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Positive Space

Positive Space Program

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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

Community Resources


 AIDS Network Hamilton

 City of Hamilton Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Advisory Committee

 Hamilton Gay Men’s Chorus

 Hamilton Interval House

 Pride Hamilton

 Social Inc. Mohawk College

 Steel Cut Queers

 The McMaster Students Union Queer Students Community Centre

 The Well: LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre of Hamilton 

Greater Hamilton/Toronto/Niagara Region (Toronto)

 519 Community Centre (Toronto)

 Alphabet Community Centre (London)

 Cedars Campground (Hayesland)

 Kulanu Toronto

 Metropolitan Community Church Toronto

 Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (Toronto)

 PFLAG – Niagara Chapter (St. Catharine’s)

 Positive Space Network Halton (Burlington)

 Quest Community Health Centre (St. Catharine’s)

 Rainbow Health Ontario (Toronto) 

 Salaam Canada Queer Muslim Community (Toronto)

 Supporting Our Youth (SOY; Toronto)

 Transgender Niagara (St. Catharine’s) 

National & Beyond

 Bombay Dost

 Daily Xtra

 Deliciously Disabled

 EGALE Canada 

 Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youthline

 Queers with Disabilities

 Trans Lifeline

 TransPulse Project  



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