Physics of Black Sexualities

GAAP is pleased to partner on the upcoming event: Physics of Black Sexualities! Please join us! PhysicsofBlackSexualitiesFINAL

When: Thursday February 27, 2020,  5:00-7:30pm

Where: Jackman Humanities – Room 100, 170 St George St., Toronto

Physics of Black Sexualities will be a discussion on Blackness, sexuality and what the disenfranchisement of Black queer communities has meant/and what it means today. We know that Black History and Black revolutionary movements would never have been possible without our LGBTQ+ family and we need to be holding critical conversations in BHM to high-light where we, as a student association and as a community, need to be showing up and out for our family. As we move into a new decade, it is with urgency that we must address the impact of homophobia, transphobia, stigmatization of sexually transmitted infections in our communities and calling one another in to do that.


Prof. Andrea Allen 

Andrea S. Allen research has addressed matters of race, sexuality, gender, violence, and religion in Brazil and the African Diaspora. Through a focus on LGBTQ Brazilians, especially Afro-Brazilian lesbian women, her work explores the effects of marginalization from an embodied perspective. In interrogating the everyday, her research prioritizes lived experiences as an essential locus of inquiry when contemplating the contradictions and dissonances of human existence. Dr. Allen has conducted ethnographic research related to the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé, same-sex sexuality, and gender. Her first book Violence and Desire in Brazilian Lesbian Relationships (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) focused on the experiences of lesbian women in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Tatiana Ferguson- Transformed Project Coordinator for Metrac

Tatiana Ferguson is a Sexual Health Educator, Project Coordinator and Human Rights advocate. Their work encompasses community consultations, youth engagement and facilitating discussions on the social determinants of health, Trans Awareness, creating a safe space and anti-oppression. Their most notable accomplishment has been working with the Federal government to develop a public policy that acknowledges citizens Gender identity and Gender expression. Tatiana has also worked with the City of Toronto to raise awareness about Transphobia and racism through the Toronto For All campaign. They have facilitated sessions on Gender and sexuality as a guest speaker in Vancouver, Montreal and Ontario to encourage dialogue about diversity and inclusion with a focus on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

Nakia Lee-Foon

Nakia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences division of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her award-winning research focuses on exploring the sexual health literacy of young, self-identified Black-African, Caribbean and Canadian gay, bisexual, queer, non-hetero+ youth in Toronto, Ontario. Nakia completed her Master of Health Sciences with specialization in Community Health from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Her master’s thesis explored the state of Black-Canadian parent-youth sexual health communication in Toronto. Nakia has experience teaching in the community as well as at the undergraduate and graduate levels at several Ontario universities.