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I am an engaging and thought-provoking speaker who expresses complex ideas through storytelling, spoken word and facilitation. Through my personal experiences as a queer-Christian woman of colour, I am broad-reaching in my talks and delivery. I invite people to embrace their multi-layered stories and I share my challenges of living on the border of different identities in a relatable way.

I can take my audiences to challenging places because I have also explored these spaces in my personal, practical and academic experiences. My talks are honest, vulnerable and humorous, weaving in personal stories, challenges, lessons and spoken word. Through my work and lived experiences in LGBTQ+, Christian and racialized communities, my keynotes are customized and adapted to your needs. I approach topics in a personal and accessible way, holding space for complex conversations and multiple perspectives.

My three focus areas:

  • Identity Across the Intersections of Race, Sexuality and Faith
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Self-Expression and Finding Your Voice

Examples

From the Walrus Talks National Tour: We Desire a Better Country. Recorded April 24th, 2017 at the Fredericton Playhouse. 

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Being gay and Christian:

Jenna Tenn-Yuk spoke to Robyn about the difficulty of being both Christian and gay, and how she came to terms with it.

Organizations

Jenna Tenn-Yuk spoke as part of the Walrus Foundation’s national tour of The Walrus Talks tour for Canada 150. She was one of 100 prominent Canadians who spoke at these events, and she was fantastic to work with from start to finish. Her talk beautifully combined her own story with a passionate call for social justice, and our audience loved her. It’s rare that a speaker can connect with audiences on multiple levels, but Jenna did exactly that. She will not disappoint.
— David Leonard, The Walrus Foundation
We had the pleasure of having Jenna speak at our Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Inclusion and Belonging Retreat for LGBTQ+ students and allies for the past three years. Jenna uses spoken word and personal storytelling to connect with our Catholic leaders about Jean Vanier’s message of inclusion and belonging for all of our students.
— Greg Rogers, Toronto Catholic District School Board

Contact me to speak at your next conference or event.