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The inroads Queer Abortions Festival was held from 30 March to 7 April 2022 over a total of 5 sessions. Sessions were conducted in English and Spanish, ranging from 1.5 to 3 hours.
The festival aimed to celebrate and bust the stigma of the lived experiences, intricacies, questions, and reflections surrounding queer abortions through various collaborative activities such as open learning spaces, zine-making, shared dialogue, and collective reflection.
All sessions were designed and run with a participatory, relationship-building, and mutual learning focus, where facilitators guided participants through activities, conversations, movement, and creative tasks centered around queer abortion stigma-busting and celebration.
The sessions were:
inroads staff worked with all member facilitators to conceptualize, plan, and design their workshop sessions.
On the intersection of queer liberation and reproductive justice:
On tenderness, embodiment, and wise compassion:
On the history of zines in queer liberation and stigma-busting:
Each session of the workshop focused on building co-created spaces of learning between member facilitators and participants. As such, a participatory approach is embedded within the workshop materials, in order to encourage active learning and a diversity of responses.
We are including workbooks of the workshop materials in English, French, and Spanish to facilitate broader learning opportunities for your organization and/or abortion stigma-busting community.
Download Part 1 of the inroads Queer Abortions Festival workbook here in English, Spanish, and French.
Download Part 2 of the inroads Queer Abortions Festival workbook here in English, Spanish, and French.
Download the “Queer Introduction to Zine-Making” workbook in English and Spanish here.
Reflections from Festival participants:
“As a queer person who has had an abortion, an activist, and a support provider, this felt relevant and wonderful to me in ALL of my roles and experiences in the abortion and reproductive justice world.” Zachi Brewster
“I appreciated the opportunity to connect with folks doing work related to mine, and people who share similar experiences/challenges with me in this work. The shared experiences were validating and soul-restoring.” Dani Behonick
“Folks used language that was inclusive and I personally felt welcomed and valued in the space.” Quinter Obiero