York University’s Centre for Feminist Research and the Sexuality Studies program are presenting a screening of QueerEdge: From Gay to Queer Liberation, directed by Nick Mulé, an associate professor in York’s School of Social Work. The free event is being hosted in the Nat Taylor Cinema (Ross North 102) on Feb. 6 beginning at 2:30 p.m. and will include a question and answer session with the director following the film.
QueerEdge interviews more than 30 academics, activists and artists, including Toronto city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Toronto Unity Mosque co-founder El-Farouk Khaki, who provide in-depth insights on their queer liberation sensibilities, contributing to a critical socio-political analysis of gender and sexual politics.
The interviews, spanning historical and contemporary LGBTQ issues, reveal internal politics, provide a critical analysis of the mainstreaming effects of the LGBT equality movements vs. the progressive, sex-positive views of queer liberation movements, and uncover an internal divide between those who are content with equality and those who continue to fight for liberation.
QueerEdge is part of the public education and queer community development strategy for the Queer Liberation Theory Project, a community-based research study led by Mulé and community group Queer Ontario.
Mulé has been a queer activist for more than 30 years and is a first-time filmmaker. He is the coordinator of York’s Sexuality Studies program and is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Health and the School of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies.
Mulé teaches policy, theory and practice, and publishes and has research interests in the areas of social inclusion and exclusion of gender and sexually diverse populations in social policy and service provision and the degree of their recognition as distinct communities in cultural, systemic and structural contexts. He is also a psychotherapist in private practice serving gender and sexually diverse populations in Toronto.
The screening is being held at in an accessible space and all members of the York University community and the public are welcome to attend but are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.