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. If you are interested in learning about these sessions, and participating in these critical conversations, you can see them all on the Our Stories, Our Voices information page!

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 register for this event here.

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


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.