Black Students Black Youth Empowerment Report

Report: Changing the Narrative – Dispelling Homophobia

The Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP), in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada, continues its thought-provoking, Changing the Narrative. This event was meant to provide a safe space for critical reflection and discussion that seeks to dispel homophobia toward our African Caribbean Black (ACB) LGBTQ2+ community members. This event not only recognizes that African descent LGBTQ2+ community members do experience a sense of unbelonging within academia but in our broader Canadian communities.

The ACMP encouraged audiences to receive two amazing keynote addresses from Tyler Boyce and Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah. Both speakers facilitated deep conversation on how we can build and sustain a relationship of solidarity among all ACB community members, but with a focus on dispelling African descent homophobia. The discussion was followed by a Q&A session which encouraged audience members to challenge their preconceived notions, while learning the dangers of homophobia. The Changing the Narrative offers a space for ACB LGBTQ2+ folks to discuss their experiences as well as a wider conversation on the homophobia that exists within the ACB community. Our goal is to foster an inclusive and safe space for students, professional and community members from all walks of life to communicate, learn, and discuss.