About

Hello!

My name is Layla Cameron, and I am a queer fat activist living in Vancouver, BC.

I am currently pursuing my PhD in Communications at Simon Fraser University. My research focuses on reality television, media literacy, and fat activism.

I also work as a freelance journalist and filmmaker. You can learn more about my professional work on LinkedIn.

Be in touch! You can reach me at: layla.a.cameron@gmail.com or 604.358.3565.

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Fat Hiking Club

In 2017, I completed production on my first short documentary film, Fat Hiking Club.

Synopsis:

A woman seeks to make the outdoors more accessible for fat people – just as they are and without shame. Armed with her slogan “Trails Not Scales”, she soon finds herself hosting events all over North America.

Fat Hiking Club is currently being submitted to film festivals worldwide for the 2018 circuit. Would you like to host a screening? Let’s chat!

Check out the Fat Hiking Club website here.

You can also follow the film on Instagram and Facebook!

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Fat Chance

I recently came across the 1994 NFB documentary Fat Chance (dir. Jeff McKay), a feature-length film that follows Rick Zakowich, a fat man in Winnipeg, as he moves from a state of self-loathing to one of self-acceptance. I was hesitant to watch the film, as I am with most artifacts from our culture that focus …

Press

MENTION: The Lonely Planet – “Why this hairy beer belly bum-bag is dividing opinion”

September 22, 2017

Not everyone sees the bum-bags as funny however, with Canadian journalist, Layla Cameron, saying in her blog that when thin people dress up in ways that temporarily locate their bodies in fat identities, it “perpetuates fat oppression and discrimination.”

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/09/23/hairy-beer-belly-bum-bag/?utm_term=why+this+hairy+beer+belly+bumbag+is+dividing+opinion

MENTION: Hate Free Blog – “World Experts on Bodily Stigmatization Will Go To Prague”

May 24, 2017

Among the leading speakers at the conference are Carlos M. Grilo of the American Yale University. He makes a contribution on the impact of discrimination on the basis of increased weight, race, and sex on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease on the selection of adult Americans. It is also worth mentioning Layla Cameron’s contribution from Simon Fraser University in Canada, who asks how to overcome the long-standing conflict between television showing of people with higher mass on TV and targets for rights of people with higher body weight. The conference will also present several workshops that will focus on activism or sharing good practices in the fight against stigmatization. Check out the complete conference program.

CONTRIBUTOR: The Rabbit Hole – “Round Table: Are We Loving Nature To Death?”

May 1, 2017

http://cszto.blogspot.ca/2017/05/round-table-are-we-loving-nature-to.html

INTERVIEW: For The Record With Layla Cameron, PhD Student and Filmmaker 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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Published

XTRA – Vancouver: “BC’s human rights commission is finally coming back and these LGBT experts are looking forward to it”

October 26, 2017

https://www.dailyxtra.com/bcs-human-rights-commission-is-finally-coming-back-and-these-lgbt-experts-are-looking-forward-to-it-80530

XTRA – Vancouver: “The painful truth about being gay at Canada’s largest Christian university: Trinity Western’s covenant and the queer students it hurts”

April 12, 2017

https://medium.com/dailyxtra/the-painful-truth-about-being-gay-at-canadas-largest-christian-university-ceb6e845d91

XTRA – Vancouver: “Universities Canada’s new policy could be bad news for Trinity Western: Can a university respect human rights law while banning gay sex?”

November 21, 2016

http://www.dailyxtra.com/canada/news-and-ideas/news/universities-canada’s-new-policy-bad-news-trinity-western-210547

XTRA – Vancouver: “After 25 years at Little Sister’s, Janine Fuller now faces her toughest battle”

August 30, 2016

http://www.dailyxtra.com/vancouver/news-and-ideas/news/25-years-at-little-sister’s-janine-fuller-now-faces-toughest-battle-205106

XTRA – Vancouver: “Why this collective is focused on young, non-binary femme artists”

July 22, 2016

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