Marvellous Grounds: Queer of Colour Imaginaries of the Toronto Gay Village

Marvellous Grounds: Queer of Colour Imaginaries of the Toronto Gay Village

Funder: SSHRC Insight Development Grant

PI: Dr. Jin Haritaworn

Toronto/Three Fires Territory has long been a place that people move to in order to join queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of colour (QTBIPOC) communities. Yet the city’s rich history of antiracist and anti-colonial queer and trans activism remains largely unwritten and unarchived. While QTBIPOC have a long and visible presence in the city, they always appear as newcomers in queer urban maps and archives in which white queers appear as the only historical subjects imaginable.

Marvellous Grounds is a book and web-based project that seeks to document and create space to vision the ways that QTBIPOC (queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of colour) create communities, innovate projects and foster connections within Toronto/Three Fires Territories and beyond. This collection brings together art, writing and research that engages with space making and is in the service of community building. The Marvelous Grounds team consists of five FES and York faculty, grad students and graduates, including Professor Jin Haritaworn, Syrus Marcus Ware, Ghaida Moussa, Alvis Choi and Rio Rodriguez.

Visit the Marvellous Grounds project website

Publications:

Marvellous Grounds: Queer of Colour Histories of Toronto book (2018) Edited by Jin Haritaworn, Ghaida Moussa, and Syrus Marcus Ware

Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto book (2018) Edited by Jin Haritaworn, Ghaida Moussa, and Syrus Marcus Ware, with Río Rodríguez