Let's be honest, we live in a world where certain voices and bodies are more valued than others. Most of us unconsciously sort and judge people by their skin colour, culture, language skills, body size or gender identity. These create conditions where people who don't fit into the privileged standard are treated unfairly.
So as part of the Queer Heart Festival, we are aspiring to create an inclusive atmosphere where everyone is welcome, because we are all richer for a diversity of lived experiences. We strive to include diversity on our teaching faculty, and all of our facilitators are aware of how important it is to give voice to those who are typically under-represented and marginalized.
If you are a person of colour, black, indigenous, native of the Global South, and/or non-binary/trans-identifying and you feel you have something you'd like to facilitate as part of the Queer Heart Festival, don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
Masculinity and femininity are energies in the universe that some people choose to identify with. Even those who identify as “man” or “woman” are a complex interweaving of both of these energies. This weekend is both for people who identify as “men”, and others who are exploring their “masculinity”. As such, cis and trans men* are both welcome, as well as folks who identify as non-binary or gender fluid. The beauty of our time together is being in a “masculine” container (and we each get to define what masculine means to us) and learning to relate through that lens. There will be no policing to make sure you are “man” enough.
We wish to make the festival as accessible as possible. We have installed a program that creates subtitles for all the workshops that one can turn on individually. This is for deaf and hearing impaired folks and for people for whom it is easier to follow text rather than to listen. We are learning as we go. Please let us know how we can make the festival more accessible for you. Verbalise your wishes and needs - this is out community and it is up to all of us to create the space we dream of.