The Gender Elephant

We would like to formally introduce you to the newest member of the CCGSD family: The Gender Elephant! Based largely on TSER’s Gender Unicorn graphic, The Gender Elephant is an educational tool that can used by anyone to help learn and teach the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, sex, physical attraction, and romantic attraction. Over the past couple months, we’ve been working on raising awareness of intersex people.  In light of these efforts, we decided the much-loved gend...
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RFP for new space

Summary The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (hereafter: The Centre) proposes the creation of a new museum, cultural centre and business space, to be located in the Ottawa’s downtown. Tentatively we have secured a location (15,000 square feet) at Lebreton Flats. This document is to engage the services of a consultant to generate a detailed feasibility study for this project. The object of this request for proposals is to provide the Centre with qualified candidates capable o...
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Help us build Census 2021

The CCGSD has been working incredibly hard with Statistics Canada to create an inclusive and respectful Census in 2021. See our 2016 letter to Statistics Canada. In an effort to include as many voices as possible, Statistics Canada is conducting a public consultation on the 2021 Census of Population. It should be noted that the primary goal of the online consultation questionnaire is designed to gather information about how and why Canadians use census data, the type of information they...
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Shannon’s Trip to India

Hi all! On October 28th and 29th, I got to travel to India to speak at the 6th International Conference on Victims Assistance (for more information on the conference, visit http://www.jgu.edu.in/JGU/CMS/Issue8/JIBS-Victim-assistance). The conference was hosted by the wonderful O.P. Jindal Global University’s Centre for Victimology & Psychological Studies, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in association with World Society of Victimology (WSV) and Indian Society of Victimology (...
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Trans Day of Remembrance

Hey beautiful people, I have the privilege as one of the heads of Team Education to remember every day the incredible and beautiful resilience of the trans people all around me. Every day, I meet youth in the Ottawa region who are discovering who they are, and it's always a gift to see these young people in bloom. But it's a double-edged sword, because for every one I get to see for just a moment, I know there are others who are struggling. Who are finding it difficult to put down roots...
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HIRING: Epic Office Manager

Our office manager is going to be training to be a nurse in January 2017, as such we are hiring for a new Office Manager right now! Are you the EPIC person we are looking for?  APPLY TODAY! Terms of Employment: Full-Time Anticipated Start Date: December, 2017 Salary: $39,000-$41,725; with awesome benefits package Languages: English (French is an asset) Education: Post-secondary degree (encouraged), experience will be taken into consideration. Experience: 2-3 years of experie...
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Team Education – School Visits

Hey folks! On Tuesday, team education coordinator Eliot, and our practicum student Denisha spent the day doing presentations for grades 3-6 at Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School. Both Eliot and Denisha shared their stories, and taught the kids about gender and sexuality. They allowed kids a chance to both participate in the presentation, and to learn. These presentations went over exceptionally well, and many questions were received from both students and teachers alike. It was a great experien...
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Intersex Awareness and Allyship

Goal of the Campaign The goal of this campaign is to validate and celebrate the intersexed -   those people whose physical sex characteristics contain elements of both sexes, and who cannot be defined as exclusively either male or female. Our medical culture has shown a queasy discomfort with intersex conditions, but we believe it’s time our culture and our institutions acknowledged the intersexed, without erasure or shame. We support the right of physically non-binary individuals not to ha...
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Team Education: Queering the Curriculum

Sabrina here! People are surprised to find out that I have a degree in biomedical science and it’s pretty common for me to get asked why I don’t work in my field of study.  My answer is always the same: “It’s hard being a queer woman in STEM and it’s always bothered me that science is so dominated by heterosexual, cisgender males”.  How do we get more LGBTQ+ folks interested in the field and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM?  Once they’re there, how do we ensure that the environment is w...
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