Mapping QTBIPOC Toronto

Gabriela Rodriguez, 2016
Vol. 22 No. 16 ISSN 1702-3548 (online)

Mapping QTBIPOC Toronto intervenes in dominant narrative mappings of neoliberal, heteronormative and homonormative city space that erase queer and trans, Black, Indigenous and people of colour (QTBIPOC) communities. The portfolio’s three chapters and online component address this problem from multiple angles. The theoretical and empirical underpinnings for this portfolio include explorations in critical pedagogy of place theory, critical mapping theory, and a case study that illuminates a public conflict between trans street-based sex workers of colour and the Maitland and Homewood Safety Association, a residents’ association that wanted them gone. The portfolio also has an online component which can be located at This website includes a series of original pedagogical resources which comprise an essential part of my MES work and should be read in tandem with the pages that follow. The resources developed for the website offer up new ways of considering spatial justice in the city in a way that is grounded in the cognitive maps of QTBIPOC. They include three original QTBIPOC digital maps of Toronto that feature qualitative and quantitative data about QTBIPOC community histories, and an online teaching module designed to support learning about the QTBIPOC city. Woven throughout the three chapters and online modules are the insights of seven interviewees who shared their personal analyses about the social and spatial contexts of QTBIPOC community organizing in the city with me. Considered together, the series of works included in this portfolio offer new ways of teaching and learning in the city, which acknowledge QTBIPOC histories, experiences and analyses as their starting place.