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News Release - New online peer support space and resource directory Queering Cancer supports LGBTQ2+ people affected by cancer

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

(October 27, 2020) There are major disparities in access to cancer screening, treatment, and support for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2+). 

In response to this gap, a team of researchers including Queen’s University researcher Meghan McInnis (Queen's University) have created new web and social media resources to support individuals with cancer and caregivers, who identify as LGBTQ2+. This unique initiative has been developed with patient and academic partners to provide peer support and unfiltered information to the community. 

Queering Cancer’s website will include a patient story collection, a peer support forum, and a fully searchable database of cancer resources specific to LGBTQ2+ individuals. The work was funded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Gender and Health (IGH). 

Joining McInnis on the research team were Amanda Bolderston (University of Alberta) and Evan Taylor (University of the Fraser Valley). 

I became involved with the Queering Cancer project because of my Master’s thesis, which was on the topic of the experiences of individuals with prostate cancer, particularly those who identify as LGBTQ2+. The research evidence supports the need for this new resource, and I am proud to be a part of a project that has the potential to improve the cancer care experiences of the LGBTQ2+ community.” 
-Meghan McInnis, PhD candidate in Psychology 

“The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health is thrilled to support the Queering Cancer website to help the LGBTQ2+ community navigate their cancer experience and those of their loved ones. The idea was launched at one of our Hackathons, and couldn’t have become a reality without this great team of leaders, Meghan McInnis, Evan Taylor and Amanda Bolderston.” 
- Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, IGH’s Scientific Director 

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Queering Cancer Twitter and Instagram: @queeringcancer 

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