Event: Halloween Drag Fright

LGBTOUT is excited to announce our first Halloween Drag Fright!

Where: Hart House, Debates Room
When: Friday, November 4th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Entry: Free
Note: This space is accessible to wheelchairs and scooters

Spend an evening at Hart House as we celebrate and say goodbye to Halloween in style with drag queens and kings.

If you wish to perform, this is the perfect opportunity! You do not need experience, just follow the link below to register:


We will also have a few special guests performing. Stay tuned to find out who they are!

The night promises to be one twisted with horrors and thrills, November isn’t going to stop us from having a spooky night. See you soon 😉


Volunteer at our Drop-In Centre!

Fall 2013 Volunteer Application Form and Information
LGBTOUT DROP Application Form

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at the LGBTOUT* Drop-In Centre!

The Drop-In Centre (DIC) is the face of the LGBTOUT Centre and is a unique feature at the University of Toronto.  We provide a safe space that is accessible to queer, trans, questioning, and allied students on campus.  Located on the St. George campus, the Drop-In Centre is open to all U of T students past and present.

The DIC is a resource space offering peer (not professional) support to students in crisis or simply in need of friendly, informative, non-judgemental and sex-positive support.  It also exists as an avenue for education.  Our aim is not only to inform our communities, but to make an impression upon the public at large and connect with other marginalized groups.  We have resources and can provide a dizzying selection of FREE condoms & etc. to students as required; facilitate training workshops and special events.

The Drop-In Centre will be open continually during both the Fall and Winter semesters throughout the day.  It is staffed by volunteers who commit to a minimum of 2 hours a week.

This is a great place for learning about your own interests and from others and thus serves as a safe place that fosters personal growth.  There is the opportunity to meet some really great people and participate in activities that will enrich your world view as well as helping others.

The Drop-In Centre benefits from the complete support of the Volunteer Coordinator, the Training Coordinator and all the LGBTOUT Centre Executives who are committed to assisting queer, trans, questioning, and all allied students on campus.


If you would like to apply to become a volunteer, please fill out the LGBTOUT DROP Application Form and deliver a hardcopy to the Drop-In Centre at 73 St. George Street.  We are located in the archway of Sir Daniel Wilson Residence.  If we’re closed please hand it in at the Porter’s Lodge which is opposite the Drop-In Centre. If you cannot deliver the application, please email it to me – “Atten. Cathie Renner” at volunteer@lgbtout.com All applicants are required to complete the form in its entirety, must have an interview and attend training.  No exceptions.

The last day for applications will be:  THURSDAY, 13TH SEPTEMBER, 2013.

This application consists:
1. A standard series of questions.
2. A creative component.  This part is there to encourage you to express yourself and may consist of anything you feel represents you and your personality.  It can be anything from a drawing, a piece of poetry, a short story, a discussion of an issue that interests you, a recipe, or a joke.  In short anything.  Please feel free to express yourself you please but please keep it to one side of 8×11 paper.
3. Please answer all questions – there are no “correct” answers
4. Please check your class schedules and have a good idea of when you have classes and tutorials.
5. Applicants will be notified by email for an interview.

Interviews will take place at the following times:
Monday, September 16: 10am-12pm
Tuesday, September 17: 10am-12pm
Wednesday, September 18: 10am-12pm
Thursday, September 19: 11am-3pm
Friday, September 20: 11am-3p

Successful applicants will be notified email by the evening of MONDAY 23th September.   We will endeavour to place you with an experienced volunteer.


All volunteers must attend the mandatory training workshop on
SATURDAY, 5TH SEPTEMBER & SATURDAY 12TH OCTOBER from 10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Our training workshops aim to be informative and fun but importantly to give you the tools you need to be a successful volunteer peer support worker (not to a professional counsellor).

Drop-In Centre shifts will begin on Monday 7th October.
Shifts are 10 am – 12 pm / 12pm -2 pm / 2 pm – 4 pm / 4 pm – 6pm.   Monday – Friday

The Drop-In Centre will close prior to the final exam period in December and open again during the first week of classes in January 2014.

