Well it’s been a hectic, wet, first week of the semester, hasn’t it folks?

Welcome back to everyone returning, and welcome welcome to all our new additions!

It was an exciting Pride-filled summer, filled with tabling at Surrey Pride, Dyke Festival, and New West Pride. We also coordinated our largest showing at the Vancouver Pride Parade ever! We had support and showings from SFU, SFSS Advocacy & Board, the GSS, Women’s Centre, SFPIRG, FNSA, TSSU, SAC, The Peak, the Department of GSWS, and probably more I’m forgetting… We have so much gratitude for everyone who came out to support OOC, and for all the wonderful volunteers involved in making it happen.

Now we’re well underway into the new semester and Fall outreach (shock and surprise, we are already busy as can be). We had hundreds of students come through our space during Orientation last week, and believe you me, it was super exciting to share our OOC love with all of them.

And now: the News! 
(also, some approved Collective minutes, attached)


Out on Campus Happenings
1. OOC Fall Outreach 
2. Volunteering at OOC
3. OOC Collective meets Wednesdays this semester!
4. Positive Space Network – Intro Module: Wed Oct 23rd 11:15am-1:15pm
5. Queer History Project
6. Trans* and Gender Diversity Project – Advisory Committee Info sessions – Wed Sept 25th

7. Weekly Mindfulness Hour
8. Mia Mingus Events – Oct 19th & 20th 
  a. Community Building Workshop
  b. Disability Justice Talk
  c. Writing From the Ugly

Community Events/Happenings
9. Truth and Reconciliation at SFU: Events and Volunteer Needs
10. Build SFU surveys, focus groups, and Open Houses 
11. Surrey Pride Society: Cocktails and Canapes – September 14th 7pm, The Galbraith in New Westminster
12. Youth & Gender Media Project – Callout for Youth Facilitators
13. GenderQueer Vancouver
14. Qmunity's Chronically LGBTQ: Support group for adults living with chronic illness
15. Job opportunity in social media
16. SRS/GAS Resource group starting at Qmunity
17. Prism Education Series: Info Sessions on Gender Affirming Surgery in BC
18. Research Request


1. OOC Fall Outreach

We’ll be holding it down rainbow-outreach-style at Week of Welcome (Convo Mall on Fri Sept 6), Burnaby Clubs Days (Convo Mall Tue Sept 10 – Thu Sept 12), and Surrey Clubs Days (Surrey Campus Tue Sept 17 & Wed Sept 18). Drop by our table for rainbow mustache stickers, pins, Consent Toolboxes, or just to chat!

Current volunteers, please come sign up to table for us! We have particular need for help on Tue Sept 10 & Thu Sept 12 (Burnaby Club Days), and Tue Sept 17 & Wed Sept 18 (Surrey Club Days). Sign-ups in the lounge.


2. Volunteering at OOC

Would you like to volunteer with Out on Campus? It's as easy as 1-2-3 (and 4)! 
Step 1: Attend an Orientation 
Step 2: Attend All Volunteer Training 
Step 3: Choose a Project
Step 4: Complete a Supplementary Training (Info/offerings available with inquiry)

Use this handy dandy form to sign up for upcoming volunteer orientation/training. Can't sign up for everything right now? No problem. Submit what you can now, and use the form again later to fill in the blanks. 

If you have questions about volunteering, trainings, or would like to see whether you can make alternate arrangements, please email ooc@sfss.ca

Library & Office
Queer History Project
Positive Space Network
Trans* & Gender-Diversity Project


3. OOC Collective meets Wednesdays this semester!

Collective is the decision-making body of Out on Campus, and meets every week to discuss budget and plan events. Collective is run by a consensus decision making process, which values discussion before seeking a majority decision. Anyone can join Collective. We meet in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

Interim Collective will be next Wednesday, September 11th from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

This semester’s regular Collective meeting time (starting September 18th) will be Wednesdays from 1:30pm – 2:30pm.


