Mohawk College presents Laverne Cox

December 12, 2014

The Mohawk College community is already getting ready for a special guest early next year!  Social Inc. in partnership with the Mohawk Students’ Association, The Well (LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre of Hamilton) and the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area present Laverne Cox.

Laverne Coxlaverne cox is well-known for her role on the hit show “Orange is the New Black” and will discuss her life and journey as a transgender actress.  This event will be held at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, located at the Fennell campus on March 23rd, 2015.  For more information and tickets, please click here.

Mohawk College Library has resources to help you learn more about the LGBTQ community.  The library has recently acquired the video Beautiful Boxer which  is based on the true story of Thailand’s famed transgendered kick-boxer, Parinya Charoenphol (known as Nong Toom in Thailand).  The book, Transgender people discusses gender identity disorders, the transgender rights movement, and other issues faced by the transgender community.

If you do go to the event, be sure to send us a message on Facebook, Tweet us @mohawklibrary, or send us a picture on Instagram.


In the city: World AIDS Day

November 21, 2014

In recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1, 2014) the AIDS Network, in partnership with Mohawk College’s positive space, Social Inc., presents the movie “The Normal Heart.”   This community event will take place on Thursday, November 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at the Fennell campus. The movie stars Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, and deals with the emerging AIDS crisis during the 1980s.  A panel discussion will take place following the film.

The AIDS Network will also be hosting an Open House on Monday, November 24th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to celebrate HIV/AIDS Awareness week.  Guests are invited to meet staff and learn more about the programs and services for people living with, affected by and vulnerable to HIV and hepatitis C.

Mohawk College Library has a variety of resources that can help you learn more about HIV/AIDS.  The book HIV/AIDS: A very short introduction includes information about the emergence of the epidemic, scientific responses, and its impact on the world.  100 questions & answers about HIV and AIDS answers the most commonly asked questions about HIV and AIDS including: diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment quality of life, alternative medicine, targeted therapy, and coping strategies.  The series HIV/AIDS: Real people, true stories is available through the online video database Films On Demand.  The videos dispel myths about HIV/AIDS, explain how HIV is acquired and how it can be prevented, and discusses the physical, psychological, and social effects of being HIV-positive.

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From the website CATIE: Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information.


In the city: We are here – Hamilton Pride

June 13, 2014

Throughout this week, Hamilton Pride will host events in the city.  From pool parties, a flag raising ceremony at City Hall, an AIDS candlelight vigil, workshops, and lots of social gatherings, to be sure this Hamilton Pride week will be the best yet.   But wait, even more events are planned for the weekend, so be sure to check the event listing for more details.

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If you don’t want the party to stop, from June 20 – 29, 2014, Toronto is hosting World Pride 2014.With its mission “…to hold an international celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities. It will highlight Canada’s continued progress in human rights, and the diversity and dynamism of Toronto;” there is something for everyone to enjoy the entire month of June.

Since diversity strengthens communities, and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility, ; Mohawk College faculty and staff are participating in training sessions.  Organized by Social Inc., the aim of this training is to promote inclusion in physical and virtual learning spaces, and to ensure that everyone is aware of how to support marginalized students.

The Mohawk College Library has a variety of resources that deal with inclusiveness and education about LGBTTIQQ2SA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, 2 Spirited, Allies) communities.  The book Gay life and culture: A world history, is a collection of thought-provoking essays about what makes gay life and culture universal throughout human culture and across time.  You can find other resources by clicking this link.

Practicing what they preach, Mohawk College proudly raises the rainbow flag at the Fennell Avenue campus entrance.  How are you going to show your pride?