Kyle Rubini

HIV Prevention Worker

London, Ontario (Canada)

From February 17 to February 28, 2020

Biography —

Kyle is an HIV Prevention Worker at a Canadian AIDS Service Organization. In this role he provides sexual health education, supports queer men through one-on-one and group programming, coordinates a PrEP Clinic, and facilitates a queer youth group. Having recently finished his Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Kyle continues his academic work independently. His research interests include: sexual health, queer male culture, and stories as cultural communication.

Project at Faber —

During my stay I will be working on a graphic novel currently titled Stories and Worlds. It is planned to be both a discussion of theory, and the story of my life, foregrounding theory and using my personal experiences as practical examples. Stories have guided me throughout my life and I have long been captivated by the way we use these experiences in fictional worlds to guide our experiences with reality. Western society consumes stories en masse, affecting our mindset similar to how the food we consume affects our bodies. The characters and events of stories have long lasting impacts on how we perceive the world, interact with others, make decisions, and more. This project hopes to make accessible the popular theories about how fictional worlds can alter our realities.