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Community Evening: Eating Disorders and the LGBTQ2S community

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Ryerson University

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Join us for a panel discussion on the intersection of the LGBTQ2S community and eating disorders, during Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

About this Event

The event is graciously co-hosted with the Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change at Ryerson University, and is located at The Catalyst, Ryerson University's Faculty of Communication & Design.

Doors will open at 6:30pm, with the panel starting at 7:00pm. The event will end before 9:00pm.

Our panelists:

Dani is a queer black femme living and writing in Toronto. Her battle with mental health issues, including exercise addiction and disordered eating, began in childhood, and has been impacted by her sexuality as well as by her race. While seeking treatment for her eating disorder, Dani experienced a lack of representation of and consideration for sufferers who were non-white, non-heterosexual, and otherwise marginalized. Her goal is to create both space and conversation.

Amanda is a book and music lover, wife, mom and person. She has 30 years of lived experience with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and post traumatic stress disorder. She has been a part of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric programs and treatment centers as well as community support services such as Sheena's Place. Amanda is committed to her recovery and building a meaningful life despite her mental health challenges. Amanda identifies as a lesbian and lives with her wife and daughter in the suburbs.

Zac is a queer, trans, gender non-binary, white, settler, activist, artist, nerd, social service worker, and academic. Zac currently works at Sheena’s Place, where they started the first support group in the GTA for trans, nonbinary, and gender questioning individuals with eating disorders. Zac is currently working towards their Master of Social Work at Ryerson University, where they are researching the medical experiences of trans individuals with eating disorders.

Elisha is a queer artist and writer with lived experienced of atypical anorexia nervosa and challenges surrounding body image and its correlation to their gender identity. Tonight, they will speak about coming to terms with their body, the construct of gender, and how breaking free from conventional Eating Disorder treatment methodology led them on a journey of empowerment and radical acceptance.

Our facilitator:

Nolan is a queer, trans, and non-binary clinical social worker in Toronto focusing on working with trans and gender diverse folks. They work both at Women’s College Hospital in the Transition-Related Surgeries program and as a private practice psychotherapist. Historically, Nolan worked for NEDIC and Sheena’s Place where they leveraged their lived experience with an eating disorder to help create more inclusive and accessible supports for folks with eating disorders. They are passionate about fostering more dialogue around the unique intersection of eating disorders within queer and trans communities.

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What is Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW)?

Eating Disorders affect people of all genders, ages, classes, abilities, races, and ethnic backgrounds. That is why, from February 1st to 7th every year, Eating Disorder groups across Canada unite to commemorate Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) with a national week of action focused on educating the public about Eating Disorders. It is a time to spread awareness of the impact of Eating Disorders, the dangerous stereotypes and myths, and the supports available for people living with or affected by them.

Recognizing EDAW helps to affirm the experiences of those individuals living with or affected by an Eating Disorder, as well as the millions of Canadians that experience food and weight preoccupation on a daily basis. By helping shed light on an issue that is fraught with stigma and secrecy, we draw attention to the need to support further research, provide better treatment options and enhanced training, engage in greater prevention efforts, acknowledge the need for caregiver support, and stigma-bust in this under-resourced area.

Learn more at https://nedic.ca/edaw/.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Catalyst is located at 80 Gould St - Room RCC-230 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is close to Dundas subway station. For parking information, please visit this link.

Will this event be live streamed?

Yes! Details to come.

Will there be food and drinks at this event?

There will be coffee, tea, and snacks at the event.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email kaxelrod@sheenasplace.org with "EDAW Panel" in your subject line, and we'd be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

About the organizers:

Sheena’s Place is a community mental health charity that supports individuals affected by eating disorders. Sheena’s Place offers a wide range of professionally facilitated groups to individuals (ages 17+) who live with an eating disorder or disordered eating, as well as their family and friends. All programs are free of charge and are based on self-referral. Please visit www.sheenasplace.org for more information. www.sheenasplace.org.

The National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) is the voice for Canadian families, caregivers and individuals who are affected by Eating Disorders and other co-morbid and concurrent diagnoses. NIED helps caregivers, patients and practitioners fill gaps in care through education and by highlighting better practices in prevention, health promotion and treatment. Moreover, NIED works with stakeholders across the country to address the gaps in current services, delays in treatment, lack of pan-Canadian data, and insufficient training for clinicians and healthcare professionals. www.nied.ca.

Body Brave is a national charity dedicated to helping people recover from disordered eating and eating disorders, by providing the best in community treatment as well as breaking down systemic barriers to recovery. www.bodybrave.ca.

The WaterStone Foundation for Eating Disorders has a vision of creating healthy lives free from eating disorders. Our programs target gaps in existing services by supporting new and innovative programs to support individuals in need. We invest donor dollars where the need is greatest and the outcomes are most profound. We work tirelessly with our Board, partners, volunteers and donors to drive progress and target gaps in existing services, by supporting new and innovative programs to help individuals in need. www.waterstonefoundation.ca.

The Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change (FDSC) at Ryerson University is fuelled by an arts-informed and practice-led research approach, collaborating with scholars, designers, and artists to develop trans-media approaches to conduct, analyze and share research on diversity in fashion and its associated creative industries. By bringing together community and research through fashion-centered events, FDSC disseminates academic concepts in real-world, accessible spaces. Learn more.

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