We Demand: A Canadian History of Sexual Activism

Interested in the sexual history of Canada? Look no further than the “We Demand”: History/Sex/Activism Conference taking place at the end of August in Vancouver.

The three day conference is being held on the 40th anniversary of the “We Demand” protest.  The historic protest saw hundreds of gay and lesbian Canadians assembling outside Parliament Hill in Ottawa to bring an end to unequal laws that discriminated and marginalized.  The Vancouver conference is being held to discuss activism and sexuality in Canada with an emphasis on history.

“We Demand” is being presented by the Department of History at SFU, and the Pacific Cinematheque.  There will be a mix of short films and videos, as well as guest speakers.  The keynote speakers include Ann Cvetkovich and Jessica Yee, the founder of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network.  The last night of the conference includes a cabaret performance by the writer, performer, and artist Michael V. Smith.

The three day event will take place from August 26-28th at the Coast Plaza Hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Registration ends on August 17th, so if you are interested sign up today! For more information check out the event Facebook page or email the coordinators at  wedemand2011@gmail.com.

By Rya Kobewka