Resources

A Compiled Set of Resources for the LGBTQIA2S+ Community of Trinity Western University and Their Affiliates* 

 

Content Warning: Some resources touch on suicidal thoughts and crisis hotline help, as well as address possibly triggering religious content and body dysphoria. 
 

*These resources were gathered through the collaborative work of One TWU and all thanks and appreciation goes to a group of diverse members who were willing to share with the leadership of One TWU their most cherished resources in the hopes that each new generation can have the support and education they did, and more. If you would like to contribute, send us an e-mail at lgbtqtwu@gmail.com!

General Queer Education

    Sexplanations Youtube channel: 5-10min videos on a wide range of topics to 

educate people who are new to their sexuality journey or have been walking 

this path for a long time. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/sexplanations

 

YouTube Video Titled: ‘Why the “born this way” argument doesn't advance LGBT equality’ TedTalk By: Dr. Lisa Diamond

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjX-KBPmgg4

 

YouTube Video Titled: “10 Sexualities To Know About”

By: Psych2go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEurlKy2bN0


 

Queer Theory

    YouTube video titled: Queer 

    By: Philosophy Tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hi6j2UXEZM&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop 

    

    Gender Trouble

By: Judith Butler: 

Book Description: This founding text of queer theory argues that “sex”—not just   

gender—is performative in nature, meaning that medical sexual markers are not descriptive of an 

ultimate gendered reality, but rather things that are worn performatively, much like clothing or drag (one of Butler’s prime entrances into her argument.)

 

    The History of Sexuality: Vol. 1

By: Foucault

Book Description: Arguing against the notion of “we other Victorians,” that is, that modern people are sexually liberated over and against previous generations, Foucault launches a historiography of sexuality. This work laid some of the most crucial concepts in modern queer theory, and one cannot effectively delve into queer theory without some grounding in this text. 

Lesbian Resources 

    YouTube Video Titled: “How do you know you’re a lesbain?” 

By: Melisa Chamorro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDbxEiuXEA8 

 

Youtube Video Titled: Femme Lesbian Problems 

By: Cammie Scott

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_blhciHBPJc&t=1s


 

Gay Resources

    YouTube Video Titled: My Coming Out Story and Advice

    By: Dylan Geick

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8QXYsKShNI

 

    YouTube Video Titled: I’m Gay- Eugene Lee Yang

    By: Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpipLfMiaYU

Bisexual Resources

 

Pansexual Resources

Article Titled “What is Pansexual? 10 Things You Need to Know About Pansexuality”

By: Women’s Health Magazine

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/sex-and-love/a19994281/pansexuality/

 

Article Titled: “Pansexuality Meaning And Why It's Not To Be Confused With Bisexuality”

By: Elle 

https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/a29339872/pansexual-meaning/

 

YouTube Video Titled: “What Does ‘Pansexual’ Mean” 

By: InQueery Them 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5W_eWJE5sQ

 

Asexual Resources

“What is Asexuality”- An introductory page on asexuality

By: Whatisasexuality.com 

http://www.whatisasexuality.com/intro/

 

“What Does it Mean to be Asexual?”- Article on Asexuality

By: Healthline

https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-asexual

 

Youtube Video Titled: Asexuality 101

By: Jenna Clarek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIq4HH5xPZ8&feature=youtu.be

 

Youtube Video Titled: Different Types of Asexuality | Greysexual / Demisexual

By: HeyoDamo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gLNt_CEHUM&feature=youtu.be

 

Youtube Video Titled: 7 Things Asexual People Want You to Know

By: Psych2go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i14YMpKS_CY&feature=youtu.be

 

Youtube Video Titled: 5 Asexuals Explain What “Asexual” Means To Them

By: Tinder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=lMhix4nr_0g&feature=youtu.be

Two-Spirit Resources

    Trans Connect: An organization based in the Kootenays with links and 

youtube videos on Two-Spirit orientation and history as well as more local groups one can connect with. 

http://kootenaytransgender.com/

 

Dance for all People Two-Spirit Reading List: A reading list put together by an 

Indigenous group that organize the age-old traditional dance for all people to 

bring about healing and transformation for and with mother earth and all her 

beings. Their reading list entails books on all different aspects of 

Two-Spirithood and history. 

https://danceforallpeople.com/reading-list-two-spirit/

 

Youtube Video titled: Two Spirits, One Voice

By: Egale Canadian Human Rights Trust

Their description reads: 

“Two Spirits, One Voice is an initiative that seeks to bolster support for 

persons that identify both as LGBTQI and Indigenous –Two Spirit people. 

