Zines & Books
Jonathan Valelly is the foremost expert on contemporary zine culture in Canada and a socially engaged print artist bringing 15 years of experience making publications in and with local communities.
Invite him into your school, library, park, studio, church basement or neighbourhood garden by booking a guest workshop, educational lecture, or longer-term collaborative publishing project.
Want to bring queer and trans zine history to your community? Ask about doing a pop-up zine library with Jonathan's collection of more than 1000 publications made by 2SLGBTQIA+ creators! With an emphasis on activism, storytelling and Canadian queer history, the archive includes zines of every stripe.
queer men's health & harm reduction
How do we reduce the harms affecting queer people who use drugs and have sex? The first step is to drop all of the assumptions. Let's back up and listen, centering the importance of pleasure and emphasizing the urgent expertise of our own lived experiences. Jonathan draws on his work with Fagdemic and as a content creator in the HIV/AIDS sector to offer adaptable and responsive conversations about charged and messy topics. These can be one-time workshops or ongoing partnerships with queer men's organizations, sexual health practitioners, harm reduction workers and community groups.
Specializing in conversations about PnP (party 'n' play), Jonathan's harm reduction workshops are patient and collaborative arenas where people with radically different feelings about substances can meet and make knowledge together. Previous groups have included med students, youth workers, sexual health counselors, drug users and psychotherapists.