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Thursday, April 5 • 9:10am - 10:35am
TH9.10.09 Queer (Sub)Urban Activisms--Mini Track Sponsored by MCRI Global Suburbanism/Urban Studies at York University

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Research into queer activist geographies has focused on political challenges to the heteronormative social order as exemplified by public demonstrations and public space appropriations in large cities. One of the challenges with the emerging urban scholarship on queer activisms is its metronormative focus on the central areas of world gay cities and on highly visible, spectacular, and media-covered activisms. This geographic focus is due, in part, to the often greater concentration of LGBTQ2S organizations, queer-friendly spaces, and LGBTQ2S-identified residents in central city areas, an association between urbanism and sexual liberation, and the symbolism of downtown public spaces as reference points for the public sphere itself. But LGBTQ2S activisms occur within and beyond the city’s edge, in many kinds of contexts and spaces in the global North and South and often in response to demographic shifts and population displacements. LGBTQ2S activisms also involve different approaches and strategies while prioritizing issues of social inclusion, health, safety, and political visibility in response to shifting and complex socio-spatial dynamics and lived realities within city-regions. Much of this activism is informal and ephemeral in its responsiveness to local social and health service needs, is reliant upon community-based voluntary labour and social networks that circulate through the private and public spheres, is supported by practices of queer allyship, and is not underwritten by substantial public or private sector infrastructure, staffing, or programming investments. This session seeks to multiply the scholarly portraits and theoretical understandings of LGBTQ2S activisms by interrogating the non-metrocentric and perhaps less visible, grassroots, and micro spatial scales and organizational strategies of queer political (sub)urban interventions.


Moderator: Julie Podmore, John Abbott College


Displaced Queers: Suburban LGBTQ2S Activisms in the Vancouver City Region 
Julie Podmore, John Abbott College; Alison Bain, York University


Sub/Urban Queer Activism: Re/Placing Diva Citizenship 
Patricia Wood, York University


Youth for A Change: Young, Queer, and Here as Advocates, Educators, and Activists 
Jennifer Marchbank, Simon Fraser University


Endowed with a Visual Archive: Encountering an LGBTTTI Sector in Southern Mexico Through Images of Pride Marches 
William Payne, York University





Thursday April 5, 2018 9:10am - 10:35am EDT
Kenora (2nd Floor)