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We Need to Talk About This: Our first-ever national talk series

This fall we will be launching WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS, our new national talk series!

Watch this space to learn more about This Magazine events in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal, and Toronto. Each city will feature a different topic ranging from mental health to LGBTQ issues and include a diverse range of speakers.

We can’t wait to visit your city!


TORONTO: September 27, 2018 @ 7 p.m., Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church Street)
We Need to Talk About This: LGBTQ issues
The Big Question: “In what ways are LGBTQ communities experiencing violence today, and how are we working to fix it?”

Featuring Farrah Khan, RM Vaughan, and Alex Verman
Purchase tickets • RSVP on Facebook

Meet the speakers:

Farrah Khan has spent two decades raising awareness about the intersections of gender-based violence and equity through education, counselling and advocacy. She is Manger of Consent Comes First, co-founder of femifesto and host of the upcoming podcast Pleasure Principle. Her self care activities this week is reading Babysitter’s Club books, button making, and watching red panda videos.

RM Vaughan is a Canadian writer based in Toronto. Originally from Saint John, Vaughan holds an MA in English from the University of New Brunswick. He is the author of 11 books and hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines. Vaughan’s latest book, Bright Eyed: Insomnia and its Cultures (Coach House Books) was critically acclaimed in Canada and the U.S. and has been translated into Korean. Vaughan is a contributing editor to This Magazine.

Alex Verman is a writer and communist who lives and works in Treaty 13 territory currently occupied by the city of Toronto. Alex writes about the politics of identity and narrative, particularly focusing on issues of representation and exploitation. Alex’s work ranges from reported stories to personal essays, and has appeared in publications like This Magazine, Briarpatch, Canadaland, them., and Teen Vogue.

Thank you to the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support of this project.