Interim Executive Positions: LGBTOUT Centre for Queer, Trans & Allied Students


LGBTOUT Centre currently has two vacant positions on the Executive Committee. A bi-election is scheduled for October and further details will be announced as required by the LGBTOUT Centre Constitution in due course.

To ensure a smooth running of LGBTOUT Centre over the next couple of months and particularly with coordinating the scheduled events at the beginning of the Fall Semester the Executive Committee is looking to appoint two people who would be willing to volunteer their time and skills as the interim Event Coordinator and Resources Coordinator. These positions are temporary covering the period Tuesday 6th August until Monday 7th October when the elected executives will assume their roles.

The “interim” executives are welcome to stand along with any other candidates for election in October.


The Event Coordinator is responsible for planning at least (1) event per term to help build community among the members of the LGBTOUT Centre. This individual is encouraged to work closely with the executive committee, other UofT groups, and/or groups outside of UofT when planning events for the LGBTOUT Centre.

The Resources Coordinator is responsible for updating and organizing the resources distributed by the LGBTOUT Centre, including pamphlets, brochures, referral lists, ad safer sex supplies. The Resources Coordinator is expected to work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and the Training Coordinator to ensure that LGBTOUT Centre Volunteers are aware of the LGBTOUT Centre’s resources and how to use them.

If you are interested in applying for one of the interim executive positions, please email me at exec@lgbtout.com with “Attn: Cathie” and the executive position you are interested in applying for in the subject line. Please explain your interest, the skills and qualities you believe you have to bring to the role. Please ensure I receive your email by Sunday, 4th August.

Successful candidates will be informed of our decision on Tuesday 6th August.

Thank you

Cathie Renner

Chief Returning Officer

Volunteer Coordinator


LGBTOUT Centre Winter 2013 Election Results

The results of the LGBTOUT Centre Elections are in:

Administrative Coordinator – Dylan Chauvin- Smith (13 yes, 2 no)
Events Coordinator – Rochelle Mather (13 yes, 2 no)
Financial Coordinator – Hardeep Singh (15 yes, 0 no)
Public Relations Coordinator – Corey Scott (14 yes, 1 no)
Resources Coordinator – Ryan Degen (14 yes, 1 no)
Space Coordinator – Sophia Spina (8 yes, 0 no – Patrick Ormonde 7 yes, 0 no)
Training Coordinator – Adam Watkins (15 yes, 0 no)
Volunteer Coordinator – Cathie Renner (14 yes, 1 no)

Congratulations to the new executive of LGBTOUT. If you are new to the executive, please send your email address to exec@lgbtout.com so that we can contact you to arrange the transition meeting.

LGBTOUT AGM & Winter 2013 Election

LGBTOUT Annual General Meeting and Winter 2013 Election


Attendance: Adam, Corey, Doug, Dylan, Hardeep, Kayla, Matthew, Patrick, Rayston, Rochelle, Ricky, Ryan, Sophia

  1. Introductions
    1. Quorum was reached with Doug, Dylan, Matthew, Ricky, Rochelle, and Ryan present.
    2. We went around the table and had people say their names, preferred pronouns, and reasons for being at the meeting.
    3. The agenda was finalized.
  1. Candidate Statements and Voting
    1. Matthew, the Chief Returning Officer, read the description for each executive position and had the person(s) running for each position make a statement about their candidacy.
    2. Cathie, the running candidate for the position of Volunteer Coordinator, was absent, so Matthew read her statement.
    3. An initial voting session took place.
    4. The date, time, and location information for additional voting sessions was announced:

i.     March 4: 10-11 am

ii.     March 5: 4-5 pm

iii.     March 6: 11 am to 12 pm

iv.     March 7: 3-5 pm

Each session will take place at the LGBTOUT Drop-In Centre, which is located in the archway of Sir Daniel Residence (73 St. George Street).

  1. The results will be made available for Friday morning.
  1. Queer Ball
    1. Rochelle provided an update on Queer Ball. Posters (about 100) have been distributed, mainly in residences. The theme is red and gold and masquerade. Tickets are available at U of T Tix. Volunteers are needed to help set up decorations. Executives must stay until the end of the event to help clean up. Nametags have been requested and will be reimbursed.
  1. Other
    1. Doug suggested that we do another Meet n’ Greet. Ricky said that that would not be a good idea and that we should focus on transitioning over the next few weeks.

