Earlier this month I had the honour of moderating a very special panel discussion organized by the Peel Regional Diversity Round-table. The topic of discussion: Is Homophobia the New Racism?As you can imagine, the provocative question sparked a lot of debate. Some felt that the question implied that racism has been resolved and now we're moving on to homophobia. That's not how I read it. I believed that question implied that there are clear links, similarities and overlaps between the two and this was an interesting way of entering the discussion.
So, the nature of the debate inspired my outfit that day. I wanted to dress conservatively as I was the moderator, but I wanted to express my support of LGBTQ community, in a subtle way, which is why I'm wearing a rainbow of colours. The rainbow being the symbol of inclusivity. By the way, this is the third of my three orange skirts that I referenced in this post.
One of the things I was reminded of is that there is a lot of power in acknowledging issues, the power of language and creating safe spaces. All four panelists said again and again, that the word Queer is one that we shouldn't be afraid of using. Many in the audience, were uncomfortable with this. But I figure if the panelists want us to use this term then: I'm declaring this blog a Queer friendly space.
~ Photos by Chris ~
Scarf: Mom's, also worn here
Kenneth Cole Shoes: thrifted at Double Take
Bracelets: Beaded one from my friend Dagna; Brown floral pattern: street vendor in Bombay, India
Earrings: Blanco in Lisbon
Here is a picture of our panel. That is the lovely Marisa Fortune (second from the left) who organized this great event.