Facebook Live: 5 Lessons Learned to Better Support Queer and Trans Women in Canada

Presented by: Tatiana Ferguson, Co-founder of the Black Queer Youth Collective
Learn more about the Black Queer Youth Collective (BQYC) and their different projects here: https://www.blackqueeryouthcollective.org/

The COVID-19 pandemic has set the course for many new norms. In this featured presentation, Tatiana reflects on how the gender-based violence sector can embrace change and adapt to new realities to be more inclusive of Queer and Trans women in Canada. She also shares insights into opportunities and challenges related to telehealth and virtual support based on anecdotal evidence solicited from participants of the BQYC COVID-19 Assistance project.


Presenter Biography:

Tatiana Ferguson is a leader in Equity and Inclusion and a founding member of the Black Queer Youth Collective; a grassroots group dedicated to identifying and responding to the needs of Black Queer and Trans youth in Toronto. Tatiana coordinates and facilitates capacity building activities for organizational and systemic change. Her work is informed by an anti-oppression framework with critical consideration to how intersections of Race, Gender and Class interplay to create barriers for marginalized communities. Tatiana has generously offered her time, experiences, and skills to numerous organizations thereby promoting visibility and adding a unique perspective on enhanced service provision. In 2017, Tatiana spearheaded the Toronto for All campaign aimed to raise awareness about transphobia and racism and consulted on the Police Oversight Review that was prepared by Justice Michael Tulloch. She was also an advisor to the City of Toronto's Social Development, Finance and Administration division which supported the development of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism and laid the foundation for the Confronting Anti-black racism unit. Tatiana continues to advise various legislative and governing bodies on inclusive practices. Her work fundamentally addresses social and political issues through research, advocacy, and public education.