This video, funded through both the Tegan and Sara Foundation and Laidlaw 

Foundation, attempts to educate the general public on the history and 

barriers that impact Two Spirit people in Canada. 

Two Spirit is an English umbrella term to reflect and restore Indigenous 

traditions forcefully suppressed by colonization, honouring the fluid and 

diverse nature of gender and attraction and its connection to community and 

spirituality. It is used by some Indigenous People rather than, or in addition 

to, identifying as LGBTQI.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MM7hM-Q_QM&feature=youtu.be

 

Rainbow Resource Center Educational PDF on Two-Spirit history and 

orientation

https://rainbowresourcecentre.org/files/16-08-Two-Spirit.pdf

 

Youtube Video Titled “Two Spirit” - Injunuity 

By: Vision Maker Media. 

An introductory video on what Two-Spirit is and history. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDyaknNmg28&feature=youtu.be

 

Youtube video Titled: Why We Need Gender Fluidity 

By: Nick Metcalf 

A TedTalk on Two-Spirithood and why gender fluidity is needed in our modern world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICWB8pfGBvc&feature=youtu.be

 

Trans Resources 

    Gc2b

A trans owned and operated company that makes and sells binders for all body types, skin tones and comfort levels. Their clothes are ungendered and show models of all gender expressions throughout their website. They have good prices for the quality of binder and offer installment plans for people who can’t afford to put forward the average $30 on the spot for one of their pieces. Website: gc2b.co 

 

Underworks

    Another company providing binders as well as underwear, post-surgery compression tops and other shapewear and maternity wear. Priced around the same as gc2b, they do offer well made binders. It is a larger company that does not seem to be queer run, unlike gc2b, and they do also gender their binders and compression tops. This might be important to note, incase their website is gender dysphoria triggering for anyone. (A common consensus in the queer community is that gc2b binders are higher quality and more comfortable.) 

 

Glamour Boutique 

    Website dedicated to all sorts of gender expressive clothing including binders and tucking thong gaffs. Commonly used website for drag queens to purchase beard covering makeup, clip on earrings and wigs. Very reputable in the drag community and trans community. 

 

OK2BME 

    Organization that works with all sorts of queer expressions, including trans, and offers a very easy to understand display of what is sex, gender, orientation and expression are and how they work together. Their trans resource page can be found here: https://ok2bme.ca/resources/kids-teens/trans-resources/

 

Youtube videos on binding and tucking safely

 

“How to Use a Binder Safely” By: PinkNews

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEflm8xhzBU

 

“Chest Binding 101” By: MackMan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYONzGNhYiw

    Video on how to size for both the gc2b binders and Underworks binders, important 

guidelines for binding in different weather and how long to bind for and how to buy one 

discreetly if you are in an unsafe space and how to wash them. 

    His youtube channel is also a really amazing resource for FTM trans 

people wanting an inside look at surgery and friend/family dynamics 

as well as just fun vlogs and entertaining videos. 

 

“How to Tuck! MTF Transgender Woman” By: Brandy Nitti 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqzJaM7lF4o

    Video on how to tuck with multiple different methods and resources for purchasing 

clothing to help. One website she mentioned was glamour boutique, linked above. 


 

Gender Queer Resources

Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between

By: Alex Iantaffi, Meg-John Barker

Book Description: Challenging society's rigid and binary ways of thinking, this original work shows the limitations that binary thinking has regarding our relationships, wellbeing sense of identity and more. Explaining how we can think and act in a less rigid manner, this fascinating book shows how life isn't binary.

