All Genders

program info

Taking a spin on the idea of a “Girl’s Group” and/or “Boys Group”,
All Genders was set up March 2022 in Youth Services with the support of RISE Community Health Centre as a weekly youth group for gender diverse youth and their allies to come discuss various topics in a safer space. The plan was that each Friday participants would meet for an hour and a half to do activities and have discussions regarding a broad topic, then taking a look at it with a gendered lens (ie: Gender in Sports). These discussions would eventually lead up to a doing a social justice group project for the Peer 2 Peer showcase, wrapping the whole program up by mid-May 2022.

All Genders Instagram Promo
All Genders Instagram Promo

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TL;DR (Summer All Genders) Instagram Promo
TL;DR (Summer All Genders) Instagram Promo

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All Genders Instagram Promo
All Genders Instagram Promo

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Making Pins with our Button Maker!
Making Pins with our Button Maker!

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Say hi y'all!
Say hi y'all!

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Summer Hire Jocelle & Youth participant doing some blackout poetry!
Summer Hire Jocelle & Youth participant doing some blackout poetry!

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Making Pins with our Button Maker!
Making Pins with our Button Maker!

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HOWEVER, the program participants ignored our “final session” and kept meeting every Friday up until the summer, which was when we launched a longer version of All Genders called TL;DR (Tuesday Livingroom; Drop In, Relax) where activities and discussions continue with a lot of games, bubble tea and laughs!

program highlights

Participants are consistently engaged with the material we have as they don’t always feel safe or comfortable talking about some topics with friends or family. Thanks to this group, they feel safe to speak to other youth in similar situations and at the same time teach their straight/cisgender peers through their personal experiences. Above all, they've made lasting connections and friendships they otherwise may have never had.

Learning about Queer Icons with RISE!
Learning about Queer Icons with RISE!

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Drawing an ideal world
Drawing an ideal world

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Conflict Styles activity with Pokemon
Conflict Styles activity with Pokemon

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Learning about Queer Icons with RISE!
Learning about Queer Icons with RISE!

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"They don't teach this in school!"
"They don't teach this in school!"

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Zine workshop with EA Douglas
Zine workshop with EA Douglas

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Drag Diner Event watching RuPaul & Queer Eye
Drag Diner Event watching RuPaul & Queer Eye

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"They don't teach this in school!"
"They don't teach this in school!"

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There have also been exciting and inspiring workshops throughout the past year. Most notable are the Zine Workshop with writer/author EA Douglas and a Drag Workshop by a local queen, Isabellisima! We also make an effort to watch queer content together (ie: Hearstopper, We're Here, RuPaul's Drag Race).

What's next?

Moving forward the All Genders youth are excited to make more pins with our button maker, create more art and design various safe space stickers (one sticker will soon be on the front door of CNH). The group is also working on a proposal for a rainbow art piece in Collingwood Neighbourhood House. What most are looking forward to are making friends, playing games and having more fun throughout the year! 

Participant with a bunch of new handmade pins!
Participant with a bunch of new handmade pins!

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You give them a whiteboard marker, they create a masterpiece!
You give them a whiteboard marker, they create a masterpiece!

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Safe Space Sticker Sketch
Safe Space Sticker Sketch

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Participant with a bunch of new handmade pins!
Participant with a bunch of new handmade pins!

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Interested in joining
all Genders?

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For more information, contact:

Ry Forsythe

They/Them

Peer 2 Peer Program Manager

604-435-0323 ext. 277

 rforsythe@cnh.bc.ca