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Open Door Network

Against Homophobia, Lesbophobia, Transphobia

How can I contribute to the Open Door Network and/or address gender diversity and sexual orientation at Vanier College and in my community?

Educate yourself and others

  • Read relevant books and articles about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, inter-sex and queer (LGBTTTIQ) concerns and issues
  • Participate in workshops and events on sexual orientation and gender diversity
  • Participate in Open Door Network workshops and events
  • View films that provide relevant information on LGBTTTIQ issues
  • Encourage the visibility of LGBTTTIQ individuals by integrating issues of sexual orientation and gender diversity into your classroom, team, club, or activity
  • Use inclusive language and provide examples that are relevant to sexual orientation and gender diversity
  • Explore what the City of Montreal has to offer:

Act

  • Treat homophobia as seriously as you would any form of prejudice or discrimination
  • Distribute Open Door Network pamphlets and other materials that promote awareness of the existence of LGBTTIQ individuals and the problems they face
  • Let others know that jokes and negative remarks of a homophobic nature are unacceptable to you and within Vanier College
  • Support campus equity initiatives, programs and groups working for change
  • Organize and volunteer at Open Door Network events and activities
  • Report vandalism, threats and acts of violence towards LGBTTTIQ individuals to Campus Security, the Open Door Network and to the Human Rights Office
  • Challenge homophobic and gender role stereotypes
  • Contact your municipal, provincial and federal political representative and ask how he/she supports gender diversity and sexual orientation initiatives

Change

  • Don’t automatically assume that all people are heterosexual
  • Challenge others when they use derogatory language towards LGBTTTIQ persons
  • Think about how prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender diversity affect your relationships with others
  • Think about how prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender diversity affect people who are stigmatized and marginalized
  • Share your learning with friends, family and colleagues
  • Check out the available resources at the Library, Student Services, the Learning Centre, and the Human Rights Office.
  • Join the Vanier College students’ club Unity in Diversity: unity.in.diversity@live.com
With many thanks to Positive Space, Mount Royal College, Alberta