Featured Initiative

Improve the lives of 2SLGBTQ+ people

The Queer and Trans Research Lab is breaking down barriers, shattering traditional practices, and empowering community activists.

The rainbow pride flag, the maple leaf Canadian flag, and the striped trans flag, all flying from flagpoles on a sunny day.

At a time of increased systemic anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, and anti-queer violence, universities must forge closer ties with these communities and work together with activists and social justice leaders to find concrete ways to break down barriers and improve lives. The new Queer and Trans Research Lab at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies was founded in 2021 to do just that.

The Queer and Trans Research Lab is breaking down divisions between the ivory tower and our 2SLGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities by creating a space where we can all collaborate. It’s a place where activists and artists can work alongside students and faculty—where theory and practice can come together.

Dana Seitler, Director, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

The groundbreaking initiative—the first of its kind in the world—builds and expands on the Bonham Centre’s incredible interdisciplinary strengths by reaching beyond the academy to include and amplify voices from the community. The Research Lab welcomes and supports activists and artists alongside faculty members and students as they collectively conduct innovative research on sexual diversity, contribute to ongoing 2SLGBTQ+ initiatives, and build new models of scholarship and engagement.

The Queer and Trans Research Lab is creating a unique space where academic theory can unite with community practice. Your support will help ensure the Research Lab’s diverse members can strike partnerships across traditional divides and work collectively to improve the lives of people in the 2SLGBTQ+ community, all while setting a new global precedent for radical collaboration.

To learn more about how you can support the efforts of academic and community leaders to collaborate on critical 2SLGBTQ+ initiatives, please contact the Director of Advancement at University College.