4. Positive Space Network – Intro Module: Wed Oct 23rd 11:15am-1:15pm

The Positive Space Network will be launching beginning in October! The Positive Space Network aims to create an environment welcoming of sexual and gender diversity by providing educational workshops to staff/faculty/ and students of all backgrounds. 

The first Introduction Module workshop is scheduled for October 23, 11:15AM-1:15PM. This workshop has 20 seats available, and will require RSVP which will be sent out when registration begins in September. This workshop is open to staff, faculty, and students of SFU at no cost.

Additional workshops can be provided for your group at a small cost. We can work with your group to make these workshops fit the needs of the group as best as possible. 

Please contact Markus at positivespace@sfss.ca to join the Positive Space Network mailing list, ask questions, find out about volunteer opportunities and to set up workshops.


5. Queer History Project

The SFU Queer History Project is dedicated to archiving and making available documents, oral history, and ephemera from SFU's past of queer organizing. It is going to be organizing a number of events this October, details to be announced. Please contact queerhistory@sfss.ca if you want to become involved in the project.


6. Trans* and Gender Diversity Project – Advisory Committee Info sessions – Wed Sept 25th

For the last 4 months Out on Campus has been working on a trans* and gender diversity (T&GD) project. A main goal of this project is creating a guide for T&GD students outlining polices and climate of the university as it relates to T&GD students. One can think of this as a survival guide for T&GD students.

This Fall Out on Campus is looking for people to get involved with the Advisory Committee, which will oversee production of the guide, recommending policy changes to the university, strengthening the T&GD community through education and events, and getting the word out about the project. There are two information sessions on September 25th : one at 12:30pm and one at 4:00pm in the Out on Campus lounge. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

 To find out more, contact Devyn, the trans and gender diversity project coordinator at transguide@sfss.ca.  


7. Weekly Mindfulness Hour

Starting in October, Out on Campus will be hosting a drop-in Weekly Mindfulness Hour facilitated by SFU Health & Counselling Services.

Time and day to be determined. Interested? Please email ooc@sfss.ca.


8. Mia Mingus Events: Community Building, Disability Justice, Writing from the Ugly – October 19th and 20th

Out on Campus is proud to be partnered with SFPIRG and others to bring these events to Vancouver. Mia is a writer and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice to end child sexual abuse.

a. Community Building Workshop

Sat. Oct 19th, 10am to 5pm
@ Segal Centre, 500 Granville St., Vancouver

In this day-long workshop, we will figure out how to deal with conflict and difference within   social justice communities. The workshop will equip participants with new skills and tools that will enable us to work together in ways that strengthen us (instead of hurting us) and allow space for growth & healing.

Everyone welcome, but advance registration is required. ASL translation will be available if requested before October 15th. Register atwww.sfpirg.ca

b. Disability Justice Talk

Sun. Oct 20th, 10am to 2pm
@ SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

A Disability Justice analysis deepens & strengthens our work for social justice because ableism undergirds whose bodies are considered desirable or disposable. This workshop will give participants a chance to engage with the Disability Justice framework and understand how it connects with different communities, movements, and access.  

Everyone welcome, but advance registration is required. Communication Access Realtime Translation (live captioning) will be provided at this event. ASL translation will be available if requested before October 15th. Register at www.sfpirg.ca.

c. Writing From the Ugly

Sun. Oct 20th, 4pm—7pm 
@ SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver 

In this writing workshop participants will get the chance to explore Moving Towards the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability, a speech given by Mia Mingus two years ago. In her talk, Mia critiques the concept of beauty and our desire for it. She challenges us instead to    embrace our ugly and remember our magnificence.

Everyone welcome, but advance registration is required. ASL translation will be available if  requested before October 15th. Register at www.sfpirg.ca.


9. Truth and Reconciliation at SFU: Events and Volunteer Needs

The SFU Senate passed a motion recognizing the singular significance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) national event taking place in Vancouver this September. 

