SU CENTRE FOR SEXUAL & GENDER DIVERSITY

The Students’ Union’s Q Centre is a safe, comfortable and inviting space for the LGBTQA+ community at the University of Calgary. Featuring a library and peer support services, the program coordinators and volunteers plan events and direct clients to relevant resources. Guests are also welcome to hang out and socialize.


Volunteer Application

Q Centre Pride Scholarship

The Q Centre Pride Scholarship Is a Quality Money initiative dedicated to recognizing University of Calgary undergraduate students who are actively dedicated to the queer community. Two $1,500 scholarships are awarded in both the fall and winter semesters.

Applicants must be:

  • A full-time University of Calgary undergraduate student in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher).
  • Be returning in the upcoming academic year.
  • Have contributed to the betterment of the queer community in a meaningful, outstanding, or otherwise positive way.

Fall applications are due on November 20, 2018 and winter applications are due on March 18, 2019.


Pride Scholarship Application

Queer mentoring program

The Q Centre’s Queer Mentoring initiative strives to provide sexual and gender minority undergraduate students with opportunities to empower themselves by pairing them with established, queer-identified role models (ie. graduate students, alumni, staff or faculty members). The mentees will work with their mentors to set, and work towards, professional and social goals. These include goals related to coming out, identity, networking, friendship, dating, volunteering, working, other extracurricular activities, stress, relationship issues, and health and wellness.

The program runs from September to April. Mentees must be registered as full-time undergraduate students at the University of Calgary. Their minimum time commitment is 8 hours. Mentors must be graduate students, alumni, faculty, or staff members at the University of Calgary. They can also be Students’ Union staff members. Their minimum time commitment is 7 hours.

If you are interested in applying to be a mentee or a mentor please fill out the application and email it to qcentre@ucalgary.ca or drop it off at the Q Centre. Applications are due on September 30.


Mentor Application

Want To Collaborate With Q?

The Q Centre is always looking to improve the student experience, and one of the ways that we accomplish this is by collaborating with other on-campus or off-campus groups in order to host innovative, student-centred events that align with our Centre mandate and vision.

Because of the number of collaborations that are requested of Q each semester, we are limited in our ability to accommodate all proposed collaborations. In order to ensure that your proposed collaboration meets the Q Centre’s event goals, please read the guidelines below and submit your complete form either in hard copy at the Q Centre (MSC 210) or by emailing it to qcentre@ucalgary.ca.

Upcoming Events

Oct
25
Thu
Q Centre Discussion Group
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Q Centre is excited to offer bi-weekly discussion groups. Focusing on key topics in the sexual and gender minority community, they will take place every other Thursday at 5:00 pm in the Q Centre. They are open to all members of the campus community and we hope to see you there!
Fall 2018′s Schedule: 
  • September 27th: Queer Families
  • October 11th: Label and Identity in Politics
  • October 25th: Impact of Animals in the Queer Community 
  • November 8th: Inclusivity on Campus 
  • November 22nd: Asexuality 
  • December 6th: Socioeconomic Status and Queerness 
Nov
1
Thu
Q Centre Pride Scholarship Applications Open
Nov 1 2018 – Jan 17 2019 all-day

September 4th marks the first day students can apply for the Q Centre Pride Scholarship! This scholarship is to recognize exceptional undergraduate students who have taken part in initiatives to serve the LGBTQ+ community both on and off campus, and have shown positive leadership and volunteer capabilities.

The applications are accepted until November 20th.

Nov
2
Fri
Q Centre’s Birthday! @ Student's Union Q Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Nov 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Q Centre's Birthday! @ Student's Union Q Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity | Calgary | Alberta | Canada

Come celebrate our birthday with us! There will be cake, decorations, and general merriment.

Nov
8
Thu
Q Centre Discussion Group
Nov 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Q Centre is excited to offer bi-weekly discussion groups. Focusing on key topics in the sexual and gender minority community, they will take place every other Thursday at 5:00 pm in the Q Centre. They are open to all members of the campus community and we hope to see you there!
Fall 2018′s Schedule: 
  • September 27th: Queer Families
  • October 11th: Label and Identity in Politics
  • October 25th: Impact of Animals in the Queer Community 
  • November 8th: Inclusivity on Campus 
  • November 22nd: Asexuality 
  • December 6th: Socioeconomic Status and Queerness 
Nov
20
Tue
Q Centre Pride Scholarship Fall Deadline
Nov 20 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

This is the last day to apply for the Q Centre’s Pride Scholarship this Fall!

