The panel focuses on the experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ (2-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and plus) people, and the ways that race, culture, ethnicity, and identity shape this experience. There will be performances to entertain and inspire during the event.
Performers and Panelists:
AHSIA (she/her) is an upcoming singer/songwriter from Vancouver Canada. AHSIA was born in Philadelphia, raised in Vancouver with a Nigerian background. By the age of ten AHSIA discovered her love for music, songwriting and performing. Her genres include R&B, Rap, Soul with touches of jazz & poetic rap. Her passion for music only continues to grow and hopes to share her sound with the world.
Tik Tok: ahsiamusic
Karmella Barr Is Vancouver’s very own sweet chocolate treat.
Karmella has had an interest in theatre and entertainment starting at a very young age. This love for entertainment and theatre has lead Karmella to the wonderful world of drag and philanthropy!
Karmella has been doing drag in Vancouver for 6 years and counting. In her shows she is seen as an incredibly personable queen known for the amazing balance of emotion and glamour that she brings to her performances. This amazing balance earned her the title of “Miss Congeniality” in 2016 and then eventually Miss Cobalt 6 in 2017.
Karmella can’t wait to get to know you. Have fun and stay safe. You can find Karmella on social media on the following accounts:
FB: Karmella Barr
Tristan Desaulniers (he/him) is a transgender writer and Primary Care Paramedic in Ontario. He has a BAH in Drama, English, and Creative Writing from University of Windsor and is passionate about the crossroads between medicine and the arts.
Vincent Bolt uses he/him pronouns. He works with Rainbow Online Connection, and he is a Social Worker Psychotherapist in private practice. He is completing his Master of Social Work through the University of Victoria. He has been involved in 2SLGBTQ+ activism since 2006. He lives in Sudbury with his temperamental rabbit Frith.
Rana is the Specialist, Education & Training at QMUNITY since 2018. Over more than 14 years she worked on creating and holding safe spaces for contentious conversations and conflict resolution. She is a social activist for diversity & inclusion and human rights. She has built a strong career in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, restorative justice, and community engagement. Through these programs, she has helped to bridge the gap between people from different political affiliations, ethnicities & beliefs, backgrounds, and increased their ability to lead the change they want to see in their societies, circles, and workplaces.