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Safe Space

BC Cancer is a welcoming space for gender and sexual minorities. This includes all members of the LGTBQ2S+ spectrum (lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual, queer/questioning, Two-Spirit, etc.).

BC Cancer’s Working Group on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) works to ensure that BC Cancer is a safe and welcoming space for gender and sexual minorities.

What we do:

  • Host learning opportunities for staff 
  • Update our physical environment 
  • Graphic design to make our patient education materials more inclusive

Why are we doing this?

  • Even though we all try our best, research by Cathcart-Rake (2018), Gonzoles &  Zinone 2018), Margolies (2014) and others shows that gender and sexual minorities are still not experiencing inclusive health care.
  • Creating a safe space is one way that we are working towards addressing and caring for the needs of historically and currently marginalized individuals.
  • To act in in accordance to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the BC Human Rights Code, which includes gender identity and expression as protected grounds from discrimination.

Where can people find more information? 

BC Cancer Library celebrates LGBT History Month in October & National 'Coming Out' Day on October 11th

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