Seminar: WHY AREN’T YOU A GAY BAR YET?

WHY AREN’T YOU A GAY BAR YET? PRESENTED BY CALLIOPE DRAPER

This session boldly asks the question “its 2023, are you a gay bar yet?”

Drawing from personal stories, queer theory and philosophies of hospitality, this session discusses the ways we can create intentional, supportive environments for queer and trans people, how we can overturn barriers we may unintentionally create, and how we can move beyond creating safe spaces and towards creating actively welcoming spaces. This session strives to recontextualize our roles in the hospitality industry into roles of activism, justice, and advocacy through candid discussions about the ways in which queer and trans people navigate the industry, as professionals or as guests. Although this session is a space for discussion and questioning, this is not a debate on queerness or transness.

Upon leaving this session, attendees will have developed a better understanding of the structural barriers to engagement faced by trans people, the dangers of leaving this work exclusively to queer folk, the importance of queer joy and visibility, and the difference between a safe and an actively welcoming space. Attendees should feel empowered to engage in informed discussions about queer inclusive hospitality strategies, challenge transphobia that they encounter and learn more about the topics discussed.

May 29 @ 14:00
14:00 — 15:00 (1h)

Third Place