The Queen's Positive Space Program

The Positive Space Program is co-sponsored by three groups:

the AMS committee Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP)

the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG)

the Queen's Human Rights Office.

Each sponsor is represented on the Positive Space Committee and contributes financially to the maintenance of the Program. The Human Rights Office also provides considerable administrative support, including the administration of program finances.

In 2004, a majority of undergraduate students endorsed the Positive Space Program's request for a 25 cent, opt-outable student fee. Currently, the program is funded primarily with these student fees.



Mission Statement

The purpose of the Positive Space Program is to identify and encourage the development of positive spaces within the Queen's community.

Positive spaces are locations in which sexual and gender identity is affirmed and individuals can receive support and information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) issues.



Principles and Mandate

All spaces at Queen’s should be safe for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

While gender and sexual diversity are the focus, the program recognises the similarities and intersections among all forms of discrimination and the need to combat racism, sexism, ableism, classism, and ageism, in addition to homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, and heterosexism.

All people have the right to visibility, to acknowledgment of their sexual and gender identity, and access to resources.

Queen’s community members have a responsibility to challenge discrimination and contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment.



Objectives

The objectives of the Positive Space Program are as follows:

To increase the visibility of LGBTQ people, issues, and communities

To offer support and resources to individuals concerning LGBTQ issues

To strengthen the LGBTQ and ally communities on campus and in Kingston



Responsibilities of Program Participants

Participants are volunteers who have attended a Positive Space Information Session and registered with the Program. The responsibilities of participants are:

To display a Positive Space sticker in a place that clearly identifies the space or area designated as "positive," and to remove the sticker when moving out of the space

To provide information and support as requested, including information on the Program, relevant resources, LGBTQ issues and forms of discrimination

To maintain the confidentiality of people using of the Program, even after ceasing to be a Positive Space participant.

To maintain appropriate relationships with Program users in accordance with conflict of interest policies.

To maintain an inclusive and discrimination-free space, to the best of your ability.

To increase knowledge of issues and resources relevant to LGBTQ people; to attend educational events organised by the Committee whenever possible.

To remain a subscriber to the Positive Space listserv in order maintain contact with the Committee and other Positive Space participants.

 


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Positive Space Program: Mission Statement