ILL-egal Bodies: Xenophobia, Immigration & HIV


Immigrating or escaping violence in one's home country are already difficult processes due to xenophobic, racist and other inequitable immigration policies. This hardship thickens for immigrants and refugees living with HIV.

For 10 minutes each, Dr. Josephine Pui-Hui Wong and Gerardo Betancourt (bios below) present on how xenophobia and serophobia (fear of people living with HIV) coalesce to make the experiences of immigrants and refugees living with HIV in Canada, difficult.

This is followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and engage in general conversation. No academic experience needed!

This is a FREE event with food and drinks. However, space is LIMITED so attendees must register for their free ticket on eventbrite.

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When/Where? On Wednesday February 19th, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:30PM at the Tranzac Club, Toronto, ON, M5S 2M7 (a few minutes away from Spadina station).

People living with HIV who attend are eligible to receive a 25$ stipend for their participation (must email beforehand).TTC tickets are also available upon request. Direct inquiries to

This is intended to be an informal event and we aim to make it a space everyone can feel comfortable in, regardless of your age, race, gender, sexuality, disability or HIV status!


Dr. Josephine Pui-Hing Wong: (Bio TBA)

Gerardo Betancourt: is a PhD Candidate at the Factor-Inwentash, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. He has been working in the field of education for the past 25 years of his professional life, 14 of which, have been in the field of sexual health with Latino immigrants in Canada. He has published and presented on topics related to sexual health interventions, evaluation, qualitative methodologies, immigrant health issues, the social determinants of health, and masculinities. Gerardo is convinced through education social changes can be achieved, and his pedagogical practices are informed by Paulo Freire's epistemological turns (Pedagogies of the Oppressed). Gerardo is a member of the LGTBQ communities. He is also the coordinator of Community Without Borders, a CSSP-Sexual Health's Intervention, for LGTBQ Spanish speaking individuals.

This is a Better than Ted: Talking HIV Research event. Between a long day and getting home, join a friendly and inclusive chat on bold ideas about HIV research: treatment, care, policy, theory, and artistic representation. Brought to you by the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael's Hospital, Better than Ted: Talking HIV Research.

The views, ideas, and opinions expressed during the discussion are not those of the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital or Universities Without Walls

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February 19, 2020

Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto