In honour of Pride Month, the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Equity in Diversity and Inclusion and Radio Laurier present In Conversation: Pride, Research and Community. Wilfrid Laurier University is proud to highlight some of the students and faculty members studying issues that affect 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and communities. Today, featured researchers Cameron Mackenzie, Charlie Davis, Eden Hennessey, Tin Vo, Todd Coleman, Maryam Khan and Michael Woodford share with us their personal experiences and how their research, often in collaboration with community-partners, works to challenge systems of oppression, address inequities and reduce barriers faced by 2SLGBTQ+ communities in Canada.
Maryam Khan, Tin Vo, Michael Woodford, Charlie Davis, and Cameron McKenzie first discuss the relationship between their identities and lived experience, and how they carry out research with 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and communities. Researchers Eden Hennessey, Michael Woodford, Tin Vo, Maryam Khan, Cameron McKenzie, and Charlie Davis then highlight projects with 2SLGBTQ+ communities that have particularly resonated with them. Recognizing intersectionality and the multiple identities individuals hold, Maryam Khan, Todd Coleman, Charlie Davis, and Eden Hennessey share how identities can impact the varying experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ persons. Cameron McKenzie, Todd Coleman, Tin Vo, Charlie Davis, Maryam Khan, and Eden Hennessey then share their final thoughts with what they feel are some of the most hopeful changes they’ve seen for 2SLGBTQ+ communities and what they hope to see in the future