Candidates for the LGBTOUT Centre Winter 2013 Election

Candidate Statements for LGBTOUT Centre elections 2013

Below are the candidate statements for those running for a position in the upcoming elections.

Administrative Coordinator (1 candidate)




My name is Dylan Chauvin-Smith and I am running for Administrative Coordinator in the 2013-2014 LGBTOUT Centre Election. After a year on the executive committee filling the role of University Affairs Coordinator, I believe I have acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfill the administrative duties of the LGBTOUT Centre for Queer, Questioning and Allied Students.

During my tenure as University Affairs Coordinator I have encouraged our executive team to work more collectively and I hope to continue emphasizing the power of cooperation if re-elected. My collaborative spirit has been put to good use while working with the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office, Que(e)rying Religion, and the Trans Film Screening Series. I also had the opportunity to work for the University of Toronto Students’ Union for two semesters as the Associate Vice President Campus Life responsible for events. In that capacity I helped to organize the UTSU Pride Picnic as part of U of T’s Pride 2012 celebrations, and contributed to the planning and execution of various other campaigns and events.

One of my main goals for the 2013-2014 year is to help prepare the LGBTOUT Centre for a levy bid. Securing a per student levy for the LGBTOUT Centre has been a long term objective of this organization and would increase our capacity to build community programming, provide peer to peer support, and advocate for queer, questioning and allied students at the St. George campus.

I first got involved at LGBTOUT to give back to a community that made me feel welcome and helped me grow as a person. Please consider me for the position of Administrative Coordinator so that I may continue to do so.

Event Coordinator (2 candidates)



My name is Adam Watkins and I would like to run for LGBTOUT’s position as Event Coordinator. I would like to organize more events next year to help better foster a united and inclusive LGBT community at the University. I understand that the budget is probably the biggest issue with planning events, my ideas would be simple and cost effective. I love the idea of movie nights and planned my first one for LGBTOUT this month. I would like events to happen about once a month, with the majority of them being socials with themes that incur no extra cost to LGBTOUT. Things like Stop Light parties (where singles wear green, people who are taken wear yellow and people in relationships wear red) are simple themes that are free but make the event even more interesting. Game nights and trivia nights would also be fun ideas to implement. In addition, I would also like to make sure the members of LGBTOUT (volunteers and executives) get to know each other by planning social outings. I used to help plan and organize many events in high school (the biggest one being Prom). I plan to organize two more events before the end of this year (a games night and helping out with the next Homohop) to find out what works and what doesn’t. I am very independent, driven and excited to provide these opportunities for students. I believe that holding more events and advertising them well would help students feel more comfortable with themselves and improve their experience at the University.


Hi, my name is Rochelle and I am a second year Sexual Diversity Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies major running for the position of Events Coordinator. This past year, I was elected as one of the 3 Executive Members-at-Large and focused heavily on the Social and Events portfolio, including taking the lead in planning this year’s Queer Ball and the most recent Meet n’ Greet.

If elected, I hope to ensure LGBTOUT signature events such as the Homohop, Meet n’ Greet and Queer Ball are a well-planned and advertised effectively. For the Homohop, I would like to ensure that the event occurs several times a year and is hosted in an all-ages and accessible space. For the Meet n’ Greets, I would like to ensure they continue to be hosted throughout the year, but also to ensure that the event facilitates meeting new people and attracting members of the women and trans communities to feel more welcome at the event.

It is every executive’s responsibility to create safe(r) spaces and inclusive environments. As Social Coordinator, I hope to host more events, with more variety and with more volunteers and perspectives at the planning table. This includes hosting smaller and more reoccurring events such as summer picnics and movie nights; reintroducing former events such as the Dyke Pub Night and Bisexual, Bicurious, Questioning BBQ; and introducing new events suggested by volunteers and general members.

This is just a small piece of my vision for LGBTOUT, and I hope to have you involved in implementing and expanding it. I am passionate, dedicated and eager to make LGBTOUT more prominent and accessible to UofT students. Through successful events, we can engage more students in facilitating safe(r) spaces, promoting social justice and becoming active agents for change.

