gender Empowerment (UGE) et le Groupe de Recherche d’Intérêt Public du Québec (GRIP-McGill), votre soirée de performance et ce manifeste artistique anti St-Valentin revient : “The Self-Love Cabaret : l’amour se conjugue à la première personne !”

Alors qu’approche encore un autre 14 février, que les images du couple domine notre quotidien et notre imaginaire, qu’on se précipite d’aller chercher une nouvelle “date” en ligne question de nous réchauffer dans le froid de mi-février, alors qu’on est assailli par des images de couples, de couples, et de couples et qu’on ressent la pression des chocolats, des soupers à la bougie, et roses rouges-rouges-rouges et du vin rouge-rouge-rouge pour célébrer l’autre, toujours l’autre, “The Self-Love Cabaret : l’amour se conjugue à la première personne,” est la soirée Montréalaise pour se célébrer soi-même avec des artistEs queer et féministes !

Nous recherchons des performances dans toute discipline, incluant mais ne se limitant pas qu’à le stand-up, la danse, la chorégraphie, le théâtre, la musique, les films ou autres formes de multimedia et d’art qui célèbrent l’amour de soi. Nous cherchons des narrations, des travaux d’art et des thèmes dans n’importe quelle langue et qui pourrait inclure, mais ne se limitent pas à :

– L’amour de soi
– L’estime de soi
– La découverte de soi
– Le body positivity
– L’image dans le miroir
– La masturbation et l’intimité
– La réalisation de soi
– Les selfies
– Non à la normativité
– et d’autres thèmes anti St-Valentin

Nous encourageons les artistEs de la relève de soumettre des propositions, surtout ceux et celles qui viennent des communautés dont les voix sont marginalisées sur la scène artistique de Montréal. Nous sommes engagé.e.s à créer de la visibilité pour des artistEs de la relève, surtout pour les personnes racisées, autochtones et immigrées, qui s’identifient comme queer et trans*. Nous soutenons aussi des performances qui ont pour but de challenger les idéaux (souvent nationalistes) hétéronormatifs et homonormatifs du couple, ainsi que des performances qui questionnent les aspects capitalistes de la St Valentin où le pouvoir d’achat et de consommation est lié à la possession de l’autre.

Si vous avez une idée mais n’êtes pas sûr.e.s de la réalisation de l’idée, nous serons heureu.ses de vous aider ; écrivez à lamackerel@gmail.com

Envoyez vos dossiers au plus tard le 26 janvier, 2014 à minuit à lamackerel@gmail.com avec pour objet du courriel SELF-LOVE CABARET. Veuillez aussi inclure:

– Votre nom d’artistE
– Le pronom dont vous vous servez
– Une petite bio
– Une description de votre performance
– La durée de votre performance
– Vos besoins techniques
– Autres besoins et formes de soutien.

Nous ferons de notre mieux pour accommoder vos besoins dans la limitation de nos ressources.

Nous offrirons aux artistEs un (modeste) cachet monétaire

La soirée de performance aura lieu au Café l’Artère, 7000 Ave du Parc (Métro Parc/Ligne 80) le 14 février à 8 p.m. Un évènement à contribution volontaire, personne ne sera refusée d’entrée, avec ou sans contribution.

Pour plus d’information, écrivez à lamackerel@gmaill.com

Kama La Mackerel: https://www.facebook.com/KamaLaMackerel
The Union for Gender Empowerment: https://unionforgenderempowerment.wordpress.com/
QPIRG-McGill: http://qpirgmcgill.org/

evforcam2(1)-page-001TW: The UGE and SACOMSS present Empowering Voices: A Forum on Sexual Assault for Survivors and Their Allies

The Union for Gender Empowerment (UGE) and the Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS) will be hosting “Empowering Voices: A Forum on Sexual Assault for Survivors and Their Allies” on Thursday November 28th at 3:30 p.m in the SSMU 4th floors Clubs Lounge of McGill University at 3480 rue McTavish. This event is open to the wider Montreal community.

