We're queer, we're here: Queer and trans visibility at UBC
Here at UBC, we strive to build an inclusive community that welcomes people of all genders and sexual identities.
We work to build Positive Spaces on campus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary), two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBT2SQIA+) students, staff, and faculty.
A time of discovery
We recognize that familiarizing yourself with a new campus environment as an LGBT2SQIA+ identified student may be overwhelming. However, university is a great time to explore and grow into your identity and learn more about yourself. At UBC, there are resources and spaces available to support your journey of self discovery.
Being an ally
If you’re someone who doesn’t identify as LGBT2SQIA+, these terms and communities might be new to you. We invite you to act in allyship to queer and trans folks and explore these resources to help build a Positive Space on campus. The following image breaks down what each of the letters in LGBT2SQIA+ means. This may be a good place to start.
Positive Space at UBC
The Positive Space Campaign is an initiative intended to make UBC welcoming to sexually and gender diverse staff, faculty, and students. The campaign also addresses issues from intolerance to inclusion on campus. Its aim is to build a welcoming atmosphere and promote inclusive dialogue for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities by identifying spaces where sexual and gender diversity is supported and valued.
Here are some highlights of places and groups that are contributing to the development of Positive Spaces on campus:
The UBC Aquatic Centre
The new UBC Aquatic Centre provides a universal change room that welcomes all genders. It includes private change cubicles and private washroom/shower stalls as well as lockers. The universal change room is also intended for parents to bring children of all genders into the common room, and people with disabilities who have an attendant of a different gender.
Gender Inclusive Washrooms
This map provides a list of publicly accessible, single-stall, gender-inclusive washrooms at UBC’s Vancouver campus.
Pride UBC is an AMS student resource group that offers educational and social services dealing with sexual and gender diversity at UBC. Pride UBC supports students who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, asexual, queer, questioning, intersex, those who do not identify, and allies. They are open to folks from all racial, ethnic, class, (dis)ability, and age backgrounds.
The Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) is part of the AMS, the Student Society at UBC Vancouver. SASC is committed to educating, supporting, and empowering people of all genders who are survivors of sexualized violence as well as their friends and family. The SASC recognizes that people of any gender identity or expression, especially those who face multiple forms of marginalization, can experience and be affected by sexual violence. They are open to folks from all racial, ethnic, class, (dis)ability, and age backgrounds.
Gears and Queers
Gears and Queers is a club comprised of LGBTQ+ engineers and allies. They are dedicated to creating an open, accepting space for queer engineering students at UBC through diversity programming, advocacy, and social opportunities. Geers and Queers is open to all people regardless of romantic and/or sexual orientation or gender identity.
CiTR’s Gender Empowerment Collective
CiTR’s Gender Empowerment Collective is a group of folks who host a radio show called Babe Waves. At CiTR 101.9FM, UBC’s on-campus radio station, the Gender Empowerment Collective aims to uplift voices, issues, concerns, and experiences of women, transgender, intersex, Two-Spirit, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and genderfluid folks and allies. No radio experience is required and all are welcome to join.
As you journey on a path of self discovery, it’ll take time to find your community - and that is okay. Be patient with yourself and move at your own pace. Remember, there are lots of resources and spaces made available to support you. You’re not alone in this journey!