Last year, one of my first blogposts was this one here: An International, Close-knit Community! In it, I talked about how diverse Glendon was by showcasing students from very different backgrounds! The reason I was able to write that is because the community and environment here at Glendon is one of accepting and celebrating differences; whether they be racial, religious, philosophical or sexual orientation.
That last one is what I want to focus on. Sexual orientation and gender identity can be somewhat of a “hot topic” in today’s culture and society but it’s an important on to address! Here at Glendon, you’ll find a very positive community and outlook on differing sexualities, which make students very comfortable here to be who they are. From the students, to the staff, to the faculty, you’ll find and amazing support system here at Glendon if you identify as queer. (Note: Queer is an umbrella term for anybody that identifies as LGBTTIQQ2S-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited.)
Check out GLgbt*’s It Gets Better video that I directed last year that features my fellow eAmbassador, Krista and one of our ResLife staff, Kate Fowley!
Here’s a quick list of some of the on-campus resources for LGBTQ* Students
GLgbt*, A group that promotes a supportive environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, queer or any individual with diverse sexual or gender identities on York University’s Glendon campus. We hold meetings, social events, awareness campaigns, trips and other activities. Everyone is welcome to come out to everything we do regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, as long as everything stays positive! Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org (Fun fact: I’m the coordinator this year!)
GQS, A a discussion and support group for students of Glendon College who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or any other term that falls under the umbrella of “queer”. The purpose of GQS is for all of us to offer support to one another on whatever path each participant deems best for himself or herself. We strive to foster a safe, secure environment in which each of us feels comfortable sharing as much or as little as we would like about our experiences, our challenges, our ongoing struggles, and our victories. Check them out on Facebook: “GQS-Glendon Queer Support”
CDS, Offers support and accommodations for students with learning, mental health, physical, sensory and medical disabilities. This includes individual consultation, a peer tutoring program for help with learning strategies and adaptive technology. Contact info: email@example.com
TBLGAY, The Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gay Allies at York is a student run service. We operate under the York Federation of Students to offer resources and support for the GLBT and Queer friendly community in and around the York University campus. Looking for a positive-space environment? We got one located in room 449A in the York University Student Centre, come visit us and meet other Queer and Queer friendly youth on campus. Our Space offers a plethora of resources, from pamphlets and brochures of helpful on and off campus resources, to a library of books and periodicals. Shy? Don’t worry set up a private appointment with one of our Coordinators or Chairs, or direct your general inquiries via telephone at: 416-736-2100 ext. 20494, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SexGen York Committee, University-wide committee responsible for advising and advocating around issues and concerns of sexual and gender diversity and orientation, whether in terms of university policy areas, academic climate (e.g., classroom environment), or general University environment (e.g., employment and safety). The Chair of SexGen York reports through the Centre for Human Rights to the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights (PACHR). Contact: email@example.com
Positive Space Committee, supports the growth, freedom, and expression of all members of the York community who embrace a diverse sexual orientation or gender identity. This includes everyone of any race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status, same-sex partnership status, disability, record of offences and receipt of public assistance who questions their gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation in ways that diverge from the everyday social norms governing their particular culture. Positive Space stickers indicate the spaces at York where there are people who have made an effort to become familiar with the issues and assumptions that surround sexually & gender diverse people.