Building LGBTQ+ Newcomer Positive Spaces Introduction

The positive spaces for LGBTQ newcomers

In this document, the terms ‘immigrants,’ ‘refugees,’ and ‘newcomers’ are intended to be broadly inclusive. Our varied use of ‘immigrants,’ ‘refugees,’ and ‘newcomers,’ is intended to reflect the breadth and heterogeneity of the communities served by OCASI’s membership, many of whom have been in Canada for many years and/or have less-than-full status, for example.

is a 2 part webinar series.
LGBTQ+ (lesbian

Women who have the potential to be attracted to and/or who have loving, romantic and/or sexual relationships primarily or exclusively with other women. Some women may also use the term “gay” or “queer” to describe themselves.

, gaySomeone who is attracted to and/or who has loving, romantic and/or sexual relationships primarily or exclusively with members of their own sex or gender. In certain contexts, this term is used to refer only to those who identify as men. Some may also prefer the term “queer” to describe themselves., bisexual

Someone who is attracted to and/or who has loving, romantic and/or sexual relationships with both men and women. Some people avoid this term because of its implication that there are only two sexes/genders to be attracted to, reinforcing the binary gender system (of male and female). Instead, they may use terms such as ‘queer’.

, Trans, two-spirit, queer

Often used as an umbrella term encompassing lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, questioning people, transgender/transsexual people, and anyone else who does not identify strictly as heterosexual or conform to gender norms. Some people identify as queer to distance themselves from the rigid categorizations of “straight” and “gay”. Originally a derogatory word, it has now been reclaimed by some people and used as a statement of empowerment. Some others, however, reject the use of this term due to perceived connotations of deviance and its tendency to gloss over and sometimes deny the differences between these groups. In the past 10-20 years this term has gained wide usage, so it tends to be mostly younger people who use this term.

, questioning

A term used to describe someone who is exploring their sexual or gender identity. People’s identities grow and shift over a lifetime and a person may question their sexual orientation or gender identity at any point in their life. ‘Questioning’ is thus included in the umbrella term LGBTTIQQ2S to show that there is always a place for people who are questioning.

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intersex

Someone who is born with a body that is a combination of male and female elements.

, asexual, pansexual, etc.) newcomers are an integral, though often
invisible, part of immigrant and refugee communities as well as LGBTQ+
communities. Experiencing marginalization from within both cultural
communities and LGBTQ+ communities often leaves individuals feeling that
there are few options for obtaining services.





Part I: Building LGBTQ+ Newcomer Positive Spaces: An Introduction

This is the first (1st) webinar in the Building LGBTQ+ Newcomer Positive
Spaces two part webinar. Topics covered are: Basic terminology / respectful
language, Issues and barriers commonly experienced by LGBTQ+ newcomers,
Elements of a Positive Space - what it is, what it looks like, and why it is
important. 

 

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Part II: A Systems Approach to Positive Spaces: Human Rights, Policy, and
Leadership

When referring to an ‘organization’s leadership’, we mean the board, ED and senior management.

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This is the second (2nd) webinar in the Building LGBTQ+ Newcomer Positive
Spaces two part webinar. Topics covered are: Human rights legislation at the
provincial, federal, and international levels, Legal obligations as service
providers under the Ontario Human Rights Code, Tools for organizational
self-assessment, Leadership in the change process, Addressing resistance to
change, and Policy tips.
 

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