• Kwantlen Polytechnic University (map)
  • 12666 72 Avenue
  • Surrey, BC, V3W 2M8
  • Canada

On behalf of KDocs Community Outreach, we are pleased to invite you to a Pride Week screening of the CBC documentaries, How We Got Gay and Transforming Gender. Moderated by Brandy Svendson (Be the Change), this event will feature a keynote from Gerald Walton (Educational Studies) combined with panel and townhall discussions following the films. The panel will consist of faculty, students, and community activists. Many thanks to our sponsor, KPIRG.

When: Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:00-9:00pm

Where: Surrey campus, Fir 128 Theatre

Special Guests: Gerald Walton, Activist & author of The Gay Agenda and Brandy Svendson, HIV/AIDS Advocate

Panelists: Ryot Jey, Pride Kwantlen; Tara Lyons, Criminology faculty member; Kari Michaels, KSA representative & WOOW co-founder; and Gerald Walton, Activist & author of The Gay Agenda

Cost: FREE and open to everyone, but seating is limited (doors will open at 5:30pm for refreshments)

Hosts: ENGL 4300 practicum students, in partnership with the KDocs Community Outreach program

Social Media: @KDocsFF  #KDocsOutreach

Sponsor: KPIRG



Director of Anti-Oppression with the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group, and the Queer Students Representative with the Kwantlen Student Association, Ryot “R” Jey is a queer and trans masculine person of colour. While he is an aspiring filmmaker and slam poet, Ryot studies Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Gerald Walton, a third-generation Canadian settler, is a professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University and sessional instructor at KPU. His scholarship and teaching are informed by social justice principles, especially those that identify whiteness and other forms of social privilege. Surviving years of bullying during his youth and 'ex-gay' Christian ministries during his 20s, Gerald knows first-hand how privilege and oppression operate in collective ways, while also in micro-moments that can be difficult to see. His activism within and outside of academia is based on the fact that privilege and oppression shape people's lives in real ways.

Tara Lyons, PhD, is a Faculty member in the Department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and a Research Scientist with the Gender & Sexual Health Initiative at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Dr. Lyons’ research explores the relationships between health, gender, sexuality, and the criminalization of sex work and drug use. She is currently leading research projects on experiences of queer and trans persons in drug use and sex work environments

Kari Michaels is a student at Kwantlen studying philosophy. She co-founded the kick-ass feminist club (WOOW: Women Organizing Opportunities for Women) to smash patriarchy and provide leadership and mentorship opportunities for women on campus.  She was an elected member of the University’s Senate for four years. Kari holds a full-time job as Records Coordinator and Advocate for the Kwantlen Student Association.



Since graduating with a Cultural Anthropology degree from Simon Fraser University, Brandy Svendson has worked locally and globally managing several diverse projects. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, specializing in youth and harm reduction. In 2007, she managed the Canadian African Partnership project promoting women’s education, empowerment, and sexual self-esteem through training, employment, and the provision of micro-loans in remote communities in Malawi. In 2009, Brandy founded Does HIV Look Like Me? International, a non-profit organization that works globally to reduce the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. The organization has produced Does HIV Look Like Me? campaigns in Swaziland, Mexico, the United States, and South Africa. She is currently the CEO and Co-founder of Be the Change Group Inc., a global population and public health consulting firm that offers academic, technical, and creative services.