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Queer grads make their mark in the world

Five out-and-proud LGBTQ alumni open up on how their university experience shaped their lives and careers
February 11, 2019
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By Damon van der Linde

Concordia’s LGBTQ alumni work in diverse sectors, from government to business, the arts to academia and beyond. The following five graduates share how being part of the LGBTQ community — and Concordia — has influenced their life and work. 

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Out in the world

Maureen Bradley, BA 90, MA 95

Maureen Bradley, BA 90, MA 95

Filmmaker Maureen Bradley’s We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Fabulous documented the 1990 Montreal police raid on the Sex Garage loft party, widely considered to be “Montreal’s Stonewall,” a turning point for LGBTQ rights in Quebec.

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Elie Chivi, BA 09

Elie Chivi, BA 09

Among his other student activities at Concordia, Elie Chivi served as VP of Communications for the Concordia Student Union in 2008-09.

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Chase Ross, BA 14, MA 18

Chase Ross, BA 14, MA 18

Chase Ross is a trans activist and YouTube contributor who regularly speaks at universities and LGBTQ community centres.

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Arshad Khan, BFA 12

Arshad Khan, BFA 12

Arshad Khan’s 2017 autobiographical documentary Abu depicts his experiences after he came out to his Pakistani-Muslim family.

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Melissa-Ann Ledo, BFA 06, MA 17

Melissa-Ann Ledo, BFA 06, MA 17

Melissa-Ann Ledo organizes the Rainbow Story Hour at Montreal’s Librairie Drawn & Quarterly.

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27,000 queer memories — and counting

Queering the Map

Queering the Map, an online project from Concordia Department of Design and Computation Arts student Lucas LaRochelle, is giving queer voices worldwide a safe place to record their stories.

The project, which began as an artist residency in the Fine Arts Reading Room, invites internet users to contribute queer memories to an interactive map, linking them to a real geographic location.

Visit queeringthemap.com.

Find out more: A digital project crowdsources 27,000 queer memories from around the globe



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