In response to increasing hate crimes targeting 2SLGBTQ+ communities, The 519 held a panel discussion featuring drag artists and community leaders. With the increased risk of violence threatening neighbourhoods, schools, cities, and communities, Enough is Enough was an open forum discussion on strategies to ensure safety.
Niko Stratis — Moderator
Niko Stratis is a culture writer based in Toronto by way of the Yukon. You may recognize her from her essay; Jackass Made Me The Trans Woman I Am, her writing in Xtra, Spin Magazine, Autostraddle, or her newsletter, Anxiety Shark.
Fae Johnstone — Panelist
Fae Johnstone is a leading voice on 2SLGBTQ+ issues in Canada, a Master of Social Work, and Executive Director of Wisdom2Action.
Makayla Couture — Panelist
Makayla Couture is one of Canada’s most celebrated drag queens who competed on OutTV’s Call Me Mother and appeared on an episode of Canada’s Drag Race. You’ll also see her in local venues and on tour turning looks, stunting pretty, and dancing the house down.
Heath V. Salazar — Panelist
Heath V. Salazar has a fantastic body of work in theatre and film and a sickening body-ody-ody of work as drag performer Gay Jesus. CBC Arts called them “a prolific trans artist,” and the Inspire Awards nominated them for LGBTQ+ Person of the Year.
Syrus Marcus Ware — Panelist
Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, educator, and collector of fire memes. A co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada, and a part of the Performance Disability Art Collective, Syrus uses painting, installation, and performance to explore social justice frameworks and Black activist culture.