Western Regional Speakers Panel

Western Regional Speakers Panel

This semester, we are pleased to present

Finding Identity: An LGBTQ2S+ Conversation on Intersectionality, Mental Health, and Allyship. A moderated Q&A featuring speakers:

Ben O'Keefe, Jack Saddleback, and Tiq Milan

Hosted by Kat Blaque

Date: January 28, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm MST

The Student Life Network is giving away $500 to one student who attends Finding Identity. We're also giving away the chance to attend meet and greets with the speakers! To attend and enter in these contests register through Zoom.

Participant questions are restricted to the Zoom webinar.


Short Bios:

Kat Blaque is a transgender rights activist and runs a YouTube channel focused on social justice issues, particularly around race, gender, the LGBTQ+ community, and feminism.

Tiq Milan has been an advocate in the LGBTQ+ community for over a decade. He is also a writer and consultant who carved a niche for himself as a media advocate and a leading voice for transgender equality.

Jack Saddleback is a Cree Two-Spirit Transgender gay man from the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta; mental health, gender and sexual diversity advocate.

Ben O'Keefe is the definition of a multi-hyphenate, working as an activist, progressive political strategist and public speaker. Ben has been a leading voice in the progressive youth movement and as an activist. At the age of 18 he started a global movement against the clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch's size-based discrimination. He subsequently went on to work with major beauty and fashion brands to help build the body-positivity movement as we know it.


In September of 2020, the UASU presented: A Conversation with Angela Davis, featuring an opening discussion with writer Eternity Martis.

The Western Regional Speakers Panel was developed by six like-minded post-secondary students' unions. This event was created in order to combat the fiscal strains, limitations on gatherings and student concerns about being on campus that have arisen since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We feel that this initiative provides a worthwhile, relevant and unique opportunity to all of our students and we are excited to share it with you.

The Western Regional Speakers Panel is made possible by support from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). To learn more about what RBC can do for you, visit here

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Students' Union Executive and Administrative Offices
Room 2-900
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7