Archive for November, 2010


The Gay International

November 15, 2010

Queer Activism Across Borders

Thursday, November 18 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Beit Zatoun (612 Markham St. Toronto, ON)

Queer activists around the world have been organizing in opposition to homophobia, gender- and  sexuality-based violence both locally and across borders. We often hear about the work of large-scale NGOs, yet we don’t often hear about the queer community organizing that happens outside of the NGO system.

This panel features activists who work on queer issues in India, Canada and the Caribbean at both local and transnational levels. It will highlight the tensions that activists face when their work puts them in contact with local governments, legal systems, international relations, and even popular culture.

Ponni Arasu, queer activist (New Delhi, India)
The Future of Queer Activism in India

Akim Larcher, Stop Murder Music Campaign (Toronto, ON)
Working Against Homophobia in the Caribbean from within Canada

Scott Clarke, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (Toronto, ON)
On “Solidarity with Palestinian Queers”

Moderated by:
Dina Georgis (Toronto, ON)

Ponni Arasu is a queer feminist activist from New Delhi, India. She has worked with the Alternative Law Forum in Bangalore, India, as well as with the Law and Society Trust in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her work involves a range of human rights issues including gender, sexuality, labour and conflict. She co-founded a number of collectives that work on a range of issues relating to gender and sexuality including the Nigah media collective that is based in Delhi. The collective has organised the annual Nigah Queer Fest in Delhi for the past three years.

Akim Adé Larcher, is currently the Director & Senior Consultant at The Larcher Group, a boutique consulting firm specializing in a variety of strategic directioning, capacity building and policy development services. Akim is a current board member of the International Lesbian & Gay Association (ILGA), a member on the Advisory Committee for the LGBT Program with Human Rights Watch, and the founder of Stop Murder Music (Canada). His primary focus and concern lies in the discussion and development of sexual citizenship through transnational advocacy interventions. Akim is also a 2008 Gordon Global Fellow sponsored by the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation. This fellowship is awarded to emerging young Canadian leaders who have proven their commitment to and passion for enhancing Canada’s role in global politics.

Scott Clarke is a queer community activist in Toronto, Ontario. He currently works with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.

*We apologize, this venue is not wheel-chair accessible.