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The free online talk will feature three panelists who have long been leaders in the community

May 27, 2022
Arts & Culture
Media Release

Surrey, BC – Surrey Archives will host a panel discussion focusing on LGBTQ2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Two-Spirit) history in Surrey.

The free online talk, to be held June 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. via Microsoft Teams, will feature three panelists who have long been leaders in the community, including Martin Rooney (Surrey Pride), Alex Sangha (Sher Vancouver), and Dr. Jennifer Marchbank (Simon Fraser University, Surrey Pride, Youth 4 A Change).

The panelists will share stories related to their personal experiences and that of their respective organizations. Historic LGBTQ2S+ milestones and advocacy efforts both past and present in Surrey will be explored, including discussions on how race, religion, and gender influence individual experiences in the community.

“Individuals from the LGBTQ2S+ community have likely always been a part of Surrey’s story. However, they are underrepresented in the historical record due to stigma surrounding discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity,” said panelist Dr. Marchbank.  “Hosting an event focused on Surrey’s LGBTQ2S+ past helps to bring that history to light.”

As with all Surrey Archives events, audience participation is strongly encouraged. During the panel discussion, audience members are invited to ask questions and learn directly from prominent leaders in Surrey’s LGBTQ2S+ community. This session will be recorded.

For more information, or to register for this talk hosted through Microsoft Teams call 604-501-5100 or Follow us on Facebook at @HeritageSurreyBC.