Mycelium“grows underground in thread-like formations. It connects roots to one another and breaks down plant material to create healthier ecosystems. Mycelium is the largest organism on earth.” –adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategy
Mycelium is a group of queer & trans youth 16-29 across what is currently known as BC, who connect to center healing, pleasure, and justice in our lives as we envision and create a world liberated from HIV & Hep C stigma.
We are committed to reducing stigma related to HIV & Hep C and to building communities where we feel safe talking about the highs and lows of sex, drugs, relationships and all the things that bring us pleasure.
Mycelium events take place on traditional, unceded territories of various First Nations in what is now colonially referred to as ‘British Columbia’. We hold this fact in our hearts and actions throughout our work at Mycelium. Our team is committed to an ongoing process of learning and unlearning what it means to do work on these lands as peers with diverse relationships to these particular territories.
Mycelium offers online and in person programs organized by coordinators based on the traditional, unceded territories of the
səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil Waututh)
S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō)
Currently referred to as Greater Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, and Prince George.
Mycelium Social Events
The Mycelium team is excited to be offering a wide range of social events online and in these communities year-round!
Check out our events page to learn about upcoming events. You can also follow us on Facebook at Mycelium and on instagram @myceliumbc to find out what’s coming up in a location near you!
Social events range from make-up tutorials, picnics, craft circles, movie screenings, nature walks and much more. All events are organized to meet the current provincial health standards and will include access to masks and hand sanitizer.
Mycelium Core Group
Mycelium’s Core Group is a space for those of us interested in learning more about HIV & Hep C and how these viruses become complicated through systems of oppression. Together, over the course of 5 months, core group members will unpack our personal and community relationships to stigma through a series of anti-oppressive workshops on queer & trans organizing, harm reduction, fatphobia, and sex work, while centering decolonial perspectives on harm, pleasure, and community care models.
Some of the topics and curiosities explored in Core Group include:
- What can queer & trans organizing look like? What are our personal and collective contributions to our movements?
- What can we learn from our histories and bring with us into our futures?
- How can harm reduction strategies, pleasure, and care inform our movements?
Core Group members meet online weekly, including attending monthly events held in our communities. All Core Group members receive an honorarium of $500 for participation.
Applications for our next Core Group cycle will be available June 25th and will run from August – December 2021.
Mycelium Retreats: Do You Mind?
YouthCO and the Community- Based Research Centre (CBRC) are teaming up to deliver, for our second year, a new mental health initiative for queer & trans youth living in the lower main land of BC.
If you are between the ages of 19-24 and are interested in building and refining your leadership in community health, we hope you will join us as we unpack the social and interpersonal challenges that queer & trans youth face together when it comes to our mental health.
We will gather with youth leaders across the lower mainland for a four-day youth leadership retreat, where we will receive training in mental health, project planning, and community organizing.
Following the retreat, we will have the opportunity to apply the skills we have learned in piloting a new mental health initiative of our own design in our communities!
All meals and accommodation for the retreat are included. In addition, youth will receive an honorarium for our time and participation in the retreat weekend and for our work on the community initiative.
COVID-19 Measures: All participants will have access to accommodation and food that reflects provincial standards.