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Under the Rainbow screening, Richmond, Jan. 28

Please join us on Wednesday, January 28th for an evening of film and discussion in Richmond (7700 Minoru Gate). Doors open at 6pm. Space is limited, so please RSVP to communityservices@richmond.ca

Some information about the evening:

TransitionsPosterUnder the Rainbow is a short documentary featuring Shawnee Gaffney, a queer high school student facing family rejection, hunger, and homelessness. After being thrown out of home, she finds herself couch-surfing with strangers and living a life of daily insecurity and vulnerability. It is through Shawnee’s story of resilience, combined with insights from service providers and researchers, that we learn of the many root causes that contribute to the high incidence of poverty in queer and trans communities in BC. An inspiring film that provides hope for the future.

Gwen Haworth made the documentary She’s a Boy I Knew as a thesis project, for her Master of Fine Arts at UBC.  The resulting auto-ethnography is not only an exploration into the filmmakers process of transition from biological male to female, but also an emotionally charged account of what Gwen and those close to her experienced during her transition. The film has played internationally at over 100 film festivals and continues to be used in post-secondary curriculum at institutions across North America.

Both Shawnee and Gwen will be participating in the Speakers Panel following the screening, and will be accompanied by Aaron Munro. Aaron is RainCity Housing and Support Society’s Community Development Manager, and has worked in the DTES for the past decade. He is Queer and Trans identified and is currently working to open a Housing First program for LGBTQ2S* youth in Metro Vancouver.

Co-hosted by Richmond Poverty Response Committee, Richmond City Council and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition.