Category Archives: Queer Issues

Social Justice Synonyms #17: “Dyke” and “Fag”

Filed under Queer Issues, Social Justice Synonyms, Trans Issues   ·   February 27th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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The words “fag” and “dyke” are both words that carry a history of violence – emotional, verbal, and physical – against folks perceived as QUILTBAG. They’re words that have been, and continue to be used to remind people when they are enacting gender or sexuality in ways seen as ‘deviant’ according to social norms, which […]

Navigating Beyond the Gender Binary

Filed under Queer Issues, Trans Issues   ·   February 19th, 2015   ·   2 comments
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When I was a young child, I thought my parents wanted me to be a girl so badly that they secretly surgically altered my body so I’d be a girl (i.e. have a vulva). I never brought it up with my parents, I just frustratingly accepted it. I was taught gender and sex were synonymous, […]

Reconciling Whom I Love with Where I Love

Filed under Activism, Campus, Decolonization, Queer Issues, Race and Racism   ·   February 10th, 2015   ·   0 comments
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This piece originally appeared in the recent (and first ever) “Sowing Seeds and Setting Roots: An Outweek 2015 Zine.” Outweek is a series of events hosted annually by the Pride Collective at UBC. For “Sowing Seeds and Setting Roots,” they encouraged submissions that took intersectional approaches to queer identity. We encourage you to check out the zine […]

Pride Collective’s Outweek: Call for Submissions

Filed under Campus, Queer Issues, Trans Issues   ·   February 3rd, 2015   ·   1 comment
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This year, Outweek runs from February 6-14, and The Talon is encouraging submissions from the community that connect to the spirit of Outweek and to Outweek 2015’s theme “sowing seeds and setting roots.” If you have related thoughts, we want to hear from you! We welcome submissions about any of the Outweek events, ideas presented at the events, and/or any other opinions, comments, or thoughts you may have.

“Where there is a word, there’s a history”: Two-Spirited Community Organizer Harlan Pruden Comes to UBC

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Queer Issues, Trans Issues   ·   January 14th, 2015   ·   1 comment
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On Thursday, January 8, 2015, the Pride Collective at UBC hosted a fantastic presentation in Irving K. Barber, located on the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. Harlan Pruden who is First Nations Cree, spoke to themes of sex, gender, sexuality, and the complexities of Two-Spirit identities within Indigenous contexts, both historical and contemporary. […]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Launches at UBC

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January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at UBC, an initiative spearheaded by the University and the AMS. Access & Diversity and the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) are taking the lead in organizing and running events during SAAM, in partnership with many other campus organizations. All throughout January, members of the UBC community […]

Why I Didn’t Report

Filed under Campus, Disability Justice & Mental Health, Feminism, Queer Issues   ·   November 17th, 2014   ·   6 comments
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Our society has created the perfect platform for violation of female or feminized bodies, as it is founded upon violence, colonialism and the sexual power and privilege of cisgender heterosexual men.

Lighting Up The Unseen: A Personal Account of Asexual Invisibility

Filed under Queer Issues   ·   November 12th, 2014   ·   0 comments
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What is asexuality? It’s an understandable question to have. Asexuality, or the lack of sexual attraction to others regardless of gender, is a little known orientation. Society has effectively erased it, rendering it invisible and unspoken. The erasure of asexuality as a visible and acknowledged identity is a problem. The fact that we don’t talk […]

Social Justice Synonyms #7: “That’s So Gay” & “No Homo”

Filed under Queer Issues, Social Justice Synonyms   ·   November 7th, 2014   ·   0 comments
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Welcome to another segment of Social Justice Synonyms, a column at The Talon that works to foster the unlearning of oppressive words in our everyday language by explaining why they are harmful and providing inclusive alternatives. For more insight, check out our past segments: intro/crazy, man up, classy & poor, retarded, reverse racism, and slut. […]

Meet the Editors: Matthew Ward

Filed under Campus, Decolonization, Queer Issues   ·   October 19th, 2014   ·   3 comments
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My name is Matthew Ward and I am a 5th year queer Cree student from Driftpile First Nation. I am in the First Nations Studies Program and Political Science here at UBC. I left my home in Northern Alberta on the shores of Slave Lake to study theatre and music in Edmonton at the age […]