Identity Building

Identity Building

This section contains intersectional resources to enrich students' understanding of their lived experiences. The resources below are catered to unique QTBIPoC identities. Click one below to learn more about it! 

A new podcast that explores what it means to be a mixed student in the academy. Each month, a new mixed student organization, union or club is showcased.

A multitude of mini-libraries on campus containing anti-oppressive literature pertaining to feminism, racism, cultural diversity, religion, mental health, ability, queer identity, etc. Operates a free lending program online, where students can rent a book from an exhaustive list found in the Social Issues Commission Library, the ASUS equity library, and the education on Queer Issues Project library.

A collection of American Regional and National Resources for African-American Queers aiming to understand and support their intersectional identity. These resources include: Blacklight Online, Black Stripe, the Brown Bio Project, the National Black Justice Coalition, and the Zuna Institute. 

A collection of American Regional and National Resources for Asian American Queers aiming to understand and support their intersectional identity. Resources include: Asian pacific Islander Queen Women and Transgender Community, South Bay Queer and Asia, Asan and Pacific Islander Family Pride, Asian/Pacific Islander Family Pride; Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends, National Queer Asian and Pacific Island.

Mixed Student Empire Podcast

“What I discovered was that in this struggle that felt uniquely mine, were five other people who had been tackling the same things. Mixed-raced, multiracial, and white-passing stories need to be told." - Ben Sherman
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Equity Library Book Rental Program

"Although my experiences may have been different from Garrard’s [in Boy Erased], I think everyone can connect beyond the memoir’s context about staying true to your identity, even if it means enduring hardships such as breaking important bonds within your life.” - Matt D'Alessandro
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"Our goal is to provide API LGBTQ individuals with linguistically appropriate and culturally confident tools and resources to navigate their identities and find support through stories and shared experiences. When we see the diversity and depth of experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ people, we grow closer as a community."
- Q & A Space
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A collection of American Regional and National Resources for Indigenous Queers. Highlights the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirts organization as one that attempts to decrease the stigma of this identity group in Indigenous communities by creating a forum for the spiritual, cultural, and artistic expression of Two Spirit People.

The University of Southern California provides resources for QTBIPoC students challenged with coming out. USC helps students outside of the university community by referencing various Los Angeles QTBIPoC supportive resources. The resources referenced include: Human Rights Campaigns, Bienestar, Bayard Rustin Coalition, and In the Meantime Men, Inc.

This poem discusses the intersectionality and historical context of being a Black woman who despite the plight she faced, still had aspirations for being president. Ultimately, this woman does not become president, but ends up reciting this poem at a presidential inauguration, thereby an excellent source of empowerment for QTBIPoC people demoralized by their experiences. 

A Kingston podcast by Maha Faruqi - a Queen's student - focusing on Queer Muslims who aspire for collective liberation. Discusses aspirations for this identity based group, Queer Muslim resources, anti-colonialism, abolition, wellness, transformative justice, and art.

Desmond Cole, a Canadian Journalist, anti-black racism advocate, and Queen's alumni in his book discusses the practical implications of systemic racism by sharing his experiences relating to the controversial practices of carding by the Toronto Police.

Advocates for Youth works alongside thousands of young people here in the U.S. and around the globe as they fight for sexual health, rights, and justice. This website contains a diverse number of resources aimed at helping one navigate the societal pressures, stigma, and uncertainties associated with finding one's identity. 

"This idea that Canada's racial injustices are not as bad as they could be, this notion of Slavery Lite, of Racism Lite, of what my friend calls the "toy version of racism" is a very Canadian way of saying: remember what we could do to you if we wanted to. Passive-aggressive racism is central to Canada's national mythology and identity.” - Desmond Cole, The Skin We're In
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“Don’t compromise on demanding respect.
People often question my trans identity
when my gender presentation doesn’t
match up with what they assume it’s
supposed to be and that can be taxing, but
I never let them impact the way I navigate
the world...I don’t think it’s anyone’s place
to make another person sit in discomfort
because of who they are.” - Advocates for Youth, "I Think I Might Be Transgender"
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Queer Muslim Resistance Podcast

"What does it look like to enact a politics of radical love, to create worlds beyond colonialism, white supremacy, and imperialism?" - "We are All We Have", Queer Muslim Resistance Podcast
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The CCGSD has chosen these 12 remarkable individuals from the hundreds of Canadians that have acted as a voice for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and advocated for equal rights and freedoms. Although known acts of injustice experienced by Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+ people go as far as the 1600s, there is much to be unearthed and shared. The goal with this list is to showcase the struggles, protests and injustice that have happened within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Canada and add these missing chapters into our history; to celebrate the lives and work of these individuals through our exhibition and continue to collaborate with the community in highlighting many others for years to come.

This source provides historical context towards the 2SLGBTQIA+ Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour communities through a thoughtful 2-page document. 

This resource highlights Queer Canadian History through the Queer Canadian History Timeline - Pre-Colonization to Present and Queer Canadian History Guidebook 

The Chinese Canadian Association of Kingston and District was founded in 1979 with the purpose of promoting cultural exchanges between the Chinese Canadian community and other Canadians; cultural heritage to preserve Chinese cultural heritage within the Canadian context; and with the purpose of providing cultural, educational, and social services to disadvantaged Chinese-Canadian people. 

The Islamic Society of Kingston is a religious organization registered in the province of Ontario as well as with Revenue Canada as a religious charity. It aims to serve the Muslims in Kingston and the area. This organization also holds spaces for prayers. 

The Queen's Student Diversity Project has created a comprehensive guide outlining the diversity situation at Queen's. This module contains information and resources pertaining to BIPoC representation on Campus and in Kingston, the navigation of predominantly white spaces, culturally relevant places on and off campus, as well as prominent BIPoC alumni. 

Together We Are is a positive community of people celebrating equity, diversity and inclusion in the Queen’s and broader Kingston community. It is a safe and collaborative space where dialogue and discussion can occur. This blog is for the passionate, the curious and anyone looking to join a positive, community of people committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Through discussing equity and shared experiences, one's own identity and their unique needs can be further realized. 

This website contains resources created by marginalized students, for them. It contains resources pertaining to PoC experiences as well as activism tips that differ depending on the racial community that one belongs to. This resource is categorized by community: Arab America, Asian America, Black America, Indigenous America, Latinz America, Mixed Race America, and Muslim America.   

A Toronto Star Op-Ed style of article detailing Desmond Cole's experiences with being unwarrantedly and inappropriately carded more than 50 times by the police in Southern Ontario. Through his story, Desmond Cole draws connections between systemic racism and this practice as well as highlights the implications of it on Black mental wellness. 

Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching is an account of how, politically and culturally, the existing script for black manhood has been rewritten for the millennial generation. Young men of this age have watched as Barack Obama was elected president but have also witnessed the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and so many other young black men killed by police or vigilante violence. Chronicling his personal and political education during these tumultuous years, Smith narrates his own coming-of-age story and his struggles to come into his own at a time when too many black men do not survive into adulthood.

In this collection, twelve Muslim-Australians - some well known, some not - reveal their candid, funny and touching stories of growing up with a dual identity.

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