Positive Space Program
The McMaster Positive Space Program is a university-wide initiative offered through the Office of Human Rights & Equity Services and is available to members of the campus community who are interested in creating welcoming spaces that are free of all oppressive behaviours including harassment and discrimination based on gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
- To raise awareness about the diversity in gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation that exists at McMaster and within the broader LGBTTTIQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, queer and questioning) and MOGAI (marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex) communities.
- To challenge the invisibility and silence that marginalizes and excludes members of the LGBTTTIQQ and MOGAI communities.
- To provide opportunities for those who are committed to becoming allies to:
- proclaim their support for LGBTTTIQQ and MOGAI persons; and,
- to demonstrate their commitment to equity and inclusion.
- To make the McMaster University campus a more respectful, welcoming and safe space for all members of the LGBTTTIQQ and MOGAI communities, specifically, and for all students, staff and faculty members and visitors to campus, generally.
Participation in Positive Space is completely voluntary and is open to all staff, faculty members, and students at McMaster University. The program consists of attending a 2.5 hour to 3 hour workshop after which participants may choose to receive a Positive Space logo indicator to be displayed in their work or study space that identifies the individual as having attended the training and commit to actively promoting a welcoming and inclusive space for persons of all genders and sexual orientations.
Students who want to support the LGBTTTIQQ and MOGAI communities but who do not want to become Positive Space Providers can check out the Ally Program offered through the McMaster Student Union’s Queer Student Community Centre
Positive Space Training
For more information on or to register for the next Positive Space workshop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greater Hamilton/Toronto/Niagara Region
Transgender Niagara (St. Catharine’s)
National & Beyond
McMaster University Positive Space Training Participant Handbook PDF
Queer Youth Coming Out at Work PDF
Positive Space Brochure PDF
Recognizing Sexual Diversity at McMaster University: Experiences of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Students, Staff and Faculty Members, 2001 PDF