The TRC was established to contribute to truth, healing and reconciliation as part of a comprehensive response to the Indian Residential School legacy. The TRC represents a sincere indication and acknowledgement of the injustices and harms experienced by Aboriginal peoples, and the need for continued healing, in an effort to work towards a stronger and healthier future. 

In addition to the motion, SFU has developed programming to acknowledge the importance of reconciliation and the TRC.

September 12 – SFU Day for Reconciliation.
Location: SFU Burnaby, SFU Theatre (Convocation Mall)
Time: All day 

Featuring keynote speakers Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and Karen Joseph of Reconciliation Canada, the day will also include a traditional lunch and a screening of We Were Children, a film which reveals the impact of the residential school system through the stories of two children facing immeasurable adversity.

To register, click here

September 22 – SFU at the Walk for Reconciliation 
Location: Begins at Woodward’s Atrium, continues at VPL
Time: Meet/Breakfast 8:15-9am, Walk 10am

Join SFU and 50,000 others to help achieve far-reaching impact that will be felt amongst everyone – all ages, all cultures, all faiths – at the Walk for Reconciliation. To register for the walk, click here and search for team SFU and/or team captain Andrew Petter. The full schedule of walk events is available here:  http://www.sfu.ca/reconciliation/walk.html

For more on Reconciliation and events at SFU, please visit: http://www.sfu.ca/reconciliation.html

For more on Reconciliation Canada, please visit: http://reconciliationcanada.ca/


10. Build SFU surveys, focus groups, and Open Houses

We’re building a Student Union Building! Get involved in the largest student-led project in SFU history. Do the survey and sign-up for a focus group at buildsfu.ca.

From September 9th to October 4th, undergraduate students are encouraged to fill out the Build SFU Survey and contribute their insight into the creation of the Student Union Building (SUB). Each student who completes the survey will be entered into a draw to win a fantastic Whistler Prize Pack, including two nights stay at the Listel Hotel and much more! Click here for more details:http://buildsfu.sfss.ca/get-involved/survey.

Focus groups are a unique opportunity to assist the architect team in selecting a site and space program for the SUB. We want undergraduate students to tell the architects one-on-one what would make the SUB theirs.

For a complete list of focus groups and to reserve spots, click here: http://buildsfu.sfss.ca/get-involved/focus-groups

The Architect Open House events are another opportunity to ask questions and provide insight into the creation of the SUB. These events are open to the entire SFU community including faculty and staff. We encourage any graduate students, faculty and non-undergraduate student members of your organization to attend these events. Click here for dates and times: http://buildsfu.sfss.ca/get-involved/open-house


11. Surrey Pride Society: Cocktails and Canapes – September 14th 7pm, The Galbraith in New Westminster

An evening of sophistication, delightful food and good company at The Galbraith Manor, in New Westminster. Tickets are $15. Emailjen@surreypride.ca for tickets, or call Jen Marchbank at 604-996-6195


12. Youth & Gender Media Project – Callout for Youth Facilitators

Check Your Head (CYH) is a youth-driven non-profit organization recruiting youth facilitators for the third year of the Youth and Gender Media Project. Selected youth will participate in a training and mentorship program and lead workshops in schools around the Lower Mainland and BC. The project is focused on engaging youth around issues of gender representation, the media, and violence prevention through peer-led popular education workshops.

Click here for more info.


13. GenderQueer Vancouver

A free, fun and inclusive space for folk who identify outside the gender binary to connect and socialise! Please join us in room 1 at QMUNITY, 1170 Bute St, 6pm-7:30pm on the first and third Monday of each month (Please note, this location is unfortunately not currently wheelchair accessible).

For more information, please contact genderqueer@qmunity.ca or 604 684 5307 x 112


14. Qmunity's Chronically LGBTQ: Support group for adults living with chronic illness

A peer-facilitated social, caring support group for adults living with chronic illness and/or disability. The group meets to provide support, education, and to share resources.

