CCGSD has a variety of programs that run in service to a world without discrimination. Much of our current programming revolves around the ideas of education, prevention, and inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ communities. We work with community groups and knowledgeable experts to deliver high quality and impactful programming.
We know that education has many benefits to the people who access it: education has been shown to reduce child mortality and increase civic engagement. Crucially, education helps develop individual resiliency as well as social cohesion. It reduces poverty and its effects can be tracked over generations. In short: we believe that education is tied to liberation, and we are committed to playing our part in the movement for a better world.
Not Just The Tip
Not Just the Tip (NJTT) is a national project to bring sexual health educators the skills and confidence they need to teach sex-ed in a way that is intersectional, inclusive, and inspiring. Guided by two expert advisory councils, NJTT is a collaborative effort between the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Wisdom2Action, and Dr. Nadine Thornhill. This project is made possible through generous support from Health Canada and the Government of Canada.
2SLGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health Project
The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) are excited to present a new project with resources focused on 2SLBTQ+ youth and their mental health (specifically in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic).
After assessing the needs of diverse 2SLGBTQ+ youth through a survey, we discovered that the vast majority of respondents are struggling with their mental health during the pandemic. We wanted to discover what types of online content would best help their mental health as well.
Together in Time: A Collection of 2SLGBTQ+ Stories
Together in Time is an art project funded by the City of Ottawa’s Diversity in the Arts Fund that works to tell 2SLGBTQ+ history creatively and collaboratively. We’re excited to invite youth, individuals, community members, and organizations to apply. Any artist level is welcome, from skilled creators to first-time makers.
Participants will receive a standard wooden panel to serve as the base of their creation, as well as an online toolkit and honorarium to guide them in telling a story about 2SLGBTQIA+ community through art. Learn more on our program webpage.
2SLGBTQ+ history is a topic often left out of school textbooks in Canada. The CCGSD seeks to actively remedy this fact by highlighting the ways in which queer history has dramatically impacted the Canadian landscape, and the world. We teach about history with the intention of centering pre-colonial understandings of gender and sexuality, and we aim to amplify QTBIPOC voices and realities.
By sharing the queer narrative from a historical lens, we empower youth to exist as part of the ongoing legacy and to contribute new ways of shaping the future. We are committed to sharing the stories that matter.
We Belong - Nous appartenons
This free, bilingual program is for youth aged 12-19, living in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec who are interested in the past, present and future of 2SLGBTQ+ peoples. Participants will join us for an online youth forum featuring history workshops, keynote addresses, and activities centering the diverse histories of Two-Spirit, queer, and trans Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (2SQTBIPOC) communities.
Check out the We Belong webpage to register and learn more about what accessibility measures we have put in place.
C’est programme gratuit et bilingue conçu pour les jeunes âgé·es de 12 et 19 ans vivant en Colombie-Britannique, en Alberta, au Manitoba, en Ontario ou au Québec qui s’intéressent au passé, au présent et à l’avenir des communautés 2SLGBTQ+. Les participant·es se joindront à nous lors d’un forum jeunesse virtuel comprenant des ateliers d’histoire, une présentation, et des activités centrées sur les histoires diverses des communautés bispirituelles, queer et trans qui sont noires, autochtones et racisées (2SQTBIPOC).
Visite la page web de Nous appartenons pour t’inscrire et pour en savoir plus sur nos mesures en place en ce qui a trait à l’accessibilité.
The Youth Network Project
The Youth Network Project is a new initiative by the Intersectionality and Diversity program at the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD).The Youth Network Project focuses on supporting queer and trans students through activities such as outreach to and networking with gay-straight alliances (GSAs), educational workshops and queer and trans Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (QTBIPOC) specific resourcing. The Youth Network Project will assist in building connections that will mitigate feelings of loneliness and isolation brought on by the pandemic.
Queer Book Club
The goal of this project is to send folks who are working through digital learning more resources around 2SLGBTQ history and culture. We hope these kits will provide meaningful learning opportunities through CCGSD resources and a cache of books in our office space.
Learn more here.
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention Program
Our Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention Program aims to promote safer, healthier, and happier communities by working with schools, systems of justice, and community-based organizations to prevent and address gender-based violence.
Find resources here
2SLGBTQ+ Service Providers’ Network
The 2SLGBTQ+ Service Providers Network stemmed out of the Centre’s 2SLGBTQ+ Service Providers’ Summit’s goal to create a network of professional supports to strengthen our collective capacity, presence, and bond as community members, allies and service providers.
Learn more here
The Sports Inclusion Program at the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity aims to challenge homophobia and transphobia in athletics – to make sports a more accepting and inclusive pastime for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Learn more here
GSA Leadership Forum 2020
The GSA forum is a way for selected youth across the country to come and build community while also growing their knowledge around 2SLGBTQ+ issues. This year there will be a focus on community building, creating intersectional movements, and ways to integrate self-care into all of it. The oppressions we face often force us into this time consuming and emotionally trying work, and we are left to figure it all out along the way. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 all GSA forums have been ceased and are under review for the safety of our participants.
Jer’s Pink Tulip Grant
Jer’s Pink Tulip Grants
Jer’s Pink Tulip Grants are Canada’s first grants for schools running diversity, human rights, anti-bullying and anti-discrimination events in their school.
The grant is presented with the generous support of the Embassy of the Netherlands, and in collaboration with Jer’s Vision. The goal of the program is to empower youth making positive changes in their community; we empower youth by providing financial support for their initiatives or events that promote diversity and end discrimination, with additional consideration being given to initiatives related to the LGBTQ communities.
About the Grant
For 2014 we offered 15 grants to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. We will be offering 10 grants of $200; and 5 grants of $100.
Projects are currently taking place and a report will be made available shortly.