Rencontre Kama

Kama La Mackerel

JQY Outreach Worker, Project 10

Pronoun: She

Contact: jqy@p10.qc.ca

01. What is your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is to live a life of integrity in a world where social and economic justice reigns.

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

There are many; I’ll highlight my admiration for well known and not so well known trans women of colour from the past, present and future. Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major Griffin Gracy, Janet Mock, Gwen Benaway, Kai Cheng Thom, to name just a few!

03. The object could you not do without?

Poetry (that’s an object, right?)

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

I buy my clothing from thrift stores or I sew them myself!

05. What is your role in JQY?

I’m the Project Coordinator at Project 10 where I specifically accompany queer, trans, black indigenous and other people of colour (QTBIPOC). Within the JQY context, I do outreach to LGBTQ+ people of colour and I support the administrative work for the team.

06. What motivates you most in the JQY project?

Being able to work directly with queer and trans youth and giving them the tools they need to achieve their own dreams and projects.

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

I make a good meal, I clean and I read poetry (or I binge watch The Golden Girls!)

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

There are many and I read a lot… I think that Audre Lorde, bellhooks, Arundathi Roy, Ananda Devi are all authors that have really influenced me over the years.

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

The values of integrity and social justice. Decolonialisation as well.

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

Mangos! They’re colourful AND delicious!