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YU Event / #MyQueerCity Workshop
February 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
As part of the Young Urbanists Small Grants Scheme, the ‘The Inclusive City: an LGBTQ+ perspective’ project, from YU member Mariangela Veronesi, aims to specifically address the lack of inclusion of gender and sexual minorities in considering how we plan and envision our cities; and the lack of active voices from LGBTQ+ communities in urban placemaking.
This project will include several activities. First of all, we will be collecting ideas through social media through the hashtag #MyQueerCity on what a city that responds to the hopes, dreams, needs and aspirations of LGBTQ+ people would involve and look like.
This will be followed by a #MyQueerCity workshop to keep exploring what makes a city adequate for gender and sexual minorities, whilst also taking an intersectional approach to include links with other identities (race, disability, faith, and more) in order to shape a truly inclusive city. We will be discussing themes such as housing, public spaces and infrastructure, facilities and services…. and anything else the participants identify important in imagining their Queer City. The workshop will also help us reflect on these ideas, where they originate from, and whether they differ from ‘mainstream’ urban ideals.
The findings from this workshop will then be transformed into a Visual Manifesto and presented publicly in March (Saturday 25th), along with a discussion on what this has taught us about including minorities in planning and city making.