Chronically LGBTQ meets on the last Wednesday of each month, 5:30-7:00pm in room #610 – 1033 Davie Street. For more information contact generations@qmunity.ca or 604-684-8449


15. Job opportunity in social media

“Are you a politically informed social media freak who digs all things queer? I am hiring a graduate or undergraduate student to help me shape a social media campaign that documents my current research project on same-sex marriage in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. The successful applicant will create a blog, a twitter account, and a Facebook page for this project. She/they/he will work with me to develop posts with the intention of creating a network of followers for the purpose of recruiting possible interviewees and promoting the book. You should have good writing skills and a strong grasp of how to fashion compelling narratives and message on these social media platforms.

This position is three hours a week, at a rate of pay of $18. I am looking for someone who can commit to a minimum of one year, with the possibility of extending it to two. The number of hours may fluctuate, but will typically average 12 hours per month.”

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, a cv/resume, a short writing sample such as a blog entry, and the names and contact information of two referees to: echenier@gmail.com

Deadline for applications is September 15th.


16. SRS/GAS Resource group starting at Qmunity

SRS/GAS Resource will facilitate an interface between people who have undergone gender affirming surgery (such as but not limited to vaginoplasty, chest surgery, orchiectomy, hysterectomy, phalloplasty etc.) and people who are preparing to undergo gender affirming surgery.

This meeting is an opportunity for:

– people undergoing SRS/GAS to discuss topics such as safety, surgical complications, documentation, pain management, pre-op preparations, staff competency and other issues that they may be concerned with.

– people who have experience with SRS/GAS to share their real-life experiences with the intention of informing those who are preparing to do the same.

This meeting is intended as an informational group rather than a therapy/support group, and is not a source of medical advice but rather sharing of lived experience. Any medical information given within meetings should be checked with a medical professional.

Meetings will consist of a presentation, followed by a question and answer period and an open-to-all discussion. For further information please contact srsr@qmunity.ca or 604-684-5307 ext. 112.


17. Prism Education Series: Info Sessions on Gender Affirming Surgery in BC

In 2012, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) published new Standards of Care to guide practice for those working with trans and gender variant clients in a range of disciplines. These standards are currently being implemented in parts of B.C. and will include some changes to the process and principles of care around medical transition, including surgeries.  We are offering these sessions to answer questions on these changes and to help individuals and their care providers navigate the system of care.

The September 19th session will be geared towards healthcare providers directly involved in gender affirming care for trans and gender variant individuals.

The September 26th session is for anyone with an interest in gender affirming care for trans and gender variant individuals. This session is for community members and the general public, everyone is welcome.

Both sessions will focus on healthcare for adults 19+ and information in each session will be tailored to the needs of the specific audiences.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register to attend in-person, please email: Jennifer.ho2@vch.ca  

These sessions will also be offered via webinar and will be recorded. 


18. Research Request

"My name is Jessica Parker and I am a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. My supervisor, Dr. Paul Vasey, and I are interested in the partner preferences of women with biological homosexual and/or heterosexual son(s). Previous research suggests that the maternal female relatives of gay men produce more children compared to the maternal female relatives of straight men. Therefore, we are interested in examining the mating psychology of women to see if differences in their partner preferences might be influencing this differential reproduction.

To this end, we are inviting you (women with biological homosexual or heterosexual sons) to participate in an ONLINE survey that will take 15-20 minutes of your time. You will be asked a few questions about your reproductive health and will then be asked to rate how attractive you find a series of photos.

We would be very grateful for you participation. The results of this study will be used to satisfy the thesis component of a Masters degree in Psychology.

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please email me at: jessica.parker@uleth.ca

Alternatively, you can copy and paste the link below into your browser, which will take you directly to the survey:http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?A98DE1F8ABECF9FDAB "



That's all for now, lovelies! See you around OOC!

Please note that mentions of external events in our newsletter does not necessarily imply endorsement.