CANCELLED: Inclusive Shelter Environments for LGBTQ2S Youth

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Date(s) - 06/04/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Toronto Hostels Training Centre (THTC)


This training supports shelter staff to become better allies for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness. The voices of young people, backed by research have been consistently highlighting that all sectors need to improve the experiences of LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness. Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are prevalent in our systems: families, education, health care, faith, employment and justice, to mention only a handful. The goal of this training is to help staff and organizations become better allies of LGBTQ2S youth. In order to do this, we need to create welcoming and affirming spaces (social, physical and cultural) for LGBTQ2S youth. This accessible and practical training will support shelter staff to improve professional practice and to access knowledge and tools that will assist with the development of policies and practice. This curriculum supports staff and organizations to meet mandatory requirements within the City of Toronto Shelter Standards.



  • You must be prompt and present for the course.


Learning Objectives:

  • To identify how to improve the experiences of LGBTQ2S youth accessing the programs of participating organizations.
  • To identify emerging and promising practices that support LGBTQ2S youth.
  • To identify common words to express sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Canada.
  • To develop an empathetic understanding of the experiences of the LGBTQ youth.
  • To challenge homophobic, biphobic and tranphobic language and behaviour.
  • To develop measurable actions to foster a safe, welcoming and LGBTQ2S inclusive environment that protects the dignity of young people.


Target Group: All, Youth sector staff of all levels

Additional Training Method: Agency Training



REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THIS PROGRAM - THTC DOES NOT MAINTAIN A WAITLIST or CANCELLATION LIST. Please refer to the training calendar for future availability.