Are you a gay, bi, trans, Two-Spirit, or queer (GBT2Q) creator passionate about queer, trans, and Two-Spirit health? Want a paid opportunity to learn, create content, and share it with others? If so, it sounds like the Summit Creators Project is the right fit for you!
What is the Summit Creators Project?
Each year, Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) hosts a national Summit on GBT2Q health, where healthcare providers, community-based organizations, and community advocates come together to engage with the most innovative and exciting GBT2Q health research, programs, and initiatives happening across Canada.
For Summit 2021 (October 27-29), we are looking for GBT2Q content creators to attend at least two online Summit sessions and create a piece of content directly influenced by what they’ve learned. This content will then be shared widely online by Advance Alliance and our partners. So, if you’re a creator who’s passionate about supporting GBT2Q health and interested in a paid opportunity to expand your knowledge and develop creative content for our communities, read on for details on how to apply.
What do we mean “creators” and “content”?
We encourage all GBT2Q content creators who are interested to apply for this opportunity. However, in addressing racial inequities that are often present within GBT2Q health and art spaces, we are prioritizing creators who are Indigenous, Black or a person of colour (IBPOC) – as well as creators living with disabilities – for this opportunity.
Examples of eligible creators include artists (i.e. photographers, poets, illustrators, drag performers) and social media content creators (i.e. YouTubers, TikTok-ers, Instagram influencers). We welcome new and seasoned creators alike.
Eligible content can include anything directly influenced by the Summit session(s) you attend, as long as it can be shared online. This could include a physical piece of art (which we’d photograph for online sharing), digital art (i.e. graphics or illustrations), a song, a drag performance, or a video recap sharing your reflections on the Summit.
What are we asking you to do?
- Attend one online orientation session on Friday, October 22, 2021
- Pick your top three Summit sessions from a list provided
- Attend at least two online Summit sessions (taking place October 27-29, 2021)
- Create a piece of content directly influenced by the session you attended (to be shared alongside an interview with you via the social media channels of Advance Alliance and its partners) [to be completed by December 6 and shared online by mid-January]
- Participate in one debrief/evaluation session [mid-to-late January]
What will you receive for your contributions?
- Compensation: All Summit 2021 creators will receive a $250 honorarium in recognition of their time, talent, and efforts.
- Expense reimbursement: Summit 2021 creators will be reimbursed up to $250 to cover content creation costs (i.e. canvas for painters, honoraria for models/performers). Expenses must be pre-approved and receipts will be required for reimbursement.
- Exposure: Advance Alliance and its partners will promote Summit 2021 creator content via social media channels across the country.
Support: You’ll have direct support from a staff member of an Advance Alliance organization in your region to help you through each step of the process.
How do I apply?
Complete the application form at the link below by October 8th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed by a committee and applicants informed of selections on or before Friday, October 15th 2021.
What if I have a question?
If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the project or application process, please feel free to contact Jaydee Cossar, Advance National Coordinator at [email protected].
More about Summit 2021
The theme for this year’s Summit is Disrupt and Reconstruct. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused huge disruptions and innovations, alongside significant loss, preventable death and increased criminalization. Measures previously thought impossible – large-scale income supports, stay-at-home orders, restrictions on travel – were swiftly implemented. Now, as vaccination rates rise and cases fall across Canada, a growing sense of optimism is emerging about a “return to normal.” Yet reactions range as restrictions ease, depending on what our lives looked like before and during the pandemic.
For many GBT2Q people, that reclamation of the status quo does not inspire hope. We’ve spent decades pushing back against a so-called “universal” health care system that has often failed our communities – even more so for those of us impacted by systemic and intersecting oppression based on race, income, ability and more. The pandemic, in many ways, amplified the injustices and inequities embedded within our systems and society. Rather than a “return to normal,” we must leverage the disruption caused by COVID-19 to re-imagine a system that addresses the gaps in care that existed before the pandemic and were heightened during it.
For more information, please visit cbrc.net/summit_2021.