This Trans Awareness Month 2018, Positive Space at Ryerson invites you to participate in advocacy and educational events and workshops that celebrate, honour and raise the visibility of the trans community.
Art Blake, Professor, Department of History
Art Blake is a cultural historian with research interests in cities, gender, clothing and communication. His current project, Re-Dressing: Tailoring the Gendered Body, is supported by a SSHRC Institutional Grant.
Giselle Basanta, Senior Legal Counsel, Ryerson University
Gigi Basanta has been at Ryerson since 2013 and is now Senior Legal Counsel and Assistant Board Secretary (A) in the Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat. Gigi was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008 after articling at the Toronto District School Board. Gigi was Associate Counsel at the TDSB from 2008 to 2013 during which time they were seconded to the positions of Board Secretary, and externally, as Legal Counsel to the 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games. Prior to starting a law career, Gigi held several positions in the Ontario Public Service and the City of Toronto. Gigi has degrees from Queen's University and the University of Windsor law school. Gigi lives in downtown Toronto with her partner and son (and negotiates his outfits with him every morning). Gigi's pronouns are she/they.
Mic. Carter, Toronto fashion designer, L'Uomo Strano
Mic. Carter is a Toronto-based creative that through experimental design and stylization, has developed an interest in fusing social justice, futurity, abjection, and community with fashion. They are particularly invested in understanding how clothing can be used to embolden those on the slippages of cis-gender heteronormativity and femme-phobia, primarily through ethnographic embodiment. L’Uomo Strano is the result of this, a brand invested in creating responsive beauty for the femme-identified, gender non-conformist’s wardrobe.
Dr. Sydney Tam, Physician, Sherbourne Health Centre; Emergency Physician, Markham Stouffville Hospital
Sydney Tam (she/her) is a Toronto physician and lecturer at the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is also a musician, filmmaker, artist and author and is well acquainted with the intersections of style, professionalism and gender in her decades of work and life within the LGBTQ+ community.