This inaugural event, the first of its kind in North America, brings together academics, artists, activists, and frontline community members as they examine and discuss the experiences of queer Filipinos/as in Canada. Through a series of connected and provocative events, this gathering aims to initiate rich dialogue between multiple stakeholders around the contributions and needs of queer Filipinos/as as a diasporic community with links within and beyond Canada.


Participants will engage the following key questions:


  • How might queer Filipinos/as challenge the methodological frameworks that have been used to examine LGBTQ and Canadian lives?

  • How have processes of globalization affected the experiences of LGBTQ Filipinos/as in Canada?

  • How might queer Filipinos/as in Canada contribute to our understanding of indigeniety and collectivity?

  • How do regional policies on labor, migration, and multiculturalism, influence queer Filipino/a Canadian lives?

  • How might Filipino/a lesbian and transgender communities reimagine social formations that have come to be attributed to Canadian queer oral histories?

  • How might economic mobility and geographic location influence queer Filipino/a integration into Canadian culture and life?

  • What forms of resistance and resilience do queer Filipinos/as practice as they inhabit multiple spaces within Canada?

  • How might issues of aging and intergenerational difference impact the lives of queer Filipinos/as in Canada?

  • How can quotidian encounters with other forms of queerness (through everyday interaction, television shows, and new media for example) influence notions of LGBTQ Filipino/a lives?

  • How might queer Filipinos/as engage with issues of disability and/or illness?

  • How might queer Filipinos/as reimagine forms of visibility, as they challenge the invisibility of LGBTQ and racialized subjects in various forms of art and art pedagogy


Aside from building networks between mainstream LGBTQ Communities in Canada and Filipino/a LGBTQ communities often in the periphery, participants will also contribute to the fields of Asian Canadian, Filipino/a, and Queer Studies. They will also encourage innovative conversations and debates that seek to destabilize the hierarchies of knowledge production around queer Filipino/a lives, making sure to draw from diverse academic and non-academic resources.

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