Queer McGill Winter 2021 Zine

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A COLLECTION OF RESOURCES, ART, AND UPDATES FROM QUEER MCGILL #432/402 3600 Mc Tavish St, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0E7 events.qm@ssmu.ca resource.qm@ssmu.ca


Queer McGill is a SSMU service dedicated to providing support to queer individuals at McGill and in the wider community through events, resourves, our office, and many other avenues. QM functions from a anti-oppressive and intersectional feminist orientation.

About this zine edition!

This zine contains a collection of writing by our members, as well as our recommendations for resources in quarantine, a movie list, and our gender-affirming product descriptions. There is also an event calendar for the Fall semester, and information on how to stay connected with QM.

Contact information!

Our office for the 2020/21 year is located in the SSMU Building, at the following address: #432/402 3600 Mc Tavish St, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0E7, though it is closed due to covid. You can reach us by email at events.qm@ssmu.ca, resource.qm@ssmu.ca, on Facebook @Queer McGill, or on our website queermcgill.org.

CONTRIBUTORS Edited by Grey Cooper and Jordan Elbualy, QM Events Coordinators Resources compiled by Natan Shaviv, QM Resource Coordinator

Art by:

Grey Cooper Jordan Elbualy Avery Haley-Lock Louis Piette VC Renaud

DSMV by Louis Piette

We’re sick in the head. Unapologetically so. Sick; cold sweat, fever, Sick in the way I see myself in the mirror. Sick to the core of my bones because I decided to love myself.

Transsexualism, A word invented by a white man in a White coat. A condition, the man said, A false belief in a sick brain, Like cancer for your gender. He ties you to a hospital bed because You decided to love yourself.

Fuck the DSM-V Fuck the policies On being and becoming Fuck the time spent Trying to learn how to be For God’s sake Can I just love myself free

Avery Haley-Lock

vc Renaud

salt&cement, Jordan Elbualy

The grass has been cut recently, and the early morning humidity draws a smell from the ground that rests heavy in my nose, at once fresh and suffocating. I pass a canal and the grass is overwhelmed by the low-tide stench of fish and the algae that clings to the seawall. This, above all else, is what reminds me of water. Not the clean and sharp saltiness of a beach, or the roar of a tumbling river, but the oppressive, dark green smell of bait cages and fish guts. As a child, I would watch, awestruck, as my father, godlike, stripped skin and bones from meat, washing bloody guts into the canal below. A southern gothic in miniature.

Poem to the QM office, written pre quaratine. Grey C. Cardamom and vanilla, cloves and warmth and wear Paprika and cumin and diced onion Lemon and bitterness and apples Herringbone to clouds to plaster walls Laughter and alarms and a clicking kettle, whirring through the years Honey and damask and espresso Nails to lights to the moon in the sky with stars bold as a daydream, soft as hands on a winter night, as jazz through walls and honeycombed light, as golden numbers and pin sharp coats, left to wait Cozy and warm And utterly safe Content to wait another minute With the world half halted in music, For once patient to resume

Bricktop, Grey Cooepr

MOVIE LIST Moonlight (2016)

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young Black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. This movie is intense, and sometimes dark though with a hopeful message.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

A gender-queer punk-rock singer from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs. Lots of sexual thematic content, and one scene contains strobe effects.

MOVIE LIST My Own Private Idaho (1991)

A loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V plays, this surreal adventure drama follows two fellow sex workers Mikey and Scott on their journey to find Mike’s mother. This is a very emotionally intense film for sure.

Y tu mama tambien (2001)

Two teenage boys from different backgrounds embark on a road trip with an older woman and together discover new insights about their sexuality and relationships. Set against a backdrop of political and economic upheavals in Mexico during the end of a decades long singleparty regime and the rise of a new opposition, this coming-of-age story handles complex themes with drama, humor, and beautiful cinematography. There is an incredible amount of sex in this movie, graphically depicted. There is some use of homophobic language.

MOVIE LIST Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

A period piece, taking place in France at the end of the 18th century. Marianne is commissioned to paint a portrait of a young aristocrat, HĂŠloĂŻse, for her upcoming marriage. Secluded on an island, the two build a secret but passionate relationship together.

Mishima (1985)

Ambitious, highly stylized drama about Japan's most controversial post-WWII author, playwright, actor, director, and militarist, Yukio Mishima, whose passion to merge life and art led to his ritualistic suicide in 1970. Scene's of Mishima's life are contrasted with vivid dramatizations of key fictional works that grappled with his emotional crises.

MOVIE LIST But I'm A Cheerleader (2000)

An over-the-top, satirical romantic comedy about an All-American teenage girl who is sent to conversion therapy camp and finds love. Meghan is a high-school cheerleader in a less than satisfying relationship with her boyfriend. Her parents, fearing for her heterosexuality, send her to a conversion camp. Their plan backfires spectacularly however when Meghan meets Graham, a self-assured and rebellious outcast. A highly ridiculous and campy movie, that also manages to explore the social construction of gender and heteronormativity. Some homophobic language.

*Descriptions adapted from the Criterion Channel website, Wikipedia and IMDb.

PRODUCT GUIDE About The Product Guide

Our gender affirming products are running by a mail order system, with discrete packaging. You can request supplies through this form: https://forms.gle/FXSk6UVVAmg3HRtC9 Please expect a delay, as we have to go to our office building and then mail the supplies.


resource questions please reach out to resources.qm@ssmu.ca

Half and Full Tank Binders

In a wide selection of sizes (XS - 5XL) and three color options (white, grey, black), our binders come from gc2b, a well known and high-quality binder provider!

PRODUCT GUIDE Bikini and Lace Gaffs

Ranging from S - XL, with the bikini in black and beige and the lace in red, white, and black, these gaffs help with tight and secure tucking.

Packers and Packing Pouch

Small and Medium packers, along with a black packing pouch to wear it in. Unfortunately colors are limited to “vanilla” at the moment, we'll post updates if that changes!!

The Small, 2.75” by 1.25” The Medium, 5.25” by 1.3”


Stand-to-pees in four colors - “vanilla, caramel, chocolate, olive”


Medical-grade silicone menstrual cups, in two sizes. See website for sizing https://www.mooncup.co.uk/buy-the-mooncup/


Small, Medium, Large, and Overnight organic cotton pads in a variety of colors. See website for sizing https://partypantspads.com/collections/pads.

Breast Forms

A brand new and exciting addition to our catalogue is breast forms! These come in a case-by case sizing system, so if you have any questions please reach out! .

SEMESTER CALENDAR! We have two major events a month! More details will be released closer to each event, and collaboration events will appear later. January: Zine Launch and Open Mic: 29th

February: Palentine's Gay: 12th Drag and Burlesque online hangout: 25th

March: Spring Scavenger Hunt: 12th End of Year Party: 27th

Weekly (alternating): Gaymes Nights: Wednesdays 6:30 Movie Nights: Wednesdays 6:30

Breakfasts: Every other week, Tuesdays 9am, starting from 26th Jan

THANK YOU! We hope you've enjoyed this zine! To stay connected with QM during the semester, come to one of our events and join our groups, linked below! To attend an event, you must be in the Social Distancing Group, or message us for the link beforehand.

Art Share Group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/2875189 79116455

Social Distancing Group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/2719879 811444676/?__tn__=HH-R

THANK YOU! Active Working and Social Groups: Trans* Working Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2342 13041161965

QTBIPOC Working Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1459 014180851045

Bisexual Working Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3684 69947669621

Book Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2656 84947487401

Grad Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/QMP ostGrads

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