Connecting with the LGBTQ2IA+ Community
Here at the University of Guelph, there are students, alumni, faculty, and staff who are part of the LGBTQ2IA+ community. In Student Life, we use this acronym to refer to anyone with diverse sexual orientations and/or gender identities, as well as those who are questioning them. It stands for lesbian; gay; bisexual, biromantic & bigender; trans; queer & questioning; 2-spirit; intersex; asexual, aromantic & agender; and the plus is for all other identities, because we know there are many!
Different groups, departments, and organisations on campus may use different acronyms for the sexual and gender diverse community, or perhaps the term queer, since many have reclaimed it as a unifying identity.
If you are an incoming student who is also part of this community, has family or friends who are, or want to support it, there are many resources to help ensure you feel accepted and included at the University of Guelph. If, during your time here, you ever experience anything to the contrary, the Office of Diversity & Human Rights (DHR) is here to administer UoG policies pertaining to human rights, and should be contacted immediately. The University prides itself on upholding these values, and there are many groups and organisations that aim to encourage them.
There are ways you can get involved with these campus groups that are LGBTQ2IA+-specific. The first is useful before you even arrive at the University: social media! See the links below for more information on each resource. The second is Orientation Week – a great way to meet other members of the Guelph LGBTQ2IA+ community. Be sure to have a look in your O-Guide once you get here for all events you might be interested in. You can also stop by the Student Life front desk—3rd floor of the University Centre via the South Elevators—and pick up a brochure called “LGBTQ2IA+ Support & Resources”.
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Here are the websites of those LGBTQ2IA+ focused groups at/in Guelph:
- CampOUT, a confidential, yet welcoming bi-weekly meet-up for students who are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, or who are coming out
- Guelph Queer Equality (GQE), a student group aimed at building community through social events and opportunities
- Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment & Diversity (GRCGED) - a feminist group providing a comfortable community space, library resources, education and support from volunteers and staff, etc.
- OUTline, the University’s support resource for all things sexual orientation and gender identity; they also run Ask OUTline, an anonymous Q&A-style blog
- OUTline ONline, an anonymous online chatline staffed by volunteers trained and have firsthand experience in the coming out process
- Office of Diversity and Human Rights
In the Community
- Gender Intersect, a community group for trans and genderqueer folks which hosts monthly meet-ups
- HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH) HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH) provides care, treatment and prevention services in the area of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted blood-borne infections
- Out on the Shelf (OOTS), a community library and social space for LGBTQ2IA+ people; they also run monthy meet-ups and Guelph Pride