Sher Vancouver runs three peer support groups for queer South Asians called Pyar is Pyar (queer South Asian youth and friends 19 to 30), Sher Lotus (queer South Asian queer and trans women, non-binary, and two-spirited people who are 19+), and the Dosti Project Monthly Meetup (queer South Asians and friends 19+). Please see shervancouver.com for details. They are led by queer South Asian people for queer South Asian people and their friends and allies.
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Are the forms used in your practice inclusive of various sexual orientations and gender identities (e.g., opportunities to fill in pronouns, etc.)?
Do you collect and use preferred names (rather than legal names) for all communications?
Do you and your colleagues ask about pronouns and use them appropriately?
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for trans individuals accessing your services?
—Yes, to some extent
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for Two-Spirit individuals accessing your services?
—Yes, to some extent
Do you offer Indigenous 2S/LGBTQ+ specific resources, for example Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers?
Are you and your colleagues comfortable asking relevant questions about gender identity and sexual orientation?
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for LGBQ individuals accessing your services?
Can you and your colleagues distinguish gender/identity dysphoria/distress from mental health conditions?
Do you and your colleagues have experience working with people who identify as living with a disability or chronic illness? Please tell us more about your experience and any training you have received. (For example, do you have experience working with people with diverse physical or cognitive abilities, or those who are living with specific chronic illness(es)?
Does your practice have gender-neutral washrooms?
Are there clear anti-discrimination policies that include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation in your organization or practice?
Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in decolonizing their practices and/or organization? If yes, please type below what actions you and/or your organization are taking.
The facilitators have lived experience and identify as BIPOC and LGBTQ+. Sher Vancouver invites guest speakers and workshop presenters that identify as BIPOC and LGBTQ+ so we are creating opportunities and capacity within our community.
Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in anti-racist practices, policies, and systems in their care model?
Last updated: June 7, 2023
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