- U of T works hard to provide a welcoming and supportive community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer students.
The LGBTQ community at U of T is large and welcoming so if you’re thinking of coming “out” or need to talk – don’t hesitate to seek help from our many resources, such as the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office, the Positive Space Campaign, the Sexual Harassment Office and the Sexual Diversity Studies Student Union.
The Sexual and Gender Diversity Office
The Sexual and Gender Diversity Office offers support and information to students who are “out” or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. The office also works with students, faculty and staff to provide:
- Training and education on issues related to sexual diversity
- Events and programs for the LGBTQ community at U of T, including participation in Toronto’s annual Pride festival
- The hate incident reporting program
- Anti-heterosexist programming
The Positive Space Campaign
The Positive Space Campaign challenges the patterns of silence that continue to marginalize LGBTQ individuals. Look for the Positive Space symbol — an inverted rainbow triangle sticker — around campus to find people who are supportive of LBGTQ students. If you have a problem, feel free to approach them. Even if they don’t have all the answers, they can refer you to appropriate resources.
The Sexual Harassment Office
The Sexual Harassment Office handles harassment complaints based on sex or sexual orientation and provides guides for undergraduate and graduate students. If you decide to contact the office:
- You can make an appointment to meet the sexual harassment officer, or you can discuss your concerns over the phone.
- You can bring a support person or representative to your meetings.
- You can obtain a copy of the university’s Sexual Harassment Policy and other resource materials.
- You can find out how the complaint process works.
- You can rest assured that contact with the Office is confidential. The complaint process is also confidential, and if you decide to make a formal complaint, continuing to maintain confidentiality is essential.
- You get to decide whether to go forward with a complaint, not the sexual harassment officer.