Meet root

root

L’astérisk Project Manager

Pronoun: He/Him

E-mail address : lasterisk@coalitionjeunesse.org

1. What is your biggest dream?

I am living my dream of taking part in the development of support resources and services based in non-judgement and the active listening of marginalized people.

I also dream of being very wealthy people’s anti-oppressive financial advisor to help them incorporate resource redistribution and reparations in the ways they practice their day-to-day finances. But I’m still working on the Shark Tank bit for that plan …

2. Who is the person you admire most and why?

In my work, even if it is cliché, I very much admire Marsha P. Johnson. She reminds me that, around me, there are young people, especially Black trans women and trans feminine people, who are doing extraordinary things for them and their communities to live, survive and change the world.

She reminds me that we should not forget that these women, these extraordinary people, are also humans. So, before we put them on a podium, we should make sure to take the time to ask and listen to their needs in order to support their day-to-day (not just how they inspire us).

3. What object could you not do without?

I don’t know how to answer this question… I use a lot of objects in a day!

4. What would you want people to know about you?

For the last 10 years, I have been dancing at least once a day (for fun).

5. What is your role in JQY?

I am a member of the coordinating team. So, I take part in the decision making, in mentoring youth with their projects, in organizing JQY events (like our biannual summits) and more.

I represent l’astérisk project by the Coalition of LGBT+ youth groups. L’astérisk is a safe(r) space for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth that houses the services and activities of three LGBT+ youth organizations (Jeunesse Lambda, AlterHéros, Project 10 – l’astérisk Roomates).

In my job position, I help the Roomates take care of l’astérisk space. I also help them outreach to and collaborate with other local LGBT+ youth groups and services in order to improve 2SLGBTQIA+ youth’s accessibility to these resources. JQY is one of these collaborations I participate in to engage 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and their opinions in the development of resources adapted to their needs.

6. What motivates you the most in the JQY project?

Having been a participant and now being part of the coordinating team, I really love having this chance to share what I have learned and the opportunities I have access to in my job with other 2SLGBTQIA+ youth.

7. What do you do when you need to unwind?

I dance!

8. What is the film or book that has transformed you the most and why?

At the moment, to come back to question number 2, watching the Netflix documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson helped me reflect on the legacy of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and how this history impacts our current day-to-day choices.

9. What is the cause or value you will carry throughout your life?

Community.

10. If you were to eat a single food for the rest of your life, it would be…

Potatoes.

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