Queer Autistic Anti-Racism Consultant Job Description
Estimated start date: April 2021, 10 hour commitment with honorarium
QMUNITY is BC’s Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Resource Centre which exists to improve queer, trans and Two-Spirit lives. QMUNITY operates on the occupied, ancestral and unceded territories of Indigenous people across British Columbia. In particular, QMUNITY offices are located on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Autistic Queer Peers is peer support group for autistic queer and trans people to be able to make friends and have discussions in a low-social-pressure, semi-structured, and lightly-moderated environment. The group aims to facilitate a space for community and connection for autistic queer and trans people.
People who are questioning are welcome. That includes all questioning folks, including people who are autistic and questioning whether or not they are queer or trans and people who are queer or trans and questioning whether or not they are autistic.
All diagnoses are welcome, including formally diagnosed, self-diagnosed, and questioning. We recognize the financial barriers of diagnosis and do not require a diagnosis for participation or assign people value based on diagnosis status. We welcome folks with varying levels of support needs. This is an adult group for people 18+.
- Do preparation work for the following tasks:We assume that there will be an equal amount of time spent by the consultant thinking, planning, and preparing. (5 hours)
- Coach our volunteer facilitators on how to identify and address active and benign racism within a peer group meeting (2 hours)
- Meet with the coordinating facilitator for 1 hour to discuss and plan one meeting in which the intersections of race, autism, and queer identity can be safely discussed (1 hour). The goal of meeting is two-fold: A) create a space for BIPOC autistic queers to talk about their experiences and not be spoken over while, B) allowing white people to listen and relate only if it is comfortable for the BIPOC participants (education of white people is not an active goal: if they learn in the process of listening, then that would be great but their education is not to be prioritized over the BIPOC members of the group. The meeting could certainly be BIPOC only if that were the recommendation of the consultant).
- Lead and facilitate the meeting in which race, autism and queerness are discussed (1.5 hours + 0.5 hour debrief with facilitators afterwards for some takeaways)
This is a volunteering position with an honorarium; volunteers must:
- Identify as Autistic, Queer, and a Person of Colour
- Be 19 years of age or over
- Have a strong knowledge of anti-oppressive frameworks and inclusive language
- Experience working or volunteering within 2SLGBTQIA+ communities
Honorarium: $400 ($40/h)
This Honorarium is negotiable. We are in a learning curve for compensation for lived experience consulting work, and are open to feedback on this subject as well as the time we have estimated this work will require.
QMUNITY volunteers are put in a position of trust and responsibility with our community members, clients and youth. We conduct Vulnerable Sector Checks for all our volunteers, in accordance with Public Safety Canada’s best practices.
Support will be provided on an ongoing basis through regular check-ins with the Volunteer Coordinator and the Autistic Queer Peers Lead Facilitator.
How to apply:
Please apply using our online Volunteer Application.
You can also reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Please tell us a little about yourself and why you are interested in this role. Cover letters expressing experiential expertise and resumes appreciated, but not required.