This scholarship is to recognize exceptional undergraduate students who have taken part in initiatives to serve the LGBTQ+ community both on and off campus, and have shown positive leadership and volunteer capabilities.

Nov
22
Thu
Q Centre Discussion Group
Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Q Centre is excited to offer bi-weekly discussion groups. Focusing on key topics in the sexual and gender minority community, they will take place every other Thursday at 5:00 pm in the Q Centre. They are open to all members of the campus community and we hope to see you there!
Fall 2018′s Schedule: 
  • September 27th: Queer Families
  • October 11th: Label and Identity in Politics
  • October 25th: Impact of Animals in the Queer Community 
  • November 8th: Inclusivity on Campus 
  • November 22nd: Asexuality 
  • December 6th: Socioeconomic Status and Queerness 
Dec
6
Thu
Q Centre Discussion Group
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Q Centre is excited to offer bi-weekly discussion groups. Focusing on key topics in the sexual and gender minority community, they will take place every other Thursday at 5:00 pm in the Q Centre. They are open to all members of the campus community and we hope to see you there!
Fall 2018′s Schedule: 
  • September 27th: Queer Families
  • October 11th: Label and Identity in Politics
  • October 25th: Impact of Animals in the Queer Community 
  • November 8th: Inclusivity on Campus 
  • November 22nd: Asexuality 
  • December 6th: Socioeconomic Status and Queerness 
Mar
18
Mon
Q Centre Pride Scholarship Winter Deadline
Mar 18 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

This is the last day to apply for the Q Centre’s Pride Scholarship this Winter!

This scholarship is to recognize exceptional undergraduate students who have taken part in initiatives to serve the LGBTQ+ community both on and off campus, and have shown positive leadership and volunteer capabilities.

 

Resources

The Students’ Union’s Q Centre is a safe, comfortable and inviting space for the LGBTQA (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer and Ally/Asexual) community at the University of Calgary to come together.  There’s something for everyone here at the Q Centre.  We are a place to study, read up on LGBTQA related issues, talk to a peer support volunteer, take part in group activities or just hang out!

Location: 225C in MacEwan Student Centre.  Open 10am-4pm weekdays during the school year, and closed during the spring and summer.

Contact:  Send us an email at qcentre@ucalgary.ca or give us a call at (403) 220-4460.  Anyone uncomfortable coming into the centre or wants to book a private one-on-one appointment with one of the Coordinators can email outlet@su.ucalgary.ca.

An SU club for everyone at the University of Calgary. Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, Straight, Asexual, Queer, or Questioning, all are welcome! We are proud to have a variety of people from different faculties, backgrounds, and experiences in life, supporting the principle that all people should be treated with dignity whatever their sexual orientation or gender expression. We are always looking for new members to join our group and help with our subcommittees so if you are Student, Staff, or an Ally we have a place for you to feel welcome and to get involved. If you would like to become a member please e-mail us for more info. Queers on Campus is a volunteer run organization; we do our best with the support that we get. The more support the better the organization will become. If you are interested in volunteering, joining the club, or reading our newsletter, please contact us!

Contactqcampus@ucalgary.ca

The SU Wellness Centre is available to registered students, who may experience a wide range of personal, academic and career issues. Counselling is a process of helping you use your own and other resources in answering your questions or solving your dilemmas. Some of the reasons students seek counselling are for personal growth and understanding, relationship concerns, gender identity, sexual orientation, self-esteem or body issues, anxiety, loneliness, family problems, career decisions, difficulties managing school work or exams, just to name a few. Our counsellors have extensive professional training with backgrounds in education, therapy, and communication.

Location:  Room 370 MacEwan Student Centre  http://www.ucalgary.ca/counselling/

Contact(403)210-WELL or 210-9355

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure is the centralized place for diversity and inclusion information at the University of Calgary. It also provides a safe and confidence service for individuals to discuss protected disclosure matters. These include sexual harassment and discrimination.