 

How to Understand Your Gender: A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are

By: Alex Iantaffi, Meg-John Barker

Book Description: This down-to-earth guide is for anybody who wants to know more about gender, from its biology, history and sociology, to how it plays a role in our relationships and interactions with family, friends, partners and strangers. It looks at practical ways people can express their own gender, and will help you to understand people whose gender might be different from your own. With activities and points for reflection throughout, this book will help people of all genders engage with gender diversity and explore the ideas in the book in relation to their own lived experiences.

 

She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters

By: Robyn Ryle

Book Description: She/He/They/Me is a unique and engagingly creative take on an increasingly complex concept. A nontraditional, nonlinear structure allows readers to choose their own path, from a patriarchal culture to a scenario where sex doesn't even exist, and beyond. This method of individual exploration will help readers gain the understanding and confidence they need to engage in meaningful conversations about gender. 

 

Ally Resources



 

Parent Resources 

Free Mom Hugs: An organisation of parents and allies of the queer community advocating for affirmation and equality for all. They work to educate civic leaders, church leaders and families on queer issues and encourage them to not only affirm the queer community but also celebrate it. They offer things like temporary financial assistance with food and housing, name change fees, travel expenses and more. They encourage parents to get involved and get educated through their website. 

Website: https://www.freemomhugs.org/ 

 

FreedHearts: An organisation also full of parents and allies looking to educate in evangelical space spaces specifically. FreedHearts offers resources on biblical affirmation and comprehensive video courses for parents and church communities to use on gender and sexuality. They also have parent support groups and links to finding affirming churches in your area as well as in depth articles and research done on sexuality and the bible from an affirming position. 

Website: https://www.freedhearts.org/    

 

Kathy Baldock is a straight, white, evangelical, affirming ally who makes youtube videos, webinars and writes books primarily for family members and friends of LGBTQ+ people who are struggling with faith and sexuality. 

Website: www.CanyonwalkerConnections.com

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/canyonwlkr/featuredhttps://www.youtube.com/user/canyonwlkr/featured

 

Medical Resources

    The Foundry: 

Their Abbotsford or Surrey locations have resources including free counselling, an ability to see a Doctor/Nurse Practitioner, and set up appointments with psychologists for people aged 12-24. There are also support groups for those going through transition and free STI and STD testing. They also have a program called Plan-G where they help get you free medicines for mainly mental health related issues. https://foundrybc.ca/ 

 

Mental Health Resources

    TWU Wellness Center:

Their Mental Health Coordinator, Ryan Schutt is a great ally and can connect you with an affirming counsellor. As of October 29th, 2019 Ryan Schutt, Ajay Erasmus, Rebekah Rosenau-Lai, Joelle Turner and Trish Jeranie are all affirming and supportive resources and counselors in the Wellness Center. 

 

The Foundry: 

Their Abbotsford or Surrey locations have resources including free counselling, an ability to see a Doctor/Nurse Practitioner, and set up appointments with psychologists for people aged 12-24. There are also support groups for those going through transition and free STI and STD testing. They also have a program called Plan-G where they help get you free medicines for mainly mental health related issues. https://foundrybc.ca/ 

 

Groups and Churches

    Generous Space Ministries:

        Their mission statement is- “Encouraging Christ-centered spiritual 

formation by inviting people to work together to dismantle fear, division, and hostility at the intersection of faith, gender, and sexuality.” They have meetings monthly for local people who are interested and have been vetted by Beth Carlson-Malena. Beth is the coordinator of the lower mainland GS gatherings and is also a member of the One TWU community. Meetings are generally held in a house or church and topics are dependent on what the group feels they need at that time. 

Contact Beth at beth@generousspace.ca to get connected. 

Website: https://www.generousspace.ca/

 

    Open Door Church:

        Open Door Church in Maple Ridge, BC states that they are a diverse 

and affirming church dedicated to the growth and diversity of its church body. They are also deeply involved in the local community and many of its members also attend Generous Space Ministries meetings. Their community has been very welcoming to One TWU members and continues to be open to connecting anyone interested in their community.

