OCASI Positive Spaces Initiative Workshop


Toronto North Local Immigration Partnership and OCASI Positive Spaces Initiative are pleased to invite you to the workshop on Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQ Newcomer Communities on September 25th, 2012 from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. (location TBC).

After this workshop, you will have a better understanding of:

  • Terminology and language (defining LGBTQ Communities)
  • Identities and multiple oppression
  • Who is the LGBTQ newcomer
  • The lack of support that LGBTQ people often face
  • Connecting LGBTQ realities and needs to what they already do as settlement workers (providing relevant service)
  • Positive and Negatives Spaces
  • Next steps for your organization
  • Being an ally

Positive Spaces are welcoming environments where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ) +  newcomers are able to access culturally inclusive services with dignity and respect and service providers can work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The strength of Positive Spaces is in creating an environment which strives to understand the overlapping and intersecting nature of our communities.

While gains have been made regarding LGBTQ inclusion within our society, discrimination, stigma and silence surrounding the issues still exist. We strive to create Positive Spaces in order to acknowledge the rich diversity that exists in our communities and to continue to foster the development of inclusive spaces.

The Positive Spaces Initiative encourage training, education, leadership and resource sharing to support LGBTQ newcomers, staff, volunteers and community members to fully participate in communities. By helping to create inclusive spaces, you are demonstrating your commitment to visibly welcome diversity. You are also ensuring that everyone has the chance to access service in a safe, welcoming environment, which is a human right.

Everyone can work to create Positive Spaces by challenging homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism. 

Kindly RSVP by sending a brief message (indicating your full name, position, organization and contact information) to Elmira Galiyeva at Elmira@torontonorthlip.ca