Educational Resources

Bring down the Barriers: Addressing the Challenges of LGBTQIA+ Newcomers

In this one hour webinar Aleks Selim Dughman Manzur (they/them), Co-Executive Director: Programming & Advocacy at Rainbow Refugee Society and Dave Kerr (he/him), Director of LGBTQ+ Refugee Programs, Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCC) discuss the specific settlement barriers faced by LGBTQIA+ refugees, im/migrants and newcomers, and share some strategies to address them. Recorded on Tuesday, March 15, 2023. 


The Indigenous Orientation Toolkit (IOTK), for Newcomers to Canada

The Indigenous Orientation Toolkit (IOTK), initiated by Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, is designed to be a tool to enhance bridges between the Indigenous and newcomer communities and to educate them about Indigenous history, culture and contemporary realities. The IOTK also aims to combat oppressive beliefs and stereotypes about Indigenous peoples by seeking to build awareness, debunk myths, and develop an understanding of newly arrived immigrants and refugees and those who help them settle in Manitoba. The complete website ( will soon be available with completed learning modules on seven different themes, access to additional resources, videos of our Healing Hearts episodes over the last year, and much more.

Understanding Asexuality

Asexual people – also known as “Ace” or “Aces” – may have little interest in having sex, even though they desire emotionally intimate relationships. Within the ace community there are many ways for people to identify. This a Trevor Project FAQ and guide to asexual terms and concepts. 

Crescent Moon: A Facilitator’s Guide to Supporting Family Members of LGBTQ+ Muslims

A practical facilitators manual for supporting family members of LGBTQ+ Muslims. The guide begins with a brief discussion on background, intended participants, group objectives, and facilitator considerations. It follows with a review of 8 session topics that include:  Common Questions Family Members Ask When Someone Comes Out Part 1 & 2; Grief, Loss, & Fear; The Community; My Islam; The Acceptance Spectrum; LGBTQ+ People "Back Home"; and Ally Pressures. each session include check-in and check-out questions, exercises, discussion questions, and resources. 

Understanding the Realities of Gender Diverse Peoples to Strengthen our Care Systems

In this presentation, Zakary-Georges Gagné (she/they) will discuss the role that organizations or institutions offering care or support have in the creation of welcoming and intersectional spaces for gender diverse peoples, with  specific attention to French-language spaces. 

This Webinar was presented and recorded on February 28, 2023.

Aromantic Resources

These are centralized locations for aromantic resources. 

It s a collection of materials to use, as well as both informative and interactive online resources on the topic of aromanticism.

The interactive resources put together are checked for inclusion of aromantic people. 

Beyond Positive Intentions: Providing Equitable Services for LGBTQ+ Newcomers

This keynote address, organized by Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, is based on Access Alliance’s Community-based research project, Among Friends: Overcoming Systemic Discrimination and Building Positive Spaces for Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans (LGBTQ+) Newcomer Women, which investigated the experiences and needs of LGBTQ+ newcomers, with a focus on those who came to Canada through the refugee stream. In addition to project findings, this presentation describes the broader socio-economic/historical/legal context within which LGBTQ+ newcomers/refugees arrive to, and settle in, Canada. Khadijah Kanji and Serena Nudel share Access Alliance’s evidence-informed model of service delivery, and how they have applied the findings of their research to create safer spaces for LGBTQ+ newcomer communities. It was delivered on Thursday, October 22, 2020. 

Theorizing Conscious Black Asexuality through Claire Kann’s Let’s Talk about Love

This article is by the scholar, Brittney Miles, University of Cincinatti

Asexuality is often defined as some degree of being void of sexual attraction, interest, or desire. Black asexual people have been made invisible, silent, or pathologized in most fiction, scholarly literature, and mainstream LGBTQ movements. Claire Kann’s 2018 young adult romance novel, Let’s Talk About Love, explores Black asexuality at the intersection of race and (a)sexuality. Through the story of the Black, bi-romantic, asexual, 19 year-old college student Alice Johnston, this text illuminates the diversity of Black sexuality in the Black Diaspora. Using a Black feminist sociological literary analysis to complete a close reading of the novel, I interrogate what Let’s Talk about Love offers for defining a Black asexual politic. To consider Black asexual politics beyond the controlling images of the asexual Mammy figure, and not merely in juxtaposition to the hypersexual Jezebel, calls us to instead center agency and self-definition. This project seeks to answer what Conscious Black Asexuality is, why it is a necessary concept for asexuality studies and the Diaspora, where we locate Black asexuality in Black history, and how Let’s Talk about Love by Claire Kann presents a depiction of Black agentic queerness that reclaims agency and intimacy within one’s sexual politics.

A Ten Oaks Project

The Ten Oaks Project is a charitable, volunteer-driven organization that engages and connects children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ (two spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) identities, families, and communities.

The Ten Oaks Project engages and connects children and youth from LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer) communities through programs and activities rooted in play. Ten Oaks offer four annual camp programs to children and youth: Camp Ten Oaks (ages 8-17), Project Acorn (ages 16-24), Oak Grove Family Camp (all ages), and Camp Lifting Leaves (ages 8-21).