"that's so gay" - a talk about Context

Mpowerment's weekly discussion night comes in heavy this week while we discuss what "context" is and how it's used to create "social norms".

We've heard all those words before. Yes. The "bad" ones people use because they've become "re-appropriated".

Why do we take such offense to these words? Should we re-appropriate them so that we can move on from the past? Or is it a good thing to learn from our mistakes and just forget about certain things?

Let's talk about it....

January 27, 2015 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Mpowerment Headquarters

Will you come?

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!