CategorySocial Justice

An Invitation to Experience Things As They Are in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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“Tranquillity in Disturbance Means Perfection”Chuang Tzu Since most of Canada went into “lockdown” in the middle of March, we have been witnessing the greatest disruption to society in the 21st-century. Everything has been called into question: economic stability; capitalism; populism; human rights; basic human freedoms; climate...

Seizures, Tears, and Chasing Thieves: Getting Certainty In Overwhelming Times

Seizures, Tears, and Chasing Thieves - Getting Certainty In Overwhelming Times

COVID-19 reveals how some things change while others become more apparent In this episode, I share a few stories about two incidents that I’ve been a part of over the last few weeks that have had a profound impact on my understanding and observations of human behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. The biggest challenge lately has been what some...

Canadian Gay Conversion Therapy Survivor, Matt Ashcroft

Canadian Gay Conversion Therapy Survivor, Matt Ashcroft

A Think Queerly Leadership Interview — TQ123 “Conversion therapy is the false belief that diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or gender expressions are illnesses that can be cured through “treatment”. This backwards belief is an abusive and harmful practice that preys on the LGBTQ2+ community, and in particular LGBTQ2+ children...

A Novel Pandemic — How a Virus Could Unite Humanity

A Novel Pandemic How a Virus Could Unite Humanity

Thinking queerly about social evolution as a result of a crisis. I’m seeing hints of the possibility that the COVID-19 pandemic could become an exceptional social experiment, one that could have political ramifications — a kind of socialism-light — one that exposes the damaging problem of aggressive capitalism (the impossibility of sustained...

How Can We Avoid Creating the Very Thing We Are Fighting Against?

Avoid Creating the Thing We Are Fighting Against

It’s relatively easy to be a prolific writer or podcaster if you keep your topics general, or if you’re always on the defensive and speak to polarizing subjects. But when it comes to a thoughtful response, one that comes from a place of perfect equanimity, such wisdom is rare because of the required emotional labour and humility.  How...

When Prejudice is a Drag Queen: The Loss of a Transgressive Art Form

When Prejudice is a Drag Queen -The Loss of a Transgressive Art Form

How is drag representative of our queer community? Is it acceptable for a drag queen to make jokes that are racist or transphobic?Old school drag needs to change with the times and learn how to express our more inclusive values as a community.Has drag lost its transgressive nature now that it has become an acceptable capitalist enterprise?Social...

How We Treat Each Other As Queer Leaders

How We Treat Each Other As Queer Leaders

Th-Ink Queerly was founded with a mission statement that informs the ethics of the publication and to create alignment with those who wish to contribute to its evolution. One of the most important directives of the Th-Ink Queerly mission statement is that we  as queer thinkers and writers are purposefully critical of the status quo. At the same...

Inspiration Comes from Within But Support Comes from Other Minds

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An invitation to ‘play’ in my Queer Creatives Mastermind Program A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled, Why the World Needs Queer Creativity Now More Than Ever. I started that post with a quote, which is worth repeating: “If you are on a mission to discover what you have to offer, and to bring it out into the world, every moment...

Queer Liberation vs Assimilation: On the Need for Creativity and Critical Thinking

Queer Liberation vs Assimilation: On the Need for Creativity and Critical Thinking

I created Think Queerly to challenge the status quo and to elevate visibility As a gay man and as a queer person, I do not want to be normalized. Instead, I want to be recognized and accepted for my difference as a humanizing quality. To that end, I want to state that my podcast and publication of the same name, Think Queerly, will not stand...

Why the World Needs Queer Creativity Now More Than Ever

Why the World Needs Queer Creativity Now More Than Ever

One of the reasons that so many LGBT people are at the forefront of creativity is because we see things differently; we have seen the world through the lens of the oppressor. As soon as we begin to self-actualize and challenge societal norms through creative expression, we are interpreting and/or beautifying that which has restricted our ability...

Darren is a leadership coach in Toronto, Canada who helps his clients to connect and embrace their uniqueness and freely create the life they want. He writes and podcasts regularly about Queer Leadership.