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Community cultural events help bridge cultures and build strong communities through the arts, featuring visual and performing arts, and encouraging public engagement.

lgbt Q+A
Wednesday July 28, 2021


Maybe you have questions that you’re not sure how to ask. Maybe you don’t know any queer or trans people, or you do, but you’re not quite sure how to connect with them. Are you looking to learn more about the 2SLGBTQ+ community? Do you have questions about gender and sexuality? North Van Arts is here for you!

 This virtual event will be an engaging Q+A with three of North Van Arts staff who are queer and/or trans: Leo Dittmer, Joyelle Goldbar, and Andy Warner (bios below). Participants will be able to gain knowledge, listen to stories, and submit questions to our moderator as the panel discusses “the basics”. 

While one hour cannot answer all the questions, this event will aim to share as much information as possible on the basic concepts of gender and sexuality. We will unpack the 2SLGBTQ+ umbrella and the many unique experiences within its community. We are committed to continue the conversation in future episodes!

This webinar will be held on zoom. Please share your email, name, and questions for our panel below.



Andy Warner

Andy Warner

Andy is the Social Engagement Manager for North Van Arts. She is a transgender woman who also identifies as non-binary and queer. Having grown up here on the North Shore, her lived experience informs her work as an artist and an arts administrator. After becoming the youngest poet to win a provincial and national spoken word poetry championship in the same year (2014), Andy has published four collections of poetry, toured in 25+ cities, graduated college at 19, and created theirfirst cinematic poem, Mangoes, on Button Poetry, the world’s largest online channel for spoken word.

Leo Dittmer

Leo Dittmer

Leo is currently working with North Van Arts through the Canada Summer Jobs Program as the Culture Compass Assistant. He is a white settler originally from the prairies of Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 territory and homelands of the Metis, Blackfoot, and Plains Cree Peoples. Leo is bisexual and transmasculine, and utilizes his experience living outside the gender binary as a critical lens to explore other aspects of his life. Leo is currently finishing his Bachelors in Human Geography at Simon Fraser University, after which he hopes to continue studying and working at the intersection of place and art. Also an amateur artist, Leo enjoys exploring new mediums to express ideas around identity and how it’s shaped geographically.

Joyelle Goldbard

Joyelle Goldbard

A modern-day Renaissance woman, Joyelle has created an album of original music, written multiple books for children and adults, and performed as a poet, musician, and speaker. Her combined education in Vocal Jazz, Gender Studies, and teaching has informed a career where the creative arts are used to inspire personal healing and social justice. Joyelle currently works both in the arts and in trauma recovery, helping families break inter-generational cycles of abuse. Joyelle’s next children’s book Princess Monsters from 1 to 10 will be launching Fall 2020 with Three Ocean Press.