Dialogue groups provide an opportunity for participants to engage with members of the local community on specific issues of interest. Community members with specific expertise in the evening’s topic are invited to co-facilitate the discussion.
This month our discussion will be led by Ruth Cameron, Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area. Ruth will be facilitating a discussion on "Indigeneity, Ability, Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality: Doing Intersectionality to Create More Inclusive Rainbow Community".
LGBTQ2S people have histories of creating intentional community, intertwined with longstanding patterns of exclusion and erasure. Understanding and acknowledging intersectionality can be a useful tool as we go forward, attempting to create a rainbow community where we each feel welcomed to bring our whole selves!
Ruth Cameron is a graduate of McMaster University with a Master’s degree in Sociology with a focus in Race, Class and Gender Studies. She is the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA) and formerly worked at the Ontario AIDS Network as the Community-Based Research Facilitator. Ruth has worked with East Mississauga Community Heath Centre, The Well, and Rainbow Health Ontario on LGBTQ health promotion and service delivery. In addition to work in clinical, research and community-based settings, Ruth has past community development experience with the Strengthening Hamilton Community's Initiative (SHCI), the rape-crisis movement in Hamilton and Peel Region, settlement and housing. In 2014, Ruth and her partner established the Audre Lorde Scholarship for Black LGBTQ Youth in Hamilton, Ontario. She describes her approach to activism, paid and volunteer work as “doing intersectionality”.
We hope that you can join us for this very important conversation.