The Safer Spaces program works with organizations to provide organizational assessments, professional development workshops, best practice resources, and policy consultations to create more inclusive and accessible programs, services, and businesses for the LGBTQ community.
Whenever you see the Safer Spaces graphic that is used on posters, stickers, and web materials, it is a commitment to the ongoing effort of creating accessible spaces for the LGBTQ2S communities. We encourage all LGBTQ people who see this graphic displayed to feel empowered to provide feedback and engage in discussions with these organisations to further their commitment to inclusiveness.
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Barrie Community Health Centre • Barrie Police Services • Catholic Family Services • Catulpa • Canadian Mental Health Association • Community Legal Clinic • CHATS – Community & Home Assistance to Seniors • Family TLC • Georgian College • Huronia Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic • Hospice Simcoe • New Path Youth and Family Services • North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network • OPP Nottawasaga Detachment • OPSEU Local 330 • Simcoe County Child Care Committee • Simcoe County Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit • The AIDS Network • YMCA • Youth Haven
LGBTQ people who are wanting to access your services are looking for clues indicating that they are welcomed. People will believe that you are unsafe until proven otherwise. Make it easy for someone to choose you because they know you're working on creating more inclusive and accessible spaces!
Employees are more productive and meaningful team members when a workplace culture is welcoming and supportive. Help to shape the internal workplace culture by participating in the program and supporting existing LGBTQ employees or attract new ones!
People expect and deserve the right to feel comfortable to either access services or work in a space that is supportive and inclusive of their identity. Create an industry standard by participating in the program and becoming a community leader!
Even though around 10% of the population identifies with the LGBTQ community and lots of progress has been made over the years, LGBTQ people are still feeling a lack of societal acceptance, the inability to be out about their identity, and a lack of local LGBTQ community.
The mental health of LGBTQ people is impacted by accumulated stigma, prejudice and discrimination, leading to higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide the general population.
Studies show that LGBTQ people are more likely to either leave their home region to access more inclusive services, or hide their identity from their service provider, resulting in inadequate services and unmet needs.