2SLGBTQ+ Collaborative


Emerging from discussions between Human Rights & Equity Services (HRES), DalOUT and South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre, the 2SLGBTQ+ Collaborative (Collaborative+) is a forum for communication between, and collaboration among, campus stakeholder groups engaged in efforts to foster a climate of respect and inclusion for 2SLGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty. 

Through sharing of information, resources, and strategic educational programs and initiatives, this Collaborative+ aims to increase awareness of support services for 2SLGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff, and strengthen educational programming for all campus community members.

The Collaborative+ is a place for campus community members involved in 2SLGBTQ+ related work to create communities of support and to build personal and organizational capacity to influence 2SLGBTQ+ positive shifts in the campus climate.  

COLLABORATIVE+ MEMBERS

2SLGBTQ+ Advisor

The 2SLGBTQ+ Advisor (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and any non-normative identities) supports students through 1-1 advising, group programming, and campus-wide educational events to create a student experience that is meaningful and facilitates a sense of belonging.

When to reach out:

The 2SLGBTQ+ Advisor, Olivia Fader, is available for appointments for any reason, large or small. This includes:

  • Accessing and referrals to gender affirming care
  • Seeking support around name or gender marker changes at Dalhousie (or provincially) 
  • Navigating any of the services at Dalhousie
  • Advocacy for matters related to identity or gender expression
  • Talking about your experiences, including any barriers you may be facing (academic, wellness, belonging, etc.)
  • Discussing any program or service ideas you may have, or any opportunities to collaborate
  • Identifying gaps in supports for students 
  • And more!

Contact info and office hours:

Located in the Student Accessibility Centre (Killam Library, Room G25). 8:30a.m. to 4p.m., Monday through Friday.

Appointments can be booked online. Students can also contact Olivia at 2slgbtq+advising@dal.ca or (902) 494-6947.

If you’re unavailable for appointments during our office hours, Olivia is happy to find an alternative time to meet with you. Appointments can also be held elsewhere on campus.

Centre for Learning and Teaching

The Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) works in partnership with academic units, faculty members, and graduate students to enhance the practice and scholarship of learning and teaching at Dalhousie University. We seek to encourage and facilitate diversity in both teaching methods and inclusivity in student learning. Throughout the year, CLT offers a range of workshops, and are always open to putting forth programming that is of interest to the Dalhousie Community.

As of right now, programming of CLT that supports and reflects the 2SLGBTQ+ community has been requested specifically by students and faculty within the community, or of interest to the staff, in collaboration with other 2SLGBTQ+ groups on campus. We are working towards a future for the Centre that incorporates even more opportunities for 2SLGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty, as well as the greater Dalhousie community, to share knowledge, understand experiences, and create an inclusive environment, in and outside of the classroom. 

Location:
G90, Killam Library
6225 University Avenue
Halifax, NS
B3H 4H8

Contact:
Dr. Jill Marie McSweeney, PhD (Educational Developer, Graduate Studies)
Jill.McSweeney@Dal.Ca

Dalhousie Agriculture Campus

OUT Truro (Dal OUTT)

DalOUTT is a social club on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/442895672495117/

 

Dalhousie Student Union

Stay tuned for info!

DalOUT

DalOUT is Dalhousie’s LGBTQ2SIA+ student society within the Dalhousie Student Union, run for and by student of queer and trans communities. They provide education, advocacy, social programming, monetary support and peer support initiatives to queer and trans students on campus.

For updates, like our page on Facebook

Office Location:
Basement, Student Union Building
6136 University Avenue
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Contact: dalout@dal.ca

Get REAL

Get REAL strives to utilize the power of personal stories to provide youth and adults with a powerful and resonating education on the impact of language surrounding LGBTQ+ discrimination and understanding that everyone has a voice to be heard and a story to tell. Get REAL is driven by the values of kindness, positivity, honesty and acceptance and aims to portray and instill those in all its endeavors.

