SexGen York is the University-wide committee responsible for advising and advocating around issues and concerns of sexual and gender diversity. This includes areas such as university policies and procedures (e.g. name change protols), academic climate (e.g. homo/transphobia in the classroom) or general Unviersity environment (e.g. employment and safety). The Chair of the SexGen York committee reports through the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion to the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights (PACHR).
SexGen meets monthly throughout the year and engages in the following:
Events: Planning, sponsoring, creating awareness and visibility and opportunities for the York community to participate in festivals and events such as Pride Toronto, Trans Day of Remembrance, International Day Against Homophobia and other days or events of significance related to sexual and gender diversity.
Communication: Creating materials, campaigns, and publications (print and online) to support the work of other committees and to promote SexGen York.
Advocacy: Raising and responding to issues, gaps, and concerns on campus, and working to provide opportunities for input and participation of gender and sexually diverse members of campus on issues that affect us.
SexGen York, formerly known as the Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisory Committee, was created following the establishment of a President’s Task Force on Homophobia and Heterosexism in 1994.
SexGen York aims to foster an accessible, inclusive, affirming intersectional environment for sexual and gender diversity among students, staff, faculty and community members at York University. We engage in advocacy, education and campaigns, and we support campus services and resources for gender and sexual diversity.
We strive for York University to be free from prejudice and discrimination towards sexual and gender diversity as these intersect and interact with oppression in all its forms.
Since its inception, SexGen has worked hard to make York a more diverse, inclusive, and affirming community. Some of our proudest achievements include:
- Initiated the very first Positive Space training programs on both York campuses.
- Successfully advocated for gender-neutral/trans-inclusive washrooms across York.
- Worked to create additional residence support for students with diverse sexual and gender identities.
- Hosted multiple events, conferences, and workshops, marking significant occasions such as Trans Day of Remembrance (Nov 20), International Day Against Homophobia (May 17) and Pride (June).
- Supported Pride Flag ceremonies at Keele and Glendon campuses, and partnered on major Pride activities at York and downtown.
- Responded to individual requests for support and advocacy by members of the York community.
Interested in volunteering? Email email@example.com to learn how you can get involved.
Pride Community Quilt Event
SexGen York is hosting a quilt-making community engagement event on Wednesday, May 15th @ 1:00 in Ross South, Room 802!
Join us as we decorate squares that will be used to create a large community quilt (reminiscent of the AIDS quilts) with the burnt section of the TDOR banner at the center. The quilt will be taking the place of the pride flag, in light of anti-colonial concerns about flag symbolism and, in particular, in response to two trans people getting arrested when they raised these concerns at this past year's trans day of remembrance ceremony at Queen's Park.
The quilt will hang in York Lanes during June, 2019, and will be used throughout York’s Pride Month celebrations. This is a unique community-building opportunity that will generate a conversation about harm, resilience and restoration.
Quilt square fabric, paint and other decorating items will be provided. Participants are also encouraged to bring decorating items that have symbolic meaning to them. Registration is appreciated to help with event planning but drop-ins are welcome!
All members of the York community are encouraged to attend this free community-building event. Light refreshments will be provided.
Drop-ins welcome, registration is appreciated: https://www.yorku.ca/rights/forms/view.php?id=84
- Gender Expression/Gender Identity: A Guide for Students, Faculty, & Staff (Inclusive Language)
- Gender/LGBTQ*/Positive Space
- Sexual/Gender-Based Violence
Membership on SexGen York is open to all campus community members who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, as they intersect with broader human rights issues.
There are sixteen voting members of SexGen, but all meetings are open to all members of the York community.
We encourage you to get involved by attending a meeting, becoming a voting member, participating in events or activities sponsored by the committee or joining one of our sub-committees. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.