Location: Administration 116  https://www.ucalgary.ca/odepd/

Contact: (403)220-4439

The Student Ombuds Office offers a safe place for undergraduate and graduate students of the University of Calgary to discuss student related issues, interpersonal conflict, academic and non-academic concerns, and many other problems.

Location: MacKimmie Block, Room 207  http://www.ucalgary.ca/provost/students/ombuds/role

Contact: (403) 220-6420 ombuds@ucalgary.ca

The Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) provides a safe and supportive place to advance women’s equality and build community through sharing, learning and teaching where all experiences are valued, and everyone is offered the resources necessary to make informed choices.  The WRC is trans-inclusive and a space for people of all genders to work toward gender equality.

Located: MacEwan Student Centre 482 http://www.ucalgary.ca/women/

Contact:  (403) 220-8551  women@ucalgary.ca

Below is a listing of gender-neutral restroom facilities on campus. This campaign is still relatively new, so please check back for additions. If you know of a restroom that is not listed, please let us know! For more info, click here.

MULTISTALL

  • MacEwan Student Centre
    • 206W

SINGLE STALL

  • Education Classroom Block
    • 381W
  • Energy Environment Experiential Learning
    • 118W
  • MacEwan Student Centre
    • 277W
    • 293W
    • 366W
    • 367W
    • 368W
    • 369W
    • 377W
    • 378W
    • 487W
    • 489W
  • Professional Faculties
    • 3229W
    • 1223W
    • 1244W
    • 1245W
    • 2247W
  • Science A
    • 131W
    • 133W
  • Science B
    • 113W
  • Scurfield Hall
    • 293W
    • 393W

Links

  • Alberta Trans: Provides resource information and network for trans-related communities in Alberta  with links to groups across Canada.www.albertatrans.org/
  • Alberta Trans Peer Support Group: Currently consists of a Yahoo Group, and an Edmonton group which meets alternating Sundays at the Pride Center. An attempt to develop a Calgary group is currently underway. This forum has been created as a safe haven for Trans related discussions. It is open to Alberta Transsexual, Transgendered, Intersexed, Two-Spirited and Questioning individuals at any point in transition. Contact the group through this Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AlbertaTransPeerSupportNetwork/
  • Calgary Girlfriends: A group for everyone from CD to TS, dedicated to providing the resources and information for you to look good and feel good (especially inside), then to give you an opportunity to get out and face the world. Contact the group through this Yahoo group:http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/adultconf?dest=%2Fgroup%2FCalgary_Girlfriends%2F
  • Calgary Outlink: Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity provides a safe community space equipped with support services, education opportunities, a crisis line, and access to resources.http://calgaryoutlink.ca/1528 16th Avenue SW Phone: 403.234.8973 Email: info@calgaryoutlink.ca
  • Illusions Social Club of Calgary: A transgendered social and support club which meets on the first Friday of every month. The purpose of the Illusions Yahoo Group is to further link these groups by sharing information, supporting one another and discussing TG and Illusions related topics. Contact the group through this Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/illusionssocialclub/
  • Miscellaneous Youth Network(MYN) was created to provide and increase education, support and resources with regards to and for gay, bisexual, lesbian, queer, questioning, two-spirited and transidentified(GBLQQTT) youth and the community through youth friendly gatherings and educational programs.   The MYN runs regular fundraising Drag King shows called “Fake Mustache” to showcase Calgary’s most dashing men .http://www.miscyouth.ca/index.php 403-282-0127
  • New Directions is a drop – in peer support group focused on providing support and resources for individuals or couples who identify with transsexual, transgender, inter-sexed or questioning. http://calgaryoutlink.ca/new-directions-trans-group/1528 16th Avenue SW Phone: 403.234.8973 Email:info@calgaryoutlink.ca