Financial Coordinator (1 candidate)



My name is Hardeep Singh and I am in my second year of Chemical Engineering degree. This year I really started getting involved with LGBTOUT centre. I consider myself a member in good standing since I have attended most of the events organized by this club during the academic year 2012-2013 and have been present at most of the meetings. I am very passionate about using my skills and abilities for common good and somehow make a difference out in the real world. I believe that LGBTOUT centre offers me a great opportunity to realize this dream.

LGBTOUT centre has a diverse set of unique positions to offer. I am really interested in the position of Financial Coordinator. I am a very detail-oriented, organized and thorough person with some polished management skills. My previous volunteer experiences which include, but are not restricted to, event planning and management and board of directors’ membership have made me proficient in thinking things to the microscopic levels and make decisions which respect the opinions and interests of almost everybody. In addition, being an Engineering student I have had past experiences of drafting budgets for semester-long engineering team projects and gained some modest mathematical skills which will come very handy for this position.

As a Financial coordinator I will also get a chance to provide direct input and feedback to all the members on the executive team for the event/projects that they would be organizing, since I will be approving their individual budgets. Therefore, I will be able to make relevant contributions on the whole as well.

Conclusively, I am a dedicated person who is really motivated for this position due to my passion for making contributions to the LGBTQ community.

Public Relations Coordinator (1 candidate)




My name is Corey Scott and I am in my final year of a double major in Sociology and Equity Studies and hoping to be LGBTOUT’s next Public Affairs Coordinator. As the current Vice-President Internal and Services at the University of Toronto Students’ Union I have had the opportunity to develop a communications and public relations plan that advertised ongoing events, services and campaigns. This experience has also given me the opportunity to develop skills in graphic design, media relations, outreach and volunteer recruitment through engaging social media.

As a former LGBTOUT Homohop and Internal Coordinator, it would be a privilege to continue working with LGBTOUT to ensure a progressive queer and trans voice is present at the UofT, and that the organization is taking a proactive stance on creating safe(r) spaces and tackling homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppression. In this role I plan to ensure LGBTOUT is present in every college and faculty, working in conjunction with relevant campus groups. I hope to also ensure that students are actively engaged in participating in the development of LGBTOUT activities rather than just attending. Finally, I hope to work with a team of volunteers to develop a consistent newsletter, active blog and a student-run publication. I hope to be elected as LGBTOUT’s Public Relations Coordinator to ensure this mandate is met so that all students can feel comfortable on campus.

Resources Coordinator (1 candidate)


My name is Ryan Degen and I am currently the LGBTOUT Centre’s Public Affairs Coordinator. This year, however, I hope to secure your vote to become Resource Coordinator.

For the past four years I have been involved with the LGBTOUT Centre: from 2009 to 2012 a Centre Volunteer, and from 2012 to 2013 I have been lucky enough to serve as a member of the Executive. Although I was primarily responsible for LGBTOUT’s media and public image this year, I also took it upon myself to organize and update a number of our resources. Apart from my almost obsessive compulsive need to organize things, I am confident that I am the best candidate for Resource Coordinator simply because I know what resources we have, I know how to use them and incorporate them into training, and I know what resources we need.

LGBTOUT has recently changed its name to the LGBTOUT Centre. For anyone who has read the new constitution, it is obvious that as an organization, LGBTOUT is shifting to a more Centre-centric module. During my three years as a Drop-In Centre Volunteer, one of the biggest gaps in the Centre’s training and operation was simply from a lack of up to date resources in certain areas, and a lack of training on how to use them.

If elected I will not only continue to update our resources, but I will make sure next year’s volunteers are trained on how to use them.

In the event I do not get elected, I would like everyone to know that I intend to continue volunteering with the organization, most likely as a Drop-In Centre volunteer. LGBTOUT has been wonderful to and for me, and I’m not ready to leave it yet.

Please consider Ryan Degen for your 2013 to 2014 Resource Coordinator.

Space Coordinator (2 candidates)



Hello there! My name is Sophia Spina and I would like to declare my intent to run for Space Coordinator. As someone familiar with the drop-in space, I feel I can efficiently manage and maintain the two spaces, in consultation with the rest of the executive on such topics related to the regular maintenance of said spaces. I believe I am not only eligible to run for election due to being a volunteer at the drop-in centre this winter term, but am best suited, as my attendance at various events and interaction with the volunteers and executive of the LGBTOUT Centre establish myself as a member in good standing, as well as a member consistently active in the community. I think constant surveillance of the two spaces as well as a healthy relationship with all involved is key to our new functions as we strive to regroup ourselves around our space; finally, as someone entering third year, I also have the resources to devote to this duty, as well as enough experience to prove myself competent.


I am Patrick Ormonde, and I am currently a first-year student and an active member in LGBTOUT. It is my intention to be considered a potential candidate for the Space Co-ordinator position on the executive committee. As a member of good standing, I have attended many meetings and events in regards to the club. I think that it is important to be social and immerse oneself in the University of Toronto’s LGBTTQ community. With my diplomatic attitude and calm disposition, I can serve as both a mediator, and an ambassador of the club.

With my candidacy, I will present new and fresh ideas to the club. As LGBTOUT represents the queer community of the university, it is not enough to be present. Rather it is essential for the club to be innovative. The University of Toronto is a very unique environment with 3 sprawling campus. What the club needs is more mass appeal. There should be spaces that offer students the chance to engage in discourse from multiple disciplines, different sexual orientations, and backgrounds. However, the only space that provides a communal environment for discourse is the UC Commuter lounge. This lounge area is not well known as a LGBTOUT space. I have heard of this space through a LGBOUT meeting. Many of our members have part-time jobs and hectic schedules, and we need to accommodate space for that fact.

Thus, we need space that can come to them, rather than a fixed isolated space in the middle of a large downtown campus. I am proposing, that with my candidacy, the club will transcend the cliques and geographic imaginaries that exist within the University. Space is the organizer of people, therefore why not use multiple communal spaces within the university to allow for the commingling of people.

Thank you for your consideration.

Training Coordinator (No candidates)

Volunteer Coordinator (1 candidate)



Hello, my name is Cathie Renner and I’m seeking election to the Volunteer Coordinator position. I am a second year student taking American Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies.

During my first year I was a volunteer, presently I am an Executive-At-Large for LGBTOUT and since January I have also been working with Natalie as Coordinator of the Drop-In Centre. I believe this experience and my qualifications as a former social worker, a parent and mature student I offer a unique perspective to this role.

My vision for the 2013/14 academic year is simple. I wish to continue to uphold the Centre’s status as a safe space and the focal point on campus for the LGBTQ community. The Centre remains an exceptional feature of life at the U of T and my role would be to find, encourage and support a group of volunteers dedicated to offering a friendly, inclusive and sympathetic peer counselling service while maintaining that uniqueness. It is essential that the LGBTOUT Centre retains this reputation, but I am also keenly aware that there is a need for a safe environment for socializing. Since January, I have worked to keep a balance between the two interests, and I am committed to maintaining and expanding these roles.

I am also interested in seeing greater interaction between the executive and the volunteers, and I will encourage volunteers who are interested in creating social gatherings, developing ideas for education or working with the Exec to create something bigger. I think it is vital that LGBTOUT Centre work as a whole group.

Having been in this position for a few months, I am perfectly aware of the commitment I would be making and I am able to work to the best of my ability to keep the Centre ticking works well for both the people who need to use the facility and the volunteers.

LGBTOUT Centre: Notice of Winter 2013 Election

LGBTOUT Centre for Queer, Questioning, and Allied Students



Notice of Winter 2013 Election


To the LGBTOUT General Membership:

My name is Matthew Haaland, the current LGBTOUT Financial Coordinator, and I will be serving as your Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for the LGBTOUT Centre for Queer, Questioning, and Allied Students Winter 2013 Election (herein referred to as “the election”).

The election will be taking place at the LGBTOUT Winter General Meeting (GM) on Monday March 4th, 2013, from 9-10 am, location to be announced.

The nomination period for the election will be open from 6pm on Monday February 18th, 2013, to 6pm on Monday February 25th, 2013. During this period, those seeking to run in the election must submit a candidate statement to me via email. Candidate statements must be no longer than 300 words and must be sent to cro@lgbtout.com.

I ask all prospective candidates to please hold off on campaigning until the nomination period has closed. This is to ensure that any issues regarding individuals’ eligibility to run in the election are cleared up before campaigning begins.

In addition, it must be noted that campaigning in or around the LGBTOUT Drop-In Centre is prohibited.

At the GM, all nominated candidates will have the opportunity to present their platforms to the General Membership. Afterwards, an initial voting session will take place. Voting shall take place on a secret ballot. On each ballot, for each position being elected, a vote may be cast for any one of the candidates running for that position; a vote may also be cast for “none of the above.”

After the initial voting session at the GM, there will be three separate voting sessions held at the LGBTOUT Drop-In Centre (located in the archway of Sir Daniel Wilson Residence at 73 St. George Street) on:

MONDAY March 4th – 10-11 a.m.

TUESDAY March 5th – 4-5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY March 6th – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

THURSDAY March 7th – 3 – 5 p.m.

The results of the election will be released on Friday March 8th, 2013. For each position, the result will be decided by a simple majority. In the case of a tie, one additional voting session will be held the following week to break the tie between those individuals with the same number of votes.

It must be noted that, under the LGBTOUT Constitution (see attached document), only those members in “good standing” are eligible to run and/or vote in the election. These include those students from the University of Toronto’s St. George campus who have actively participated in any LGBTOUT meetings or events in the current academic year, or who have been recognized as members in good standing through a simple majority vote by the LGBTOUT Executive Committee.

The positions up for election at this time include the following:

The Administrative Coordinator

The administrative coordinator is responsible for attending to administrative tasks, such as scheduling meetings, collecting and distributing meeting minutes, etc.

The Event Coordinator

The event coordinator is responsible for planning at least one (1) event per term to help build community among the members of the LGBTOUT Centre. This individual is encouraged to work closely with the executive committee, other U of T groups, and/or groups outside of U of T when planning events for the LGBTOUT Centre.

The Financial Coordinator

The financial coordinator is responsible for the accounting of the LGBTOUT Centre’s funds. They are responsible for keeping and maintaining accurate and complete records of all of the LGBTOUT Centre’s financial transactions. In consultation with the other members of the executive committee, the Financial Coordinator shall prepare a budget at the beginning of each academic year and shall provide a budget report at the annual general meeting and at general meetings as required.

The Public Relations Coordinator

The public relations coordinator is responsible for the LGBTOUT Centre’s public relations strategies and actions. They are responsible for promoting the LGBTOUT Centre and its activities, responding to media inquiries, and updating/moderating the media sites used by the LGBTOUT Centre to reach its members. These sites include the LGBTOUT Centre’s website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and listserv.

The Resources Coordinator

The resources coordinator is responsible for updating and organizing the resources distributed by the LGBTOUT Centre, including pamphlets, brochures, referral lists, and safer sex supplies. The Resources Coordinator is expected to work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and the Training Coordinator to ensure that LGBTOUT Centre volunteers are aware of the LGBTOUT Centre’s resources and how to use them.

The Space Coordinator

The space coordinator is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the drop-in and office spaces of the LGBTOUT Centre.

The Training Coordinator

The training coordinator is responsible for organizing at least one (1) mandatory training each academic term for executive committee members and LGBTOUT Centre volunteers. The Training Coordinator is encouraged to provide additional, regularly occurring opportunities for education and development among the LGBTOUT Centre’s members.

The Volunteer Coordinator

The volunteer coordinator is responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and scheduling volunteers for the LGBTOUT Centre. The are encouraged to work closely with the other members of the executive committee to facilitate greater interaction between executive committee members and LGBTOUT Centre volunteers.

The members of the LGBTOUT Executive Committee strongly encourage women-, bi-, and trans-identified people, along with queer people of colour, to run in the election.

If there are any questions or concerns regarding the election, please address them to me as soon as possible.

Kind Regards,

Matthew Haaland

Chief Returning Officer

LGBTOUT Winter Election


LGBTOUT Winter General Meeting Minutes

LGBTOUT Winter General Meeting: February 15, 2013



Cathie, Corey, Danielle, Doug (via phone), Dylan, Hardeep, Patrick, Ryan, and Ricky participated in the meeting.


We began by going around the room, asking everyone to introduce themselves and acknowledge what brought them to the meeting.

Most of the executives didn’t have much to say, but Ryan mentioned that the SGDO is thinking of doing a summer retreat for LGBTQ student leaders; this may be an opportunity to combine previous plans for events like a queer roundtable and student leadership social. Ryan also made a note that there are more referral resources in the white binder under the pillow in the office. Cathie briefly mentioned that the Drop-In Centre (DIC) is getting prettier and prettier.

Corey acknowledged that he was interested in finding out “where these amendments are coming from.”

Hardeep, an engineering student, expressed an interest in sharing some ideas for the new constitution and structure.

Where are these amendments coming from?


To answer Corey’s question, Ricky and several other executives highlighted that the constitution, structure, and focus of LGBTOUT were changing because some of the existing roles are too cumbersome and too confining and they encourage people to work independently (rather than as a collective).

Constitutional Amendments

Hardeep asked about the role of executive director/president role and how we will deal with conflict without such a role. Cathie and several other participants emphasized the notion of shared/collective responsibility in dealing with conflict and in maintaining group cohesion through, for example, community-building workshops.

Corey questioned whether the new mission was not as “broad”/comprehensive as it used to be, and whether it would lead to the formation of an apolitical group that functions just as a centre. It was acknowledged, however, that “peer support” could be broadly defined to include political action, that taking up space on campus is inherently political, that having “queer” in the name is political, and that the new executives have an assumed responsibility to tackle queerphobia.

Dylan mentioned how the new mandate did not acknowledge inclusivity. To address this concern and the aforementioned concern, the mandate was modified to include advocacy and inclusivity.

Concerns were mentioned with regard to the explicitness of the Administrative Coordinator and Space Coordinator roles. These roles were re-written to be less broad. However, it was mentioned that extra efforts need to be made to make new executives aware about the possible responsibilities that these (and other) roles might entail (e.g., working with Ulife and UTSU for recognition renewal and funding applications).

Patrick asked why the DIC couldn’t be a more social space. Cathie mentioned the recent history of the DIC and the need to return the DIC to its original role as a peer support service. Patrick mentioned that it would be great to have a rotating “positive space” that travelled across campus.

After discussing the new constitution, structure, and focus of LGBTOUT, a vote was taken and the constitutional amendments were passed. All but one person voted in favour of the changes.

Coming Up

The new constitution will be sent out shortly. Matthew, the current Chief Returning Officer will release information about elections in the next week or so.

LGBTOUT Winter General Meeting

Hi everyone,

LGBTOUT will be having a Winter General Meeting on Friday, February 15, 2013, from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Board Room at Hart House (7 Hart House Circle).

The purpose of the Winter General Meeting is to review the restructuring proposal that has been made for LGBTOUT, and to modify and finalize a new constitution (adapted from LGBTOUT’s original constitution), which can be viewed at:


We hope to see you all there!

– The 2012-2013 LGBTOUT Executive Committee

Interested in getting involved in LGBTQ leadership on campus? Come to Lead with Pride!

You’re encouraged to register for Lead with Pride, the University of Toronto’s annual LGBTQ student leadership conference.

This year, Lead with Pride will be taking place on February 1st and 2nd, 2013, at Emmanuel College (75 Queen’s Park Crescent).This facility is wheelchair accessible. A main-floor, accessible, gender-neutral washroom will be available for all participants to access. Meals and snacks will be provided for participants throughout the two days. Lead with Pride is free of charge for all students.

The conference will include activities and workshops on anti-oppression, skill building, networking, and much more.

Participants are not required to have prior leadership experience.

For more information and to register, please click on the following link: http://www.sgdo.utoronto.ca/

The registration deadline is January 23rd, 2013.

Participation is limited, so register as soon as possible and encourage your friends to do the same!

If you have any questions about the conference or the registration process, please send them to sgdo@utoronto.ca.

We hope to see you at Lead with Pride!

– The Lead with Pride Planning Committee*

*The Lead with Pride Planning Committee is made up of members of VicPride!, LGBTOUT, LGBTQ and Allies in Science and Engineering (LGBTQase), the Centre for Women and Trans People, the Sexual Diversity Studies Student Union, the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office, and interested students.