Gender and Sexual Diversity
Safety, inclusion and accessibility is a priority for all students. TRU is working towards advocacy and anti-discrimination efforts for the 2SLGBTQPIA+ community on campus and beyond.
No matter how you identify in regards to the gender identity or sexuality spectrum - which includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer/questioning and two-spirit (2SLGBTQPIA+) individuals - whether you are questioning, curious, coming out or letting someone in – Student Services can offer a space for support, discussion and reflection.
The Wellness Centre
The Wellness Centre strives to build a respectful and welcoming environment for all students, staff and faculty. The team aims to enhance well-being and foster a sense of community through one-to-one health consultations, workshops, and campus-wide events. The team acknowledges and recognizes that every person has a right to assess and determine their own sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression. Individuals of any and all genders, including gender non-conforming or gender expansive folks are invited to visit this safe and inclusive space to participate in the wide array of educational programming.
The Counselling office is a respectful, safe and affirming atmosphere for students of all races, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religions, age, culture and socioeconomic status. Individual counselling sessions can help find solutions and develop coping strategies for stress, anxiety, depression, grief and other personal issues.
Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response
The Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response office recognizes that because of ongoing discrimination and oppression, 2SLGBTQPIA+ people may experience higher rates of poverty, stigma and marginalization. This may place members of the 2SLGBTQPIA+ community at higher risk of experiencing sexualized violence and additional harm while attempting to seek support and/or justice.
Regardless of when the violence occurred or whether a victim/survivor is interested is any formal reporting processes, the Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Manager (SVPRM) can provide the following:
- Emotional support and safety planning
- Academic accommodations and emergency housing
- Information about reporting options
- Support through reporting processes if desired
- Connection to campus and community resources
- Support to those providing care to victim/survivors
If you make an appointment, you are welcome to bring a support person. You do not have to disclose an experience of violence in order to connect, and curious parties are welcome to pop by and ask questions without divulging personal experiences.
If you would like to provide any feedback or work alongside the SVPR team to develop safer services and programming, please contact Amber Huva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response.
Additional resources: Rainn.org: LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence
The Office of Student Affairs advises and assists students on academic integrity, academic appeals, harassment and discrimination, sexual or gender-based violence, emergencies, and student non-academic misconduct. Case Managers also support with personal hardship, financial crisis, emergency housing and guide students to inclusive resources. They can also assist with updates regarding name changes on institutional documentation.
The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy is a religious and spiritual resource encouraging thoughtful reflection and dialogue. Chaplains can provide religious and spiritual care for the diverse membership of the TRU community.
All Gender Washrooms
All gender washrooms are essential to ensuring that campus feels welcoming, accessible and safe. Access to private washrooms decreases fear and anxiety and allows any individual — no matter their gender identity or expression — the autonomy to choose whichever space suits best. Find a list of washroom on our Inclusive and Accessible Spaces page.
TRUSU Pride and Queer Connections
TRUSU Pride and Queer Connections are two 2SLGBTQPIA+ supports available to students that fall under the TRU Student Union. TRUSU Pride provides an array of programming, events, and resources year-round, and Queer Connections offers opportunities for students to connect through a range of activities such as movie nights, crafting projects, and more! Visit their websites and check out their social media on Instagram @trusupride for more info.
Kamloops Pride offers all kinds of social gatherings like Beers for Queers, Espresso Yourself and Pride Choir. Pride Week takes place annually every August. There are also opportunities to engage as a volunteer or as a board member.
Foundry is a province-wide network of integrated health and wellness services specifically focused on support for individuals aged 12-24. Visit their website to see if any of their services might be a good fit for you.
Safe Spaces is a service for youth up to 26 years of age who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two spirit, queer or questioning and their allies.
Trans* Lifeline - Suicide Hotline is Canada’s only crisis and peer-operated hotline that is staffed by trans* people and intended specifically for trans* people. This service strives to connect trans* people with the community, resources, and services they need to find relief, support, and assistance.
Orchards Walk Medical Clinic
Orchards Walk Medical Clinic has a specific team consisting of a family physician, nurse practitioner, clinical counsellor, and registered nurse who work together to provide gender-affirming and primary care services for the 2SLGBTQPIA+ community.
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Canada is a national non-profit organization that brings together family and friends of 2SLGBTQPIA+ people. The Kamloops chapter, headed by Jim and Grace, will be meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month. For more information on time and location, call 1-888-530-6777 or email email@example.com.
Interior Community Services Safe Spaces Program
Interior Community Services Safe Spaces Program provides drop-in appointments, outreach, support, referrals to other services, weekly peer group meetings as well as as resource lending library. The organization also offers sexuality and gender workshops for community service providers and school groups.
MOSAIC - I Belong
Based out of Burnaby, but providing programs and support via phone and online, MOSAIC - I Belong offers group and one-on-one support services for 2SLGBTQPIA+ immigrant newcomers.
Being an ally of the 2SLGBTQPIA+ community requires action, visibility and reflection. Allyship is an ongoing work in progress — and it's an inside job.
- Recognize your privileges and internalized biases.
- Acknowledge the intersectional aspects of race, class and religion and understand
- how that can impact an individual's ability to "come out."
- Question or call out homophobic or transphobic rhetoric, commentary and humour.
- Avoid assumptions about sexual or gender identity.
- Ask which pronoun a person uses (but don’t ask what the preference is)
- Consider the individual’s safety — never out someone.
- Resist the urge to encourage an individual to come out before they are ready, as
- there might be internal and external factors you don't understand.
- Use gender-inclusive terms: “Hello, friends” or “Good Morning, all.”
- Study 2SLGBTQPIA+ history before attending Pride events, as understanding context
- is essential when you are a guest in queer spaces.
You Can Play Project
Locker rooms should be safe and sports venues should be free from homophobia. Athletes should be judged on talent, heart and work ethic, not sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The You Can Play Project ensures that 2SLGBTQPIA+ athletes and allies teaming up for respect. TRU WolfPack contributed with their own message to ensure that student-athletes are supported on and off the field.
Know Your Rights
A Toolkit for 2SLGBTQPIA+ Folks in Navigating Youth, Healthcare and Criminal Justice Issues. Know Your Rights is a collaborative project between the Kamloops Pride Association and Pro Bono Students Canada, Thompson Rivers University Law School chapter.Learn more
As TRU continues to expand its supports, initiatives, and resources for 2SLGBTQPIA+ students, we would like to provide an opportunity for direct input on potentially important areas of focus. Though these suggestions may be subject to capacity, accessibility, and prioritization, we welcome any suggestions as a channel for direct engagement with this process! Share your thoughts with us below.Give us your thoughts