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RECORDING: The road to becoming an authentic LGBTQQIP2SAA ally

July 1, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

An interactive workshop recorded on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Diversity and inclusion is a journey, not a destination. Many organizations are taking steps forward to become more diverse, inclusive and create a sense of belonging in their culture. But these efforts must also include trans, intersex, non-binary and Two-Spirit individuals, because:

  1. 1. Organizations need to seek diverse perspectives to better represent their gender and sexually diverse staff, customers and audiences.
  2. 2. They are overlooking valuable talent and thinking based on lived experiences.
  3. 3. They should have ambitions to reflect the world we all share to create spaces where everyone is welcome and celebrated.

To become a more diverse industry, it is important to first improve understanding about how to be inclusive to trans, non-binary and two-spirit professionals, and become an authentic ally now.

Join IABC/Toronto for an interactive workshop with Virgin Mariana Cortes and Angel Glady, two advocates and educators in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit, androgynous and asexual (LGBTQQIP2SAA) community, who bring immense expertise, knowledge and wisdom as trans women to this engaging workshop.

The interactive workshop includes the following elements:

  • • Definitions in the context of the gender and sexual spectrum
  • • The problem with heteronormative language norms
  • • Human rights laws
  • • HR protocols
  • • Scenarios
  • • Ally boot camp


$10: IABC member rate ($11.30 with HST)
$15: non-member rate ($16.95 with HST)



Angel Glady (She/her): Angel Glady is a Toronto-based trans woman activist and educator born and raised in Tamil Nadu, India. She is the first trans woman who went to University of Madras to do an M.A Mass Communication. She is a theatre activist and she feels arts is the best tool to make a revolution in the straight cis normative binary world.

She worked with French theatre group ‘clowns without border’ and a South Korean theatre group called ‘TUIDA’. She acted in many Tamil movies. She was the co-founder of a trans theatre group called Panmai theatre in Chennai India and she worked with Trans Plus Canada as a project research assistant.


Virgen Mariana Cortes (She/her/they/them): Virgen is an empowered Colombian Trans woman living in Toronto as an LGBTQQIP2SAA educator and activist. She advocates for the rights of those who find themselves marginalized and vulnerable and creates awareness about social issues and justice. She works in social services and community based programs and is currently enrolled in a social service worker college program. She is really passionate when it comes to support and advocacy. She also loves the fashion world, being a good friend and connecting with folks.


July 1, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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