When: Tuesday, 31 August from 18-20h
Where: Zoom (pre-registration through Eventbrite required
Cost: FREE – please consider a donation to the Pervers/Cité honorariums for BIPOC volunteers and event organizers
Who: Anyone self-identifying as non-cis gendered and wanting to explore gendering in relation to their body (zero tolerance for gatekeeping / transphobia).
Join us for an exploration of somatic gendering: the alchemy that can transmute dysphoria to embodiment. This space is being created for non-cis gendered persons interested in invitations for gentle physical movement and play, opportunities to bear witness and be witnessed in our sensuality and physical perceptions, and offering of queries into our felt sense of pleasure towards our internal gender rendering through practices of mindful play and exploration.
So often, gendering is done in a paradigm of relating to others, a performance to elicit social coding/responses, a path to feeling less uncomfortable or dysphoric in our bodies. In this online space, we will be invited to step into a different paradigm: one in which we engage with gendering as an internal mindfulness practice of reflection on our felt senses.
This event will be facilitated by Ro, a (white, immigrant from Huichin/Oakland & settler on Tiohti:áke/Montréal, non-monogamous, gender-fluid trans FtX dyke) Gender Embodiment coach and student of Somatic Sex Education. They offer sacred intimacy guidance and subversive gender revelry; their care offerings are rooted in embodied queer resistance and pleasure-based somatics with a background in harm reduction social work, sexuality education, sex work, and psychology.
This workshop will be facilitated from colonized indigenous land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst many First Nations including the Kanien’kehá:ka of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Huron/Wendat, Abenaki, and Anishinaabeg. The Kanien’kehá:ka peoples are recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters which nourish and sustain those of us who live on this territory known as Tiohti:áke (Kanien’kéha)/ Mooniyang (Anishinaabemowin). If you have the means to donate, please offer support to RAVEN Trust
a registered charity that raises legal defense funds to assist Indigenous Peoples who enforce their rights and title to protect their traditional territories.
As the facilitator and a white-bodied settler who non-consensually occupies colonized Indigenous territory, I want to call out the complexities in presenting a workshop centered on self-pleasure and mindful embodiment as liberatory praxis. The separation of mind and soma is a tool of colonization and white supremacy; it is the cultures and understandings of bodies of color that are the originators and keepers of these wisdoms. I share my awareness and personal experience with deep gratitude and reverence for this knowledge.
Accessibility: This workshop is being led in English; participants are encouraged to speak and type in French as well. Auto-generated English captions will be turned on. Anonymity is welcome (camera on/off, use of real name or pseudonym, participation via chat and/or audio). Activities offered in this workshop are absolutely optional. Please reach out in advance if you have additional requests.
Pervers/Cité is an anti-corporate queer and trans festival that relies on dedicated volunteers, grants, and fundraising to operate each year. If you appreciate the festival, please consider donating the 2021 edition. All funds are equally split between festival costs and honorariums for BIPOC volunteers and event organizers: