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Healthcare as a human right: how do we break down barriers for Queer Manitobans?

The 2SLGBTQ+ community has unique health care needs and can experience prejudice, societal stigmas or other barriers when accessing and receiving care. How can the broader community ensure all Manitobans, including those who identify as Queer (2SLGBTQ+ ), break down barriers to ensure health care is delivered equitably as a human right?

On April 11, join President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard for the latest Visionary Conversations panel discussion—a series that brings people together to explore tough questions and foster conversations that drive discovery and insight. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6 p.m., panel discussion runs 7-8:30, reception to follow.

At the University of Manitoba we envision a campus and society in which all 2SLGBTQ+ peoples and allies enjoy the freedom and dignity to live openly, authentically and safely.

The Brodie Centre is an accessible space, including services such an elevator and accessible seating. Gender neutral washrooms will be available on site. For those unable to attend, the event will be streamed live on the University of Manitoba’s Facebook page.

Panelists include:
Dr. Fenton Litwiller is a leisure scholar and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. Their research program emphasizes the use of critical inquiry to investigate inclusive recreation environments, and they are currently developing a project driven by interrelated research questions about gender, youth, sexuality, and play by connecting LGBTQ2S youth to a drag performance and genderplay workshop. In the workshop, mentors work with youth to explore gender through makeup, movement to music and costuming.

Dr. Deborah McPhail [BA/01] is an Associate Professor in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Her qualitative and theory-based work focuses on the experiences of people marginalized by and within the healthcare system, including LGBTQ+ communities. Dr. McPhail is the chair of the UMQueer committee and the Theme Lead in Gender and Sexual Health at the College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Tracey Peter [BA/06] is a Professor and Associate Head of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. She has been involved in numerous large-scale national studies involving 2SLGBTQ youth and other marginalized populations. Her general research and publication interests include: research methods/applied statistics, mental health and well-being, and issues of homophobia and transphobia /LGBTQ-inclusive education.

Dr. Albert McLeod is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Metis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. He has over thirty years of experience as a human rights activist and is one of the directors of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba, having done Two-Spirit advocacy work in Winnipeg in 1986. He became an HIV/AIDS activist in 1987, and was the director of the Manitoba Aboriginal AIDS Task Force from 1991 to 2001. In 2018, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Winnipeg. Albert lives in Winnipeg, where he works as a consultant specializing in Indigenous peoples, cultural reclamation and cross-cultural training.

Dr. Reece Malone is the CEO and founder of Sexuality Consultants and Support Services Manitoba, Inc. as well as its subsidiary company Diversity Essentials. A sought out trainer, program and policy consultant, he has worked with local, national and international organizations, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, The Canadian Human Rights Commission and the World Health Organization, on topics that center human sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity. He is the author of the Canadian Human Rights National Roundtable on Gender Identity and Gender Expression, a document that helped lead to the inclusion of gender identity to the Canadian Human Rights Act and changes to the Canadian Criminal Code. He, along with his research associates, has been awarded the George and Fee Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation on Patient Engagement examining healthcare barriers experienced by trans and gender diverse Manitobans.

Dr. Bryan Magwood is the Executive Director of Our Own Health Centre, an interdisciplinary Winnipeg clinic and charity dedicated to the care of men who have sex with men. A clinical ethicist, he practices as a physician in pediatric emergency medicine, and directs its fellowship training program in the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, where he has also served as Undergraduate Associate Dean.

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