Held on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 from 9:30am – 4:30pm at William Doo Auditorium (45 Willcocks Street, Toronto, ON). The Youth Sexual Health Research Symposium: Fight Forward, Fight Back was a day long symposium bringing together youth sexual health researchers to share their work, with the aim of raising voices not traditionally given space in research and academia.

The goal of the symposium is to bring together community youth (ages 16-30 who are part of a youth group/organization, not attending University, or would like to get connected with people of similar passions) and university students to share their research and artistic pieces on youth sexual health. In the current political climate, this year’s symposium will provide a crucial forum for solidarity and resistance. During the symposium, students, youth, academics, policy makers, and community members working in or interested in these fields will be given the opportunity to network and engage in each other’s’ work. We encourage students from all disciplines to present research “in progress,” test out ideas for a thesis or dissertation proposal, or present original research or artistic pieces.

The 2017 symposium featured three panels, an Art Installation: A Seat At The Table Lead artists: Lydia Hernandez, Tumaini Lyaruu Contributing Artists: Mimi Duong, Anthony Boni, Eravine Doe, and a keynote performance by SExT, the Sexual Education by Theatre project.

Panel 1: Race, Culture and Sexual Health

Emma Burgess: “Sexual Health Needs Assessment of Young Newcomer,Immigrant, and Second Generation Women in the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area”

Tiyondah Fante-Coleman: “ACB Youth, Sexual Health and the Role of Relationship Expectations”

Nadia Junaid: Muslim Young Adults and Sexual Health Knowledge

Chizara Anucha: “The Black Girl’s Burden: Sexualized Stereotypes and the Reproductive Health of Black Women”

Panel 2: Sex on Video

Alanna Goldstein: “From Harm Reduction to Ethical Erotics: The Value of Teaching Porn in School

Auranne Paulina: Female Sexuality, Desire and Agency: Young Women Speak Back

Katie MacEntee: “Celling sex: Girls cellphilms on gender-based violence and AIDS in rural South Africa”

Art Installation: A Seat At The Table Lead artists: Lydia Hernandez, Tumaini Lyaruu Contributing Artists: Mimi Duong, Anthony Boni, Eravine Doe

 Panel 3: Queering Sexual Health

Gitanjali Lena: Consent and Coercion for Trans Racialized Youth in Ontario Health Care Settings

Ellis Furman: Bye Bye Binary: Envisioning Change with Non-Binary Youth.

Lexie Maister and Rainbow Coco: Community-Campus Partnerships: Working Together to Support Rainbow’s Pride in Scarborough