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February 11, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Category: Other
Location: Student Center Hilberry A | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

In a world where people are more connected via smartphones and the internet than even before, Americans are also experiencing a record high rate of feeling lonely and isolated. Queer and trans people of color face numerous risk factors for social isolation at home and in their communities. Capitalist systems demand that we prioritize individual production and labor while neglecting our emotional health. Societal norms devalue non-traditional forms of intimacy and connection and further marginalize people who are not members of the dominant sociopolitical group. This leads to increased feelings of loneliness, shame, marginalization, and isolation, particularly in the queer and trans community and for people of color. In this workshop, we will work to name loneliness in our lives and talk through strategies to practice radical vulnerability and combat isolation in our communities. Speaker Bio: Jay Alston (he/him/his) is a queer, gender non-conforming man of color, community health advocate, and non-profit event planner from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who is passionate about applying innovative technology solutions for social good. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Marketing and Sexuality & Gender Studies. Jay's work has centered around building community. He is the founder of speQtrum, the only student group for queer and trans people of color in Delaware. In 2017, he was presented with the Delaware Triangle Award for LGBTQ Activism and Advocacy for his work in organizing queer and trans students of color. He currently works as the Technology and Data Coordinator for the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, a 10,000 person annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center drawing a global audience of transgender people, service providers, families, and allies. In November 2018, Jay was appointed by the City of Philadelphia to the first cohort of the LGBTQ Community Leadership Pipeline, a program aimed at uplifting marginalized queer people in Philadelphia into positions of power in local nonprofit organizations. Despite his focus on public-facing events and activism, Jay identifies as an introvert. Throughout his life, Jay has dealt with feelings of loneliness, isolation and not belonging as a result of his QTPOC identity. He has undertaken the work of healing through intentional community engagement and anti-colonial therapeutic practice.

For more information about this event, please contact LGBT Student Advisory Board at 3135771010 or ft9709@wayne.edu.