Below is a list of some of the workshops that Vincent offers. If you have any questions about these workshops (i.e., customizing the subject matter, clarifications on the scope of the workshops, cost estimates, etc.), please contact them.
Art and Activism: A User’s Guide
This introductory workshop discusses the ways in which art can be used as a vector to achieve positive social change. It will encompass the various different understandings of the concepts of activism, art, and social change. Among the topics explored are the use of art as a means to raise consciousness, the different reactions elicited by different types of artistic expression, as well as the ways in which various direct actions can be perceived as artistic. Open to all.
Introduction to Anti-Oppression
This workshop encourages participants to actively challenge the way that they see the world. It will help explain the concepts of privilege, oppression, and marginalization, and encourage particpants to determine their social location in relation to them. What’s more, this workshop will guide participants through the ways in which these concepts have an effect on their everyday lives. Open to all.
N.B.: The topics discussed in this workshop might be difficult for some people to deal with. As the topics that are discussed in anti-oppression workshops are often quite dependent on the individuals present, it is hard to say what specifics might come up in order to provide an effective content warning. While feeling uncomfortable is an essential part of unlearning oppressive behaviours, it is important to know that you are not at all bound to this space if you feel that the subject matter is too much for you to deal with. If you have any concerns, please feel free to speak to me prior to your training.
I’m Not Gay, I’m Angry
An Overview of Contemporary LGBTQIA+ Activism
The histories of queer and trans identities are based in struggle. Riots and violent resistance are commonplace in our communities, from Compton’s Cafeteria to Stonewall, and from Montréal’s Sex Garage to Toronto’s bathhouse raids. This workshop will guide participants through the basics of contemporary North American LGBTQIA+ activist movements, as well as the legacy of this struggle that exists in these communities to this day. In an effort to underline the multiple discriminations of LGBTQIA+ people of colour, particular focus will be placed on the (often erased) racialized aspects of these struggles. Open to all. Priority for queer and trans people, especially QTBIPOC.
“It’s Just a Preference”
Addressing Systemic Discrimination in Queer Circles
“No fats, no fems, no Blacks, no Asians”. The phrase is about as ubiquitous as the dating apps that they are often found on. But when do these “preferences” become symptomatic of a larger societal problem? This workshop will discuss the societal contexts in which these types of statements are deemed permissible, and it will analyse and explore the perspectives of those being marginalized. Finally, it will discuss the ways in which people can effectively express their desires in a way that is healthy and respectful. Closed workshop, open only to queer and trans people, priority given to QTBIPOC.
An Intersectional Discussion on the Black Lives Matter Movement
Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and the list goes on. All of these young men were taken from us too soon by police violence fueled by systemic racism. Their deaths spurred the type of mass mobilization that we haven’t seen in decades. What’s more, seeing people rally behind the cause has been nothing short of inspiring.
But why is it often only the deaths of Black men that elicit this type of reaction? In the United States, for example, Black women are killed at the same rate as Black men, yet their names are almost never discussed to the same extent. Similarly, the highest murder rate in trans and gender nonconforming communities is that of Black trans women, yet their deaths are barely mentioned. Black sex workers face demonstrably levels of violence than their white counterparts, and are often more subject to race-based humiliation and discrimination.
This workshop aims to create a space in which we as Black people can discuss the issues surrounding intersectionality in the Black Lives Matter movement. It is a space meant for us to discuss, to learn from one another, to grieve, and to grow. Most importantly, though, it is a space for us to come together and to demand justice for all and, as Angela Davis once said, to attempt to lift as we climb. Closed workshop, open only to those who identify as Black.
Personal note: While I am comfortable discussing my experiences with my non-binary gender identity, I refuse to do any workshop on the specificity of the trans experience. If you require any assistance finding trans speakers to meet your needs, please feel free to contact me.