Bringing Ourselves In: Creating Spaces of Welcome for 2S/LGBTQIA+ People

Level One Partner Workshop With anya gwynne



Tuesday, September 24, 2024 | 1:00-4:30 PM EST


Hosted via Zoom. Participants will be able to attend online or call in over the phone.

Course Description

Bringing Ourselves In: Creating Spaces of Welcome for 2S/LGBTQIA+ People is a dynamic training that contextualizes current issues experienced by minority sexual orientations, gender diverse and intersex people that engage with your organization. We explore intersectional identities, social determinants, systemic bias, issues related to gender identity and expression, and how to create welcoming spaces and more affirming interactions with service seekers. This training is an interactive experience, offering a supportive environment to engage and ask questions that benefit personal and professional development.

Learning Outcomes

  • Informed on context and current issues that affect 2S/LGBTQIA+ people
  • Develop an affirming care approach
  • Better understand gender identity and expression
  • Awareness of language
  • Avoid lateral violence
  • Manage mistakes… because we all make mistakes!

Basic Breakdown of Training Components

  • Welcome and goals
  • Canadian context of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Understanding Intersectionality
  • Social determinants of health
  • Our social location
  • Components of human identity
  • Understanding gender identity and expression
  • Expanding our understanding of gender-based violence
  • Why language matters and how it can be a distraction
  • Your role and ways to create more welcoming spaces
  • Questions and resources


  • Early Bird Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $44.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $54.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Participants Outside of Peterborough: $64.00*

*Plus Eventbrite’s fee.


Who should attend this workshop?
This workshop is designed specifically for helping professionals. We define “helping professional” as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service.

How many people can attend?
Registration for this workshop has been capped at 35 participants.

What is a level one partner workshop?
This refers to a workshop that is being put on by another organization or individual with the support of A Question of Care. It is also being offered at a more basic, 101 level, though it can be beneficial to anyone regardless of their experience.

Will I receive a certificate for attending?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after participating in the workshop and filling out a post-course evaluation.

Will this session be recorded?
No, this session will not be recorded in order to maintain the privacy of participants, but any relevant slides and handouts will be sent to attendees.

What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the workshop. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. If we must cancel the workshop, you will receive a full refund. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-872-2197.

The cost of this workshop has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Additionally, local participants can contact us to apply for a bursary.

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  • anya gwynne

    anya gwynne is a queer educator and gender disruptor, who leans into awkward conversations. Over the last 15 years, they have engaged service providers, educators, and communities to create welcoming spaces and more affirming services for 2S/LGBTQIA+ people. Recently, they began a coaching practice to support parents and families of Trans and non-binary youth. anya is grateful to have worked across Turtle Island with diverse and intergenerational humans, witnessing their stories of resistance and transformation.

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