427 Unicentre Building
The GLBTQ Centre was established 20 years ago, in 1992. Evolving from the GLB Centre to the GLBT Centre in 1995, and now to the GLBTQ Centre for Sexual and Gender Identity, everyday we seek to continue to diversify our programming and remain accessible for all students at Carleton University.
The GLBTQ Centre aims to be a safe space for all people and is dedicated to raising awareness about queer issues at Carleton and beyond. We seek to address homo-phobia, bi-phobia and trans-phobia through educational workshops, speaking engagements, campaigns, lobbying efforts and special events. Each year The Centre hosts numerous events with something for everyone. You do not need to identify, or ‘label’ yourself in any way to participate in our annual highly anticipated events such as our Safer Sex and Venus Envy workshops, or Drag Show competition.
The Centre operates on a strict Safe(r) Space Policy and asks that all visitors, members and volunteers respect it, and do their part to ensure that the Carleton GLBTQ Centre is a safe space for everyone. The Centre also provides you with an extensive resource library open to all students, confidential peer support, safer sex kits, free condoms and dental dams, and a welcoming environment. The Centre always welcomes new members and allies from on and around the Carleton campus, and maintain a space where everyone can come together and express themselves while feeling safe and comfortable.
If you would like to learn more about The GLBTQ Centre or about how to become a volunteer come by the office today!
There are many exciting ways to get involved in The GLBTQ Centre and everyone is invited to participate. Check out below to see some of our volunteer opportunities:
Our volunteers keep our doors open to provide the desperately needed support services for students. They also help facilitate, plan and organize events throughout the year. Volunteers are required to undergo Carleton University Safe Space Training, and Office Training before becoming a key holder for The Centre. This position is available for the Carleton Co-curricular Record.
General Membership Collective
Every member has a vote in The Centres activities and general direction with coordinators having veto power. This allows all members to have direct input in The Centres yearly planning and volunteer opportunities. Within the Collective, Events Committees regarding large scale events like Ottawa Pride, Campus Pride and the Volunteer Gay-la are created. Join our mailing list to stay up to date on meeting times.
Committees are responsible to work with the coordinators to plan and execute many of our large-scale events. Some of these include Campus Pride Week, the Volunteer Gay-la, and Ottawa Pride. Any student can suggest new events for the Centre to run throughout the year.
Start your own Event Night!
We also provide various training opportunities, throughout the year, for both members and volunteers. They range from First Aid Training to Trans 101 to How to Support a Friend Workshops.
The GLBTQ Centre was established in 1992 as simply the GLB Centre. At the ie we had only one part-time coordinator. However in 1995, the collective voted to include trans-identified people in the acronym and we became the GLBT Centre, with two full-time coordinators. In 2006, the collective once again votedto make the centre as inclusive as possible and we became the GLBQT Centre for Sexual and Gender Identity. Over the last 16 years, we have continued to diversify our programming and remain completely accessible for all students at Carleton University.
Lesbian, Gay, Bi Youth Line
Ottawa Distress Centre
Carleton Health & Counselling Services
Carleton Equity Services
Jer’s Vision: Canada Youth Diversity Initiative
613-562-5800 x 6486
Youth Services Bureau
AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO)
Centretown Community Health Centre
Ottawa Sexual Health Centre
Pink Triangle Services
Capital Xtra: Ottawa’s GLBTQ News