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Positive Space Champion Training - Community Session

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Central Library - Stevenson & Hunt Room (first floor near Wolfe Performance Hall)

251 Dundas Street

Canada

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This is an opportunity for community members to experience Positive Space Champion training which is made available to City of London employees. You may wish to take the information learned to consider creating a similar program in your workplace.

The City of London Positive Space Program is a proposed action item within the Corporation’s 2014 Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Plan. It is a best practice of employers committed to providing a supportive, welcoming and inclusive work place. The Program was developed by PRISM, the Corporation’s Employee Resource Group for LGBT+ employees and allies, whose focus is “Supporting our LGBT+ employees to bring their whole selves to work”. The Program creates a network of trained allies throughout our organization called Positive Space Champions, to support employees who may be:

  • questioning their sexual orientation
  • considering “coming out”
  • “out” and experiencing difficulties
  • considering or in the process of confirming their gender identity
  • supporting family members or friends who reflect the above descriptions
  • wishing to seek out information about the LGBT+ community, issues and resources

Prior to the training date, please watch the video “Love Is All You Need?” and be prepared to discuss your reactions during the training. This 20 minute feature film quality video depicts a society where heterosexuality is the minority and straight people experience the marginalization and harassment that LGBT+ people often experience. The film is done in a very realistic manner and includes some very intense and graphic scenes, which some people may find difficult to view. What is portrayed is based on real experiences and we are hopeful you will honour this with your viewing. If you have questions or concerns about the content before viewing, please contact Aidan Prince at aprince@london.ca or 519-661-CITY, ext. 2789.

Please ensure you have provided your e-mail address when registering, as additional information will be provided prior to the training session.

The training agenda is below. The half-day session is very full, so please arrive ready to learn for the start time. Light refreshments will be served during the mid-point break.

  • Ground rules
  • Video debrief: “Love Is All You Need?”
  • LGBT+ trivia – a glimpse of LGBT+ history
  • Terminology
  • Videos
    • Why Pronouns Matter For Trans People
    • What It’s Like To Be Intersex
  • Gender Unicorn Exercise
  • Listening Skills
  • Scenarios
  • Contributing to an LGBT+ inclusive environment
  • Next Steps To Being A Positive Space Champion
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251 Dundas Street

Canada

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