We like to think of ourselves as a big quirky family, and we are open to anyone and everyone who embodies what we stand for. Email us to get involved!

Email: GetREAL@dal.ca 

Human Rights & Equity Services

Human Rights & Equity Services is a key contributor in Dalhousie's mission to create a more inclusive learning and working environment. We strive to foster and support a community that is diverse, respectful, and equitable for all students, faculty, and staff.

Human Rights & Equity Services is responsible for:
- Receiving, responding to, and resolving complaints related to human rights, harassment, and conflict management among members of the university community
- Developing educational materials on topics related to human rights, diversity, and inclusion, as well as facilitating open, informative dialogue with students, faculty, and staff about these issues
- We provide confidential service to members of the Dalhousie community seeking advice, support, and conflict resolution related to harassment or discrimination. 


MacDonald Building, 4th floor
6300 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2

Phone: (902) 494-6672 
EmailHRES@dal.ca

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(The office is closed from 12-1pm for lunch)

OUTLaw

OUTLaw is a network of LGBTIQQ2SA* students and allies that are anti-oppressive, anti-racist, trans-inclusive, feminist, social justice-oriented queer organization. We aim to create a safe space for productive discussion that respects and values the experiences of members. OUTLaw strives to advance the rights of LGBTIQQ2SA* people. 

OUTLaw fulfills this mandate by working with students, societies, and broader community organizations to raise awareness about sexual rights with a focus on systemic inequalities and their impact on LGBTIQQ2SA* communities- particularly those who are most marginalized. 

OUTLaw is a safer space for students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and relationship structures.

Email: schulich.outlaw@gmail.com

Queer Faculty & Staff Caucus

Mission: To ensure 2SLGBTQ+ faculty and staff have a safe and welcoming learning and work environment within which to flourish and support one another.

Vision: To have an inclusive campus for all.

Mandate: to provide a safe and welcoming venue for 2SLGBTQ+ faculty and staff to have a voice on campus. Also, to promote equity and inclusion for LGBTQI+ faculty.

Language used by the Queer Faculty & Staff Caucus is: LGBTQ+, LGBT, pride, LGBTQ2SIA+, ally, etc. LGBTQI+

To connect with the Queer Faculty & Staff Caucus Email: QFSC@dal.ca

   

South House and Gender Resources Centre

South House (SoHo) is Halifax’s only full time gender justice centre. The South House is a volunteer driven, student funded, physically accessible, gender inclusive safe space for ALL members of our community.

The South House is a trans-and queer-positive space and are proud to offer a wheelchair accessible space. They offer a resource centre, library, and free meeting space for woman-positive and anti-oppression organizing and gathering.

If you’d like to become a volunteer, contact the Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@southhousehalifax.ca.

Location
South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre
1443 Seymour Street
Halifax, NS
B3H 3M6

South House is located around the side entrance, accessible by ramp, underneath the Dalhousie Faculty Association.

Phone:
 (902) 494-2432
Hours: 10am-4pm Monday-Friday

Contact Information:
Outreach Coordinator:
 outreach@southhousehalifax.ca

Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator:
 volunteer@southhousehalifax.ca

Board: board@southhousehalifax.ca

2SLGBTQIA+ HEALTH SERVICES

2SLGBTQIA+ Health Services

What steps is Health Services taking to become more welcoming to LGBTQ students?
Dalhousie Student Health Services has always tried to create a safe and comfortable environment for everyone using our services, including those of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. When you access our services, we hope that you will feel sure that your confidentiality is maintained in a warm and accepting atmosphere and that we are knowledgeable about and accepting of the many ways in which sexual preference and gender identity might impact your health and well being.

