The EnVision Conference is an annual gathering of 2SLGBTQIAP+ students and allies/co-conspirators. The focus of this year's conference is 2SLGBTQIAP+ Indigenous, Black, and Racialized Joy, Intersections, and Futurity.
The EnVision Conference invites 2SLGBTQIAP+ Elementary and Secondary students and their allies/co-conspirators to honour and celebrate 2SLGBTQIAP+ communities, as well as discuss issues faced across Ontario in addressing homophobia and transphobia. Students will use various virtual platforms to ask questions and explore ways to celebrate gender and sexual diversity in schools and beyond.
EnVision is most appropriate for students who are part of, or who want to start a Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA), Gender Justice Group, Equity Club, or other groups of students interested in advocating for anti-oppression and anti-hate, as well as affirming and healthy relationships in schools.
The conference will be in-person with some online options for Virtual Schools. It's free and is open to TDSB middle and high school students and staff.
This year our keynote speaker is Catherine Hernandez (She/Her). An award-winning author and critically acclaimed screenwriter. She is a proud queer woman who is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian descent and married into the Navajo Nation. Her first novel, Scarborough won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript; was a finalist for several awards including Canada Reads 2022. Her second novel Crosshairs, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and made the CBC’s Best Canadian Fiction.
She’s written several children’s books and the screenplay for the film adaptation of Scarborough, which was nominated for 11 Canadian Screen Awards and won 8 including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Joining us again, is the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance(TKBA). This for youth, by youth grassroots organization founded in 2010 aims to create a space to nurture the needs of Black and racialized LGBTQI+ youth who are facing varying barriers and trauma. TKBA also provides a space for them to be seen, protected and liberated, while developing a sense of community and bringing Ballroom Arts to Toronto.
Registration is now closed.