This event hopes to provide a safer space for speaking openly about sexual assault where the voices of survivors, and their allies, can be heard. It will be facilitated with several speakers and an open mic portion. Speeches do not need to be prepared beforehand but if you know in advance that you would like to speak please send an email to empoweringvoicesforum@gmail.com.

*Trigger Warning*: This event will contain the discussion of sexual assault, violence, and rape culture. We want to emphasize that the content of speeches is up to the discretion of the speaker and may include specific disclosures or accounts that could be very triggering and difficult for audience members to hear. If you are feeling like you need to excuse yourself, please feel welcome to, but try to be polite to the speaker in doing so. This is very difficult subject matter and we all need to take care of ourselves.
*There will be trained active listener’s present in the audience to provide support.*

Guidelines: We ask that speakers keep their pieces relatively short so that a multitude of voices can be heard.
We encourage the sharing of personal stories but ask that speakers try to avoid making sweeping generalizations from personal experience.
We hope that we can work together to create a compassionate and respectful space in which experiences can be shared and therefore want to remind people to try to use survivor oriented language when possible and to refrain from victim blaming.

We are hoping to have refreshments provided by Midnight Kitchen!
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like more information about this event please send us an email at empoweringvoicesforum@gmail.com
This space is wheelchair accessible.

Our Librarian Dance Party Fundraiser returns tomorrow night at 9:30 pm at Il Motore, 179 Jean Talon West

Fundraiser this Saturday, October 5th for the Immigrant Worker’s Centre and the Solidarity Across Borders Work Fund:

The return of the UGE’s Librarian Dance Party

RAD FROSH REUNION EDITION:
We all had a blast at Rad Frosh, so now it’s time to get back together & party at Il Motore one more time! Come see how the UGE babes get down. Dance with old friends & new, with your fabulous facilitators & your fellow froshies, and with friends from all over the city!
All are welcome, whether you were at Rad Frosh or not!

featuring…
dj tamika (cousins) [hip hop/rnb/rap/dancehall]
dj très drès
dj diggy smalls [hip hop/rnb]

AND a performance by Kama La Mackerel at *midnight*!

DOORS: 9:30 pm

Entrance: $5-8 pay what you can (no one turned away for lack of funds). All proceeds go towards the Solidarity Across Borders Work Fund and the Immigrant Workers Centre (http://www.solidarityacrossborders.org/en + http://iwc-cti.ca/)

Getting there: Il Motore is located between the Du Parc et De Castelneau metro stations on the Blue Line. Bus 93. The 80 Parc bus will also leave you close!

The space is wheelchair accessible

Our contact info (for accessibility inquiries, how to get involved, or anything else):
unionforgenderempowerment@gmail.com

Into the Bedroom: HIV Criminalization, Disclosure, Consent- a Discussion/Dans la chambre à coucher: Conversation sur la Criminalisation du VIH, la Divulgation et le Consentement

Co-hosted by: The Midnight Kitchen and the Union For Gender Empowerment

Presented by: The Prisoner Correspondence Project

When: Wednesday, June 26th

Location: The Lev Bukhman Room (2nd floor of the SSMU building 3480 rue McTavish)

This workshop will provide a space to think about how STI stigma affects us and our communities. We will talk about how HIV criminalization laws and media might influence the kinds of sex we have and the kind of conversations we have or don’t have about desire, disclosure, and consent. Talking about the criminalization of non-disclosure will help us to negotiate strategies for reducing stigma and increasing consent in various queer sexual cultures as well as in clinical/healthcare settings.

The building is wheel chair accessible.

There will also be whisper translation available into French.

Snacks provided by MK

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Dans la chambre à coucher : Conversation sur la Criminalisation du VIH, la Divulgation et le Consentement

Présenter par Le Projet de correspondance pour prisonnières et prisonniers

Et co-présenter par The Midnight Kitchen et The Union For Gender Empowerment

Quand: Mercredi le 26 Juin

Lieu: La salle Lev Bukhman (2e étage de l’immeuble du SSMU, 3480 rue McTavish)

Cet atelier fournira un espace de réflexion sur comment la stigmatisation du IST à un impact sur nous et nos communautés. Nous discuterons sur comment les lois criminalisant le VIH et les médias peuvent influencer nos comportements sexuels et les conversations qui peuvent ou pas avoir lieu sur le désire, la divulgation et le consentement. En parlant de la criminalisation du non-divulgation nous aidera à négocier des stratégies pour réduire le stigmatisme et encourager le consentement dans les diverses cultures sexuelles queers ainsi que dans les milieux médical (clinique) ou de santé.

