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Why Anti-O Training?
As community organizers, our work and our ideas of the world can grealtly benefit from integrating an “anti-oppressive” perspective. This way of thinking has been beneficial in other social justice work that involves people who are marginalized by society. It works by examining the ways in which the marginalized group or groups someone belongs to impact their experience in society on an individual level, and in complex ways. Sometimes, this can be a difficult topic to explore, either because you have experienced marginalization yourself (and it’s triggering), or because you haven’t (and there is a certain amount of natural guilt or defensiveness that comes along with that because it feels like you are somehow implicated in causing the oppression of others).

For the people in our LGBT2QI+ communities, they all have experienced oppression as a sexual or gender minority group. However, some individuals may also experience ‘intersecting’ oppression. For example, a trans woman has a higher chance of experiencing transphobia because of the impacts of misogyny and sexism. An indigenous person may have a complexity to dealing with the label of LGBTQ+ identities because of cultural stereotypes. Often these moments are much more subtle, and take a lot of thinking about once the initial uncomfortable moment occurs.
In many ways, the existing policies of non-labeling, meeting people where they are at, and setting up opportunities for independence and value in society are already in line with anti-oppressive practice.

For the purposes of organizing the Guelph Pride Festivals, this way of thinking is often extremely helpful because it allows us to step back from a particularly tense or intense moment with someone we work with and see the bigger context of power and oppression that person is reacting to. We become better able to recognize either that the situation is probably not about us, or not about what just happened. It is triggering memories of other oppression for them.

(adjusted from https://www.bc-ipse.org/modules-anti-oppressive-training.html)

Details
All Anti-O Sessions will be facilitated by our committee member, Bella H. and hosted by our co-chairs.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

All committee members AND festival volunteers must attend this training. This is mandatory. Failure to do so could result in a reassessment of your standing as a committee member. Please refer to our policies & procedures for details.

If you require any additional accessibility accommodations/needs in addition to the ones you provided in your committee application, please contact Jasper at co-chair.external@guelphpride.com

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