The Mosaic Institute
August 26, 2020

Mosaic in Conversation: Racialized LGBTQQIAP2S+ Experiences


JOIN US for a conversation featuring community organizers at the intersection of LGBTQQIAP2S+ and racialized identities.

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It is our goal to highlight the roles that community organizing can play in positively impacting multiply marginalized people’s lives as they contend with ongoing issues such as healthcare, xenophobia, and policing.

This conversation will feature communtiy organizaers from across Canada, including Tunchai Redvers, Jen Sungshine, Sonali (Alyy) Patel, and Nik Redman. Website Banner Size.png

About the Project

This project is a community-based series examining the impact of COVID-19 on individuals within the Black, Asian, and Indigenous community, who self-identify as LGBTQQIAP2S+, with a focus on how multiply marginalised communities navigate challenges of exclusion, stigma, and discrimination. We will revisit historical questions regarding racial and LGBTQQIAP2S+ injustice in this new COVID-19 era, in order to identify the ways in which these issues have been changed by the pandemic and the ways they have remained the same. We aim to have a clear understanding of the effects of discrimination against multiply marginalised people given this unprecedented social context. We will work with multiply marginalised people to define this issue according to their own experiences and will develop a Toolkit to recommend solutions as identified by the participants.


People who exist at the intersection of more than one marginalised identity (“multiply marginalised” people) face unique challenges that are distinct from the challenges that their peers in each identity group face. Identity groups such as LGBTQQIAP2S+ people and various racialized groups create community support networks to fill in gaps in services such as education, childcare, healthcare, and employment. However, these community-based services are not evenly distributed among identity group members.

The ongoing pandemic exacerbates existing inequalities both among and within communities; notably with regards to xenophobia, policing, and access to healthcare. While all historically entrenched issues, they have become all the more urgent due to the current crisis. Three identity groups at the intersection of LGBTQQIAP2S+ and racialized identities are most directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis: Asian, Black, and Indigenous LGBTQQIAP2S+ people. Each of these intersections have experienced a significant and unique change in personal safety as a result of Canadian society’s handling of COVID-19.

This project is being coordinated by the 2020 University of Toronto Master of Global Affairs Internship team, supported by the Mosaic Institute

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