Queer Spiritual Spaces centers and celebrates queer and trans and faith communities. The purpose of this program is to provide one-on-one support, referrals and build communal multi-faith spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ students who want to explore spirituality. This program is accessible to people of all faiths and of diverse relationships to spirituality. Students can access appointments or drop in for individual conversation with a peer support person, find resources, and join community discussions and workshops. This program is a collaborative project with the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office and Emmanuel College.
2SLGBTQIA+ students who want to explore spirituality. Program is accessible to people of all faiths and of diverse relationships to spirituality.
How The Program Works
One-to-one appointments & drop-ins
Individual appointments in person or online are available.
In-person drop-ins are also available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 – 5 p.m.
Facilitated workshops, discussions and socials that build community, share learning and positive/affirming resources on diverse spiritualities and faiths for 2SLGBTQIA+ students.
Program Activities & Schedule7 Dec
Cookies and Chat
Drop in to decorate a cookie and eat it too! This is a drop-in social space where you can meet new people and make new friends. This event is part of a larger Wellness Wednesday program where games, massage and light refreshments will be available.Register30 Nov
Practicing Self Compassion to Transform Shame
In this workshop, we will unpack the emotion of shame and learn and practice elements of self compassion that can heal and transform feelings of shame. Students will have the opportunity to connect with peers through discussion as well as to reflect, visualize and learn concrete ways to practice self compassion.Register
Program Student Team
Role on Team: Peer Support and Community Facilitator
Yijia (pronounced ee-ja) is motivated to provide an inclusive multi-faith space which is queer & trans-positive and accessible. As for Yijia's academic background, they hold an Honours Bachelor of Science at U of T, majoring in Psychology. Their undergraduate thesis focused on the factors that empower and disempower coming-out experiences of people in the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Yijia demonstrated their leadership using trauma-informed and anti-oppression approaches by initiating an Asian Queer support group when anti-Asian hate crime numbers rose during the pandemic.
Program of Study: Master of Pastoral Studies at Emmanuel College, psychotherapy and spiritual care
Learn more about Yijia