Reclaiming Femininity and Masculinity

Ejike Figueira
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Stephen McMahon
Pronouns: they/he

HVTF Closing Community Conversation | Saturday, November 12th | 2:20-3:20pm
Reclaiming Femininity and Masculinity
Hybrid Space: Join in-person or virtually

Ejike Figueira

Stephen McMahon

Conversation Description: In this discussion space we will be having a conversation about Femininity and Masculinity. What it looks like across cultures, its power, its potential, its drawbacks, its consequences and its liberation. We will be discussing how we can better understand these divinities, what these divinities mean to us and how we celebrate them in our bodies, and how we express them.

Conversation Format: The discussion will open up with the topic to the audience and what the over all goal will be. Spending at least 5-10mins, ideally 5 mins or less on the introduction. It will then transition into the the first topic of discussion, masculinity. Which will hopefully be another 5-15min discussion about how masculinity and it's impact on these communities, and then transitioning to femininity and it's impact on these communities and a similar time frame. Hoping to have a conversation for half hour maximum, or at least 15 mins.


Ejike Figueira (they/she/he) is Black, queer, non-binary and doing their best to grow, create, learn, and evolve in this world.
Stephen McMahon (they/he) started at The LOFT as the Community Engagement Coordinator in October 2021. Through this role Stephen oversees The LOFT's volunteers and interns, conducts outreach to community members and other organizations, leads LOFT trainings, and works with the programming team to develop new programming strategies. They joined the LOFT as a Media Intern and Volunteer Coordinator in June of 2021. Stephen is a Westchester native and their passion for LGBTQ+ advocacy has grown throughout their time at university. 

Stephen's drive to work in LGBTQ+ advocacy began in 2016 when they were appointed the role of executive board president for GLOW of WCC (LGBTQ+ Club on Campus). This was the beginning of their experience working toward the heightened visibility and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ Community as a whole. As of May 2021, Stephen currently holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Purchase College SUNY. Through their research as an undergrad, Stephen learned the ways in which we can provide a stronger sense of belonging among society as a minority group, and continues to learn new ways to this approach everyday by working alongside community organizations, volunteers, interns, and members of the LGBTQ+ community at The LOFT.

They have a love for fashion and their favorite designer is Telfar Clemens for their non-gendered designs, and brand inclusivity.

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