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.
The Gender + Sexual Diversity Museum is a digital platform free of discrimination that promotes diversity, coexistence and mutual respect, while addressing heterosexism, cissexism and transmisogyny in Canada.
The 2SLGBTQIA+ community has been standing out in society occupying all spaces, promoting social equity and inspiring people. Despite these gains, we still are confronted with discrimination, stereotypes, standardization and pressures to conform.
Organizations throughout Canada have researched and preserved our 2SLGBTQIA+ memory. Archives, universities, organizations, and personal collections maintain this impressive heritage that deserves to be showcased.
The CCGSD Museum exists for 2SLGBTQIA+ people share and promote access to our history, stories and culture from multiple perspectives. The GSD Museum is much more than a space; it is an attitude. The GSD Museum starts now, and we invite you to join us on this journey.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.