Registration & Breakfast
Taken: Exposing Global LGBTQ2+ Sex Tafficking
In 2017, a ten-year study conducted by anti-slavery group Polaris of over 40,000 reported cases of alleged human trafficking and labor exploitation revealed that LGBTQ2+ youth made up a disproportionately high percentage of trafficking victims. Whether through in person encounters or remote—and increasingly popular—interactions via webcam, phone sex lines or text-based chats, LGBTQ2+ minors experience myriad forms of sexual slavery on a routine basis. This panel examines the disturbing plight of LGBTQ2+ trafficking victims both within and outside of North America. Our presenters will address social, economic and legislative forces contributing to this global epidemic.
A House Divided: Pathways of Remediation for the LGBTQ2+ Community and Law Enforcement
Between 2010 and 2017, Toronto’s Gay Village was the site of one of the worst serial killing sprees in Canadian history. As details of Bruce McArthur’s activities came to light, many in the LGBTQ2+ community expressed outrage over the way law enforcement handled investigations surrounding the events. Divisions between the LGBTQ2+ community and law enforcement deepened when, in 2016, the decision was made not to allow uniformed LGBTQ2+ police service members to march in Toronto’s annual Pride Parade. These events have added fuel to a lengthy history of contention between the two groups. Our session offers a comprehensive look at how prominent organizations are working to repair community relations and help restore a more cohesive and perfect union.
Breakout #1: Fellow Travelers: Encouraging LGBTQ2+ Self-Identification in the Workplace (Breakout)
More than ever, employers are empowering LGBTQ2+ workers with supportive workplace policies and lifestyle benefits to influence an inclusive workplace for all. Companies encourage LGBTQ2+ communal growth through employee resource groups (ERGs), support of external LGBTQ2+ organizations, and recalibrated workplace policies once deemed unfriendly toward the queer community. Yet, despite such remarkable changes, many LGBTQ2+ workers remain hesitant to openly identify as LGBTQ2+. This session works to demonstrate strengths and vulnerabilities in self-identification. Throughout this session, participants will collectively outline strategies to promote a safe and encouraging workplace where employees can feel free to be their authentic selves.
Breakout #2: Spectacular Bodies: Privacy, Public Identity and LGBTQ2+ Personality (Breakout)
Social media has forever changed the way people convey and receive information. Though often an entertaining way to engage the world, cringe-worthy moments shock the masses when seemingly private communications get thrust, however inadvertently, onto the world’s stage. From controversial opinions to political blunders, no one is immune in the court of public opinion. This session examines the ongoing transformation of LGBTQ2+ experience in the age of digital identity. Our panel will explore several timely topics, including the celebrity influence of LGBTQ2+ lifestyle, LGBTQ2+ activism through social media, the rise of revenge porn and cyber hacking, the phenomenon of public outing, and the scourge of cyber bullying.
Becoming: Supporting the Transgender Journey
Though some see transitioning as a highly personal process, the truth is decidedly more complex. For friends, families and loved ones, learning to support—or in some instances accept—a transgendered individual’s new identity can be an uncomfortable or arduous experience. The same might be said for members of one’s immediate or extended professional network—even despite the best of intentions. This session seeks to understand how organizations and fellow professionals can best support colleagues, friends or family living a newly realized truth. Participants will work collaboratively toward fostering an informed and compassionate support system within personal and professional settings.
Original Sin: Religiosity, Same-Sex Desire & Institutionalized Homophobia
Homosexuality and organized religion share a lengthy if often vexed history. From quiet disapproval to “sanctified” execution, varied and at times ambiguous cross-denominational attitudes toward same-sex desire underscore a profoundly rocky relationship for LGBTQ2+ constituents with religious inclinations or beliefs. Indeed, in an era where synergies between religious fundamentalism and homophobia coalesce with salacious headlines of sexual abuse and the Catholic Church, outbreaks of antisemitism, and anti-LGBTQ2+ violence in Africa and the Middle East, religion—or more precisely, religiosity as such—has come to occupy a special place in the eyes of a general public. This closing conversation takes an earnest look at the role of organized religion in informing public policy and social norms around the world.
The OutLaws Soirée
Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we wrap up the day’s proceedings.
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HOTEL ROOM BLOCK DETAILS
Thomson Reuters is pleased to announce a room block at The St. Regis Toronto for the nights of June 3-4, 2020. Interested parties may register online via the following link or speak to the hotel directly at 416.306.5800 and mention the “Thomson Reuters Room Block – June 2020” (Reference #M-JB8GOGS) for our negotiated rate of $475.00 CAD.
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