 

Their statement on an inclusive church: We aim to practice a radical hospitality following in the footsteps of Jesus who recognized in every individual the image of God. In our diversity, we reflect the image of God — a community of faith diverse in our age, race, gender, ethnicity, diversability, gender identity, family configurations, gifts, sexuality, talents and life experiences. We invite the full participation of every member of our community as we explore and shared God’s love, both in our diversity and through our work.

 

Contact: info@opendoorfamily.ca

Website: http://opendoorfamily.ca/

 

    Parish of St. George Anglican Church

        The Parish of St. George has had a stance of affirmation that is 

constantly reaffirmed with each interaction One TWU has had with them. They have offered up their space for events and love on each One member who has attended. They are a part of the Anglican Church of Canada and their Priest- Reverend Kelly Duncan- is open to getting coffee and connecting you to the church. 

 

Contact: kduncan@stgeorgeanglican.ca

Website: https://stgeorgeanglican.ca/ 

    

    United Churches of Langley 

        United Churches of Langley’s Murrayville site is a haven for those who 

might find traditional church services too triggering. They have centering prayer services with singing bowls and candles on Wednesday mornings, contemplative Sunday services at 9am in the Sharon Chapel which also includes candles and singing bowls and some short hymns and bible passages. But the heart of that service is the 20 minute silent meditation section to allow you to rest in the spirit and listen to your body and the universe. They also have what would be considered traditional services at 10:30am in the main chapel on Sundays. There is something for everyone here and are welcome to anyone interested. 

 

Contact: office@ucol.ca

Website: https://www.unitedchurchesoflangley.ca/ 

 

Queer Event Pages

    https://gayvan.com/ is a website with all the queer events put on throughout Vancouver, from 

clubs to drag shows to poetry nights, this website has it all in one space organized by 

neighborhood and type of event. 

Crisis Hotlines

    The Trevor Project

A crisis hotline with Queer specific training that you 

can connect with in the time of a mental health crisis/emergency or suicidal 

thoughts. 

 

Call: Trevor Lifeline

1-866-488-7386

Available 24/7


    Text: TrevorText

Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200

Available Thursday and Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET

 

Online Chat: TrevorChat

Enter the online portal on The Trevor Project Website 

Available 7 days a week, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET

 

Trans Lifeline

A transgender specific lifeline for people struggling with thoughts of self-harm or struggling with their gender identity. 

Contact information:

United States

1-877-565-8860

Available 24/7

 

Canada

1-877-330-6366

Available 24/7

    

    GLBT National Help Center

They provide call, email or online chat support for a wide range of concerns including HIV/AIDS anxiety, safe sex, relationship struggles, bullying, workplace issues, as well as coming out struggles. They also have a wide database of resources on their website including in-person resources like queer sports teams you can join, support groups and religious queer spaces. 

 

Contact Information: 

Toll-Free National Hotline

1-888-843-4564

Monday – Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET

Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET

 

Youth Talkline

1-800-246-7743

Monday – Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET

Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET

For teens and young adults up to age 25

 

Online Peer-Support Chat

Monday – Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET

Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET

One-on-one confidential peer support; not for casual chatting.

 

Trans Teens Online Talk Group

Weekly moderated group for trans teens ages 12 – 19

Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. ET

 

 

Athletic Resources 

    Athlete Ally- An organization that advocates for Queer rights in sports, work 

to change policy and educate the larger community. Their mission statement 

reads: 

“Athlete Ally believes that everyone should have equal access, opportunity, 

and experience in sports — regardless of your sexual orientation, gender 

identity or gender expression. Our mission is to end the rampant 

homophobia and transphobia in sport and to activate the athletic 

community to exercise their leadership to champion LGBTQ equality.”

 

Outsports- A online news resource with articles daily about professional queer athletes, athlitic policy and other sports and queer related topics. 

Website: https://www.outsports.com/


 

Podcasts

These podcasts are suggestions taken from the internet and some of our members and have not been fully vetted by One TWU. Some touch on queerness and spirituality, some mainly spirituality and others primarily queerness in some capacity. 

 

    The Liturgists

    Making Queer History

    Queerology 

    Sisters of Thunder

    Homebrewed Christianity 

    This Way Out

    Homoground

    Transition Transmission

Books
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