CAN! Episode 3 “Substance Abuse in Queer Communities: Structural Oppression and Cultures of Intoxication” spotlights a relatively taboo topic as respectfully as possible. Interviews with queer scholars, activists, and writers are complemented by local and international music and poetry.
Shaun Bartone, a transgendered scholar and community activist, provides insight into the way our society teaches queer people to repress themselves. He also discusses his own experience with gay bars, and offers Braveheart Counseling as an addictions treatment option for queer people in the Fredericton area. Queer writer Kayla Geitzler introduces local safe spaces where queer people can socialize outside of the club scene.
Feminist and queer activist Kaley Kennedy explores the topic from a community accountability framework, and speaks to the need for sober spaces in our communities and social movements. Artistic pieces by Fredericton locals Ken Spragg, Sandra Zelazny, and Lily Pretty Bird Claire are featured as well.