Event concluded on Wednesday July 29.

Check out the recording of this inter-generational panel event, where speakers presented their lived experience on topics from pride, outness, social isolation, HIV, gender, and what it is like to be a queer person today. Moderated by AJ, and featuring the incredible, diverse panelists; Berend McKenzie, Steven Hall, Christopher Moore and Laxinder! The deep and thoughtful discussion recorded contains a wealth of perspective and is not one to miss out on!

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A.J. Lowik (they/them/theirs) is a PhD Candidate with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC, where they study trans people’s reproductive lives, health and decision-making. They are the Gender Equity Advisor for the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity, and a graduate academic assistant with the BC Centre on Substance Use.

A.J. is a queer liberationist, who loves cats, yoga and knitting,

Berend McKenzie

Berend McKenzie is an award-winning Edmonton based playwright, actor and activist. Berend’s short story Hockey Night in Canada will be published in an AIDS anthology published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2020 and is currently turning the piece into a web series.

Steven Hall
Steven Hall is a citizen of the Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation with patrilineal ties to the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nation, and self-identifies as gnmdi (pronounced gah-num-dee), meaning two-spirit/gay in his language. Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts and majored in Indigenous studies.

Christopher Moore

Christopher is an out and vocal queer activist having come out into the lesbian feminist movement as a masculine presenting trans person. Christopher is supporting founder of Kootenay Pride in 1996, the Gender Outlaws peer support group, and Trans Connect, the first rural Trans health network in Canada.


Laxinder (Laxu/ Sunny for short) came to Canada in 2018 to complete a master’s degree to create a better personal and professional life for himself. Laxu brings his values of empathy, collaboration, accountability and proactiveness to his role as a volunteer with HIM where he contributes to improving the lives of the queer community.