INTERVIEW: The Rational, Vancouver Co-Op Radio. Segment from 27:47 – 36:00.

August 13, 2018

INTERVIEW: The Star Vancouver – “Fat Girls Hiking brings body-positive fitness to Vancouver”

August 4, 2018

Her message of inclusion in exercise has already begun to resonate with Vancouverites — including filmmaker Layla Cameron. After Cameron moved away from Toronto seeking the adventure of the West Coast trails, she found herself put off by the messaging she was seeing with regards to outdoor exercise in B.C.

While she wanted to explore the mountains, she was tired of not seeing other people who looked like her in the exercise community.

“It was really isolating, and I think that’s a common experience for a lot of fat people in the Vancouver area,” Cameron said.

“We feel like we don’t belong in those spaces, and it’s pretty tough to do that as the only fat person …When you can’t find other people who look like you to do activities that may take you out of your comfort zone, that’s a deterrent from being able to do something that otherwise you might really enjoy.”

When she discovered Fat Girls Hiking, Cameron was immediately excited about the group and their story. In 2016, she went to Portland to meet with the group and film a short hike with the group, returning last year to finish the full film project.

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.”

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

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

MENTION: A Year In Review 2016: Janine Fuller’s Toughest Fight

Earlier this year, Xtra writer Layla Cameron spent time with Fuller, who opened up about how friends have distanced themselves, not knowing how to treat someone who was dying…

… The honest way in which Fuller and her partner Julie Stines opened up about their struggles, resonated with Vancouverites, leading it be one of the most read pieces from Xtra this year.

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INTERVIEW: The Rabbit Hole – “Fat Hiking Club: A Discussion About Fat Activism, Politics, and Liberation for All”

Monday, October 3, 2016

INTERVIEW: Xtra Newspapers – “Peeking into Inside Out”

Former festival coordinator Layla Cameron says politically charged films often go over best in Ottawa, a city with a lively activist community. “I think Inside Out shows a lot of cinema that needs to be seen,” she says. “Being able to show documentaries about social-justice issues both at home and abroad and how they affect different queer communities is so important and so valuable, and Ottawa definitely does have an audience for that.

“Film is such a great way to reach out to an audience and encourage action after the film,” she says. “I mean, film is one of the only art forms where people are leaving a performance and you hear them talking about what they want to do now after what they’ve seen. Inside Out, I think, provides that platform.”

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Toronto Star – Re: “Sexism and Religious Rights on Campus”

Rosie DiManno misses the opportunity to facilitate an important discussion. The line, “I know of no religion that makes this proscription, though patriarchal and misogynistic cultures certainly do,” is pretty spot on. I wish she had expanded on this thought as I believe that this is the core issue within this debate. I agree, there is no dilemma when we think about the issue above.

Instead, DiManno opts to include information that was not relevant to her point but encourages Islamophobic attitudes (and contrary to her argument, Islamophobia is clearly a real thing, as seen by her constant discussion of Islam throughout the article in comparison to “Western values”), and by counting religions in a list which includes “dingbat woman-hating cult adherent’s.”

This perpetuates stereotypes and knee-jerk reactions to issues such as the one at York University, instead of encouraging thoughtful discussions as to the structural and institutional forces at hand that create instances such as this one. The issue here is one of misogyny, and arguing for the identification of the student and his religion would typecast all members of that religion as misogynistic and ignorant. That isn’t fair.

Because of this, as a fellow journalist, I am shocked that she objects to the privacy laws York University upheld in dealing with this student, laws which she argues are part of this ‘human rights black hole of ethical relativism,’ when it largely has to do with the decision-making process, safety of all students, and trying to avoid perpetuating ignorance regarding social groups such as religious minorities.

These privacy laws are laws that we try to uphold in our jobs as reporters and editors, abiding by faithfully when covering sensitive topics, or those that end up in court, for the exact same reasons. Individual rights, including the right to privacy, are a “Western value,” which she seems to disagree with here when they are extended to all members of Canadian society — whether we agree with them, or not. We can still have conversations and build opinions against this student’s request without identifying this information.

Unfortunately, I think DiManno “can no longer see the inconsistencies” of her argument, as she so eloquently illustrates in her column.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

INTERVIEW: Centretown News – “Sexual assault victims deserve better”

April 12, 2013

EVENT: The Leveller – “Frats have no eros for feminist panel”

April 2011


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