In recent months we have been developing new skills and services specifically developed for the Trans community. This ongoing work includes:

  1. Training for medical providers and staff, including the ability to initiate and maintain cross-hormone therapy (letter of readiness not needed) and provide letters of readiness for gender reaffirming surgery (this includes the letter required from a family doctor only). The assessments will be completed by our Social Worker Hazel Ling in conjunction with Dr. Andrea or Dr. Mallory. Dr. Andrea and Dr. Mallory can prescribe appropriate medication following completion of the assessment and provide referrals for surgery.
  2. The identification of specific medical providers who are working on developing expertise in trans health issues and who have expressed a particular interest in working with trans students.
  3. Training for medical assistants and schedulers.
  4. A comprehensive review of our services, including paperwork, signs and posters in the building, and the Health Services and Health Promotion websites, to identify areas for improvement.

Any students wanting supports navigating health services can contact the 2SLGBTQ+ Advisor, Olivia Fader at 2slgbtq+advising@dal.ca or (902) 494-6947.

 

Tips for your visit to Student Health Services

  • Prepare for your visit: Health professionals will personalize their assessment based on their abilities and their knowledge of you. Common topics you will talk about include medical history (both physical and mental), alcohol and drug involvement, smoking, family and social relationships, sexual orientation and practices, economic considerations and gender concerns, and body parts and symptoms (specific to the reason you are coming into the clinic)
  • Come with written questions: While all of our clinicians receive are informed around inclusive health care, it is important to choose a clinician you feel comfortable with and try to make all appointments with this provider
  • Talk open and honestly with the health care providers and staff about your identity, and if someone miss-identifies you, please correct them. We don’t want to make the same mistakes twice. It is ok to say “My name I go by is____” or "My pronouns are ”She/he/ze, etc.”.
  • Keep your medical records (lab work or other tests and procedures, medications, immunizations, a record of all the health clinics you go to in case you have to contact them in the future, etc.)
  • Give us feedback! We encourage you to email your feedback to thenurse@dal.ca

About Nova Scotia Legislation

For several years sexual orientation has been included in the human rights legislation. In recent years, it has been expanded to include Trans related concerns.

In December 2012, Nova Scotia revised its Human Rights Act to include “gender identity” and “gender expression” as prohibited grounds of discrimination and harassment.

On April 1st, 2014, the Department of Health and Wellness announced that it will grant coverage to trans-identified patients for 8 types of surgeries. They include: mastectomy, oophorectomy, hysterectomy, penectomy, orchiectomy, phalloplasty, metoitioplasty and vaginoplasty. However, these surgeries are not performed within Nova Scotia, and will require travel to other clinics.

Nova Scotians would be allowed to display on their birth certificate the gender they identify with, regardless of whether they had sex reassignment surgery, under legislation introduced April 8, 2015.

Amendments to the Vital Statistics Act include:

  • Eliminating the requirement for sex reassignment surgery to change the sex designation on a birth certificate
  • Requiring a self-declaration from the applicant stating that they have assumed, identify with, and intend to live in a gender identity that corresponds with the desired sex designation
  • Requiring a letter of support from a person with a professional designation as defined in regulation (like a doctor, nurse, social worker or psychologist)
  • Requiring minors under 16 to have parental consent. The letter of support must be from a doctor or psychologist that has treated or evaluated the applicant and must include a professional opinion that the minor is able to understand the impact of the decision.

Resources

Pride Health (Capital Health)
The Youth Project
Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project
Nova Scotia Legislature Bill No. 140: Transgendered Persons Protection Act

Please note that the contents of external sites may not necessarily reflect the views of The Transgender Project.

All Gender Restrooms

To find Accessible and All-Gender washrooms across all four Dalhousie Campuses please visit the Dalhousie Washroom Map. All-Gender washrooms are identified by a yellow toilet symbol and the accessible washrooms are identified by the blue accessible symbol. Here you will also locate accessible building entrances and the floor level where the washrooms are located on.

