AWI Our Stories Our Voices presents: Gender Performance and Mental Health

The Our Stories, Our Voices festival celebrates queer mental health stories told by LGBTQ+ filmmakers and artists. Over three days, filmmakers, mental health professionals, and community leaders will lead insightful, interactive workshops focused on the unique experiences of queer people and their mental health.

Drag culture has brought “gender performance” into mainstream media, but what does it mean to “perform gender” in day-to-day life? What does it take to be authentic while meeting gender expectations in your community? Join filmmakers Steph Young, Jake Ivany, and Paolo Riveras as they screen their short films and discuss gender expression, gender expectations, and what effects they have on our mental health.

You can view the event recording below:

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance


Date:August 10, 2021
Time:4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Workshop Evaluation

Click here to download a summary of the post-workshop evaluations.
97% of participants said the festival enriched their understanding of LGBTQIA+ mental health experiences
61% of attendees left the festival more likely to seek support for their mental health needs
73% of participants said they are more likely to take action in support of the mental health of others
The content and moderators were all amazing, inclusive, and brilliant! "
-Session Attendee

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

Staging Face
Continue to Live
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Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.