L’immeuble est accessible aux personnes en fauteuil roulant.

Il y aura aussi de la traduction chuchotée en français.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/536027666456421/

The UGE at Community Engagement Day, Friday, Oct 5

We’ll be facilitating a trans-ally workhsop at McGill’s Community Engagement Day on October 5. Here are the details for CED, including registering:

Register now for McGill’s first-ever Community Engagement Day (Oct 5th)

Community Engagement Day is a new project from the SEDE Office, SSMU, the SPF and many other partners that aims to celebrate and promote existing initiatives that connect McGill with the Montreal community, while building new relationships.

Watch the video

On Friday October 5th, about 20 group activities will take place on campus and around the city to give McGill students, staff, faculty and alumni the opportunity to contribute their time and learn about the social issues that community organizations address. Activities include public discussions on Lower Field, a critical walking tour of the Village and a trans ally workshop given by the UGE, volunteering at a community hospital fundraiser in Kahnawake, and much more.

Register for an activity now!

For more information, please see our website (www.CEDMcGill.com), where you can read about and register for activities, watch fun and informative videos, and find links to other community engagement-related resources.
Have questions? Contact the coordinators at ced.sede@mcgill.ca, follow us on Twitter @CEDMcGill or find us at facebook.com/McGillCED.

Workshop on Reproductive Justice!

Interested in talking about how anti-oppression and social justice relate to sex, sexuality and reproductive choice? Curious about “reproductive justice” and what it could mean for the Union for Gender Empowerment, other groups on campus, and your communities? On Tuesday March 29th, pop educator and activist, Ainsley Jenicek, will give some background on “reproductive justice” and facilitate an informal discussion on what this work might look like on and off mcgill campus. In this workshop, participants will be able to exchange information about what’s happening in canada both to threaten reproductive rights and to fight for reproductive justice.

Location: Student Society of McGill University building, 3480 McTavish Street (Metro Peel), room Lev Bukman, on the 2nd floor. Wheelchair accessible.

Time: Tuesday, March 29th, 6-8pm

+ Snacks will be provided!

Not to be missed! Sunny Drake in Other-Wise

UGE-darlings!
Tomorrow night there is a show not to be missed!

For…ONE NIGHT ONLY!

OTHER-WISE is a gutsy, gender-euphoric one-person show weaving theatre, magical animation, movement, comedy, puppets & multimedia.

Come along as Sunny Drake explores coming out as a fanciful boy, family, boy tits, learning to fly…and the transphobic, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy!

This matured full-length 60 minute show is based on a shorter version originally conceived and performed to sold-out audiences while Sunny was living in San Francisco in 2008. After critical acclaim in Australia, he is delighted to be touring his show in the US and Canada (National Queer Arts Festival & San Francisco International Arts Festival, NYC, Philly, Tenn, Toronto & Montreal).

More info and previews at http://www.sunnydrake.com

BUZZ
“charming . . . heart-warming . . . uncompromising and candid, yet kind and sincere.” – The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia)

With a special performance by Montreal’s own JOSEPH GABEREAU!

Wednesday June 30th
Doors @ 8pm, Show at 9pm SHARP!!!
Interstice, 242 Young Street (Corner Ottawa in Griffintown)
Tix: $5 – $15 sliding scale or PWYC

Sadly, this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

Funding Credit
The creative development of the new version of Other-wise was funded by Creative Sparks. Creative Sparks is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland

Check out a super-interesting interview with Sunny Drake on CKUT’s Queer Corps on June 28! https://secure.ckut.ca//cgi-bin/ckut-grid.pl?action=showaudio&show=monday%2C18%3A00 to check it out!

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