A full list of All-Gender Washrooms can also be viewed on the Dal Mobile app. To find them, open the app, tap the building icon (🏛️) at the bottom of your screen, then tap the tile labelled “Campus Maps”. The category of “All-Gender Washrooms” is marked with a red “ⓘ” symbol. If you tap on a particular washroom’s address, you will be taken to your phone’s Maps app and will get exact directions from your current location.

Below is a text listing of All-Gender Washrooms by Campus.  

Agricultural Campus

Building Name

Level

Room #

Agricultural Cox Institute

1

171

Agricultural Cox Institute

2

271

Agricultural Cox Institute

3

371

Banting Annex

2

202

Canadian Centre For Fur Animal Research

1

14

Canadian Centre For Fur Animal Research

1

17

Chute Animal Nutrition Centre

1

106

Collins Building

1

107

Collins Building

1

108

Collins Building

B

003

Crop Development Institute

B

B03

Cumming Hall

2

209

Cumming Hall

2

209

Cumming Hall

B

032

Daycare

2

202

Dewolfe House

1

101B

Dewolfe House

1

101C

Humanities House

1

105

International House

2

204

Macrae Library

2

230

Macrae Library

2

237

Macrae Library

2

239

Rural Research Centre

1

3

The Friends Of The Garden Building

1

104

Tree House

1

105

Carleton Campus

Building Name

Level

Room #

Burbidge

3

WR02

Burbidge

B

WR02

Collaborative Health Education Building

1

C103

Collaborative Health Education Building

2

C203

Collaborative Health Education Building

3

C303

Collaborative Health Education Building

5

C503

Clinical Research Centre

01

C-W110

Clinical Research Centre

01

C-W111

Clinical Research Centre

02

C-W210

Clinical Research Centre

02

C-W211

Dentistry

02

2122

Forrest

1

WR01

Forrest

2

WR02

Forrest

G

W01

LSRI-South Tower

1

S188

LSRI-South Tower

1

S189

LSRI-South Tower

1

S190

Tupper Building

02L

2LWR01

Tupper Building

02L

2LWR02

Tupper Building

SB

SBW01

Sexton Campus

Building Name

Level

Room #

B Building

3

B313A

F Building

B

B017

F Building

B

B015

F.H. Sexton Memorial Gym

1

J120

F.H. Sexton Memorial Gym

1

J122/4

Hart House-K Building

3

K305

Hart House-K Building

B

K006

Hart House-K Building

B

K007

Industrial Engineering & Continued Education

1

WR01

Industrial Engineering & Continued Education

1

WR02

Industrial Engineering & Continued Education

2

WR01

Industrial Engineering & Continued Education

2

WR02

Industrial Engineering & Continued Education

3

WR01

Industrial Engineering & Continued Education

3

WR02

Industrial Engineering & Continued Education

G

WR01

Industrial Engineering & Continued Education

G

WR02

Industrial Engineering & Continued Education Addition

2

WR03

Industrial Engineering & Continued Education Addition

2

WR04

Ira Macnab-A Building

3

A301B

Moren House-L Building

2

L205

Moren House-L Building

3

L304

Moren House-L Building

B

L006

M.M. O'Brien Hall-M Building

1

121

M.M. O'Brien Hall-M Building

2

224

M.M. O'Brien Hall-M Building

2

227

M.M. O'Brien Hall-M Building

3

324

M.M. O'Brien Hall-M Building

3

327

M.M. O'Brien Hall-M Building

4

424

M.M. O'Brien Hall-M Building

4

427

M.M. O'Brien Hall-M Building

5

524

M.M. O'Brien Hall-M Building

5

527

M.M. O'Brien Hall-M Building

6

624

M.M. O'Brien Hall-M Building

6

627

N Building

2

N211

Ralph M Medjuck Building

1

HB17A

Richard Murray Design Building

3

3101

Richard Murray Design Building

3

3102

Sexton House-E Building

1

E105

Sexton House-E Building

2

E202

Sexton House-E Building

3

E302

Studley Campus

Building Name

Level

Room #

6414 Coburg Road- International Oceans Institute

1

109

6414 Coburg Road- International Oceans Institute

