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Guide Training 2014
Transcript of Guide Training 2014
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Guidelines for the space
this is a learning space!
avoid generalizing and assumptions
allyship is a process, not a single action or an identity
confidentiality & don't share other people's info / stories
participate & ask questions!
What is the Pride Centre?
The Pride Centre is a Service of the SFUO that strives to create a culture of affirming and celebrating the diversity of gender, sex, and sexuality.
How do we do this?
A drop in space!
A lending library (searchable through the uOttawa catalogue system)
Workshops and education
Weekly activities (movie nights, discussion groups, socials)
Confidential and non-judgmental active listening and peer support
Buddy-up with Pride (our peer mentoring program)
Resources on a variety of LGBTQ+ topics
Free safer sex materials (condoms, lube, dental dams, insertable condoms)
Special events for days such as World Aids Day, Trans Day of Remembrance, and International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
"I find myself using both the words “Queer” and “Trans” to try to translate my gendered and sexual realities for those not familiar with Native traditions, but at heart, if there is a term that could possibly describe me in English, I simply consider myself a Two-Spirit person. The process of translating Two-Spiritness with terms in white communities becomes very complex. I’m not necessarily “Queer” in Cherokee contexts, because differences are not seen in the same light as they are in Euroamerican contexts. I’m not necessarily “Transgender” in Cherokee contexts, because I’m simply the gender I am. I’m not necessarily “Gay,” because that word rests on the concept of men-loving-men, and ignores the complexity of my gender identity. It is only within the rigid gender regimes of white America that I become Trans or Queer.”
-Qwo-Li Driskill, Stolen From Our Bodies: First Nations Two-Spirits/Queers and the Journey to a Sovereign Erotic
A few issues on campus
What can YOU do?
Don’t base your knowledge of LGBTQ+ issues on stereotypes or anecdotes. Don't assume all LGBTQ+ people are the same!
Always use people’s stated names and pronouns – never use former names or pronouns even when referring to their past
Don’t “out” people
Don’t give tips on how people could "appear" more straight, queer, male, female, masculine, feminine, etc
If you make a mistake about someone's gender or sexual orientation, correct yourself, apologize, and move on
Don’t laugh at jokes about LGBTQ+ people (and challenge the jokes!)
Don’t ask invasive questions (about medical status, about genitals, about birth names, about people's sex life)
Avoid gendered language
Always ask for pronouns, for everybody
Don’t assume you can tell if people are cis or trans, or what their sexual orientation is!
Advocate for LGBTQ+ rights
Use google, the Pride Centre, and other resources to educate yourself!
Gender Inclusive Washroom Campaign!
Disclosure (being “outed”) and lack of confidentiality
Social exclusion & isolation
Insufficient access LGBTQ+ positive services
Lack of social and emotional support
Lack of Gender Neutral or All Gender washrooms
Difficulty changing names on class lists without a legal name change
Lack of representation in the classroom
Trans or gender variant students frequently face harassment, discrimination, and/or discomfort in washrooms that are designated “male” or “female”. Gender Inclusive Washrooms means everyone can have a washroom to use without risking being told they’re in the “wrong” one!
Get involved! Designate washrooms as All Gender Washrooms, and advocate for more All Gender Washrooms on campus!
Trans people are people whose gender or sex that they were expected to be at birth doesn't match their identity. They might undergo some form of transition.
a process that includes a series of actions taken by someone in order to become more comfortable embodying themselves. Everyone has a different "transition" and might do, or not do, any combination of these things.
name change, pronoun change, new clothing, electrolysis, hormone replacement therapy, surgery / surgeries.
How to react if someone comes out to you?
They've decided to trust you! That's awesome!
Listen, be non-judgemental, and don't assume anything
Match where they're at
Refer them to resources if they want them! (Like the Pride Centre!)
Don't use stereotypes! (Examples?)
Two-spirit is an umbrella term for a number of diverse aboriginal identities, relating to gender and/or sexuality. There are often specific spiritual and/or cultural roles associated with being two-spirit.