  • American Trans Man provides information on Trans stuff, science stuff and a transmasculine perspectivehttp://americantransman.com/
  •  “Coming out as Transgender” is a resource produced by the Human Rights Campaign toassist in meeting the challenges and opportunities that living authentically can offer to each of us. www.hrc.org/documents/2071_HRC_Coming_Out.pdf
  • Dude Magazine is a Trans Male Zine available online http://dudemagazine.wordpress.com/
  • FtM Internationalserves the female to male community the group by providing educational and informational resources and works to build ftm community around the world. www.ftmi.org/
  • Centre for Gender Sanity has resources and information for people who are transitioning in the workplace as well as a Diagram of Sex and Gender.http://www.gendersanity.com/index.html
  • Gender Talk: hosts Gender Talk Radio and podcast, articles by transgender activists, and a resource page which includes an American nationwide listing of gender-neutral bathrooms. http://gendertalk.com/
  • Intersex Society of North America:Devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female. The website includes an intersex FAQ, recommended reading list, and information about support groups for intersex individuals. http://isna.org/
  • National Centre for Transequality is a Washington Based social justice group working to end discrimination and violence against transgender people. The group is dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment. Information for educators, activists and all those committed to creating inclusive communities. http://transequality.org/
  • Standards of Care for Transgender Health.  (2001) World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorders articulates their organization’s professional consensus about the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical management of gender identity disorders.  Important information for transgender people who will have to deal with the medical community as they take steps such as hormone therapy or sexual reassignment surgery.http://www.wpath.org/publications_standards.cfm
  • Susan’s Place Transgender Resources is a support resource for the transgender community which provides information of use to transsexuals, crossdressers, and their families. Resources available include Chat, Links, Reference Library, Site Reviews, Forums, GRS surgeon reviews, Wiki, and much more.http://www.susans.org/
  • TGLynn’s Place is a site dedicated to improving the lives of MTF and FTM transexual, transgender, intersex and crossdressing brothers and sisters.  Here Lynn lists a review of books about transgender people:http://www.tglynnsplace.com/transgender-books.htm
  •  Transgender Health Program (Vancouver)works to improve the transgender community’s access to quality health and social care. In so doing, they provide health related programming and resources for transgender people and professionals working with transgender people. http://transhealth.vch.ca
  • Transgender Network (TNET) @ PGLAG: Focused specifically on support for transgender people and their parents, families, and friends; education on transgender facts and issues; and advocacy for equal rights for the transgender community at local and national levels. http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=380
  • Transgender Tapestry and the International Foundation for Gender Education: Website includes a variety of trans-related articles, fiction, FAQ, and more. http://ifge.org/
  • Trans-Health: A volunteer-run website providing information on health and fitness for transsexual and transgendered people, including mental health, hormones, and transitioning. http://trans-health.com/
  • Transsexual Road Map:Offers extensive resources about transitioning, coming out, and health.http://www.tsroadmap.com/index.html
  • T-VOX:Aims to provide the most comprehensive advice, information and support website on the internet for genderqueer, intersex, transgender and transsexual people, their friends and their family. The site includes a wiki, forum, chat room, and podcasts. http://t-vox.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

Bornstein, K. (1995) Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us.  Knopf Double Day Publishing Group.

Brown, M. & Rownsley, C. A. (1996). True Selves: Understanding Transexualism for Families, Friends, Coworkers and Helping Professionals. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Feinberg, L. (1996). Transgender warriors: Making history from Joan of Arc to RuPaul. Boston: Beacon Press.

Kailey, M. (2005). Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience. Boston: Beacon Press.

Shaw, M. (year unknown) Reintroductions: A Personal Journey with Michelle Shaw.  Available from Dr. Miles at the Counselling Centre, Room 370 MacEwan Student Centre.

Stuart, E. (1991). The Uninvited Dilemma: A Question of GenderMetamorphous Press.

Ursacki, T. J. & Valentich, M.  A transgendered journey:Workplace and lifestyle management. (2001). DVD. University of Calgary. www.ucalgary.ca/imagecentre. Available at the library at U of C.

Williams, W. (1992). Spirit and the flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture.  Boston: Beacon Press.

In June 2017, the university approved the stand-alone sexual violence policy, a critical element of our work to creating a safe campus environment where sexual harassment and sexual violence is never tolerated. One of the key elements of the sexual violence policy is the addition of the sexual violence support advocate (SVSA), an individual who provides confidential one-on-one support, education and guidance on the reporting process, training on responding to disclosures and supporting survivors, and advocacy to all members of the university community.

Location: MB 204C

Contact: Carla Bartsch <svsa@ucalgary.ca> – (403) 220-2208

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