2

204

6420 Coburg Road - Research Facilities

1

105

6420 Coburg Road - Research Facilities

2

203

1321 Edward St

1

109

1321 Edward St

2

210

1376 Lemarchant St - European Studies

1

107

1376 Lemarchant St - European Studies

2

208

1390 Lemarchant St - APICS, Science Co-op

2

2WR01

1390 Lemarchant St - APICS, Science Co-op

B

BWR02

1400 Lemarchant St - Transition Year Program

1

18

1400 Lemarchant St - Transition Year Program

2

26

1308 Robie St

1

105

1308 Robie St

2

205

1312 Robie St

1

110

1318 Robie St

2

2WR01

1322 Robie St

1

106

1322 Robie St

2

205

1443 Seymour St

2

2WR01

1443 Seymour St

B

03

6220 University Ave - Economics

B

BWR01

6214 University Ave - Economics

1

B15

6220 University Ave - Economics

1

1WR01

6206 University Ave - Economics

2

2WR01

Arts Centre

2

2WR03

Arts Centre

2

2WR04

Chase Building

01

1WR02

Chase Building

02

2WR01

Chase Building

03

3WR01

Chemistry

5

5WR01

Chemistry

5

5WR02

Dalplex

1

1WR01

Dalplex

1

1WR03

Dalplex

1

1WR05

Dalplex

2

236

Dalplex

2

2WR02

Dalplex

2

2WR03

Dalplex

3

3WR04

Fountain School of Performing Arts

3

3008

Fitness Centre

1

1014

Fitness Centre

1

1039

Fitness Centre

1

1040

Fitness Centre

2

2023

Fitness Centre

2

2038

Fitness Centre

2

2039

Goldberg Computer Science Building

G

006

Goldberg Computer Science Building

G

007

Health & Human Performance

1

1WR01

Health & Human Performance

2

2WR01

Health & Human Performance

B

BWR01

Henry Hicks Academic Administration

1

1WR01A

Lemarchant Place

1

1122

Lemarchant Place

1

1300D

Lemarchant Place

1

1410

Killam Library

1

G132

Killam Library

1

G28F

Killam Library

2

2WR05

Killam Library

5

5633

Killam Library

5

5634

Kenneth C Rowe Management

2

2142

Kenneth C Rowe Management

2

2143

Kenneth C Rowe Management

3

3142

Kenneth C Rowe Management

3

3143

Kenneth C Rowe Management

4

4142

Kenneth C Rowe Management

4

4143

Kenneth C Rowe Management

5

5142

Kenneth C Rowe Management

5

5143

LSC Oceanography Tower

O5

O5WR01

LSC Oceanography Tower

O5

O5WR02

Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences

1

1101

Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences

1

1199

Macdonald Building

1

1WR01

Macdonald Building

3

3WR01

Mona Campbell Building

1

1100

Mona Campbell Building

B

B016

Mona Campbell Building

B

B017

Security Services House

1

103

Seymour St 1435

1

106

Seymour St 1435

2

208

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

1

105

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

1

107

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

2

204

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

2

205

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

2

207

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

3

304

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

3

305

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

3

307

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

4

404

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

4

405

Steele Ocean Sciences Building

4

407

Student Union Building

1

117B

Student Union Building

3

3WR01

Student Union Building

3

3WR03

Student Union Building

3

358

Studley Gymnasium

1

1WR01

Sir James Dunn Building

1

1WR03

Sir James Dunn Building

2

2WR01

Sir James Dunn Building

2

2WR02

Sir James Dunn Building

B

BWR01

Sir James Dunn Building

B

BWR02

Wallace Mccain Learning Common

2

269

Wallace Mccain Learning Common

2

270

Weldon Law Building

03

3WR01

Weldon Law Building

04

W454A

Weldon Law Building

04

W454B