Upcoming Events

Jun 16 2020 Pride /

TSA Technical Series | Workplace Inclusion for Gender and Sexual Diversity 🏳️‍🌈

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Online via Zoom Webinar



Workplace Inclusion for Gender and Sexual Diversity

As part of our commitment to creating a more inclusive and welcoming profession and industry, and in celebration of Pride Month, join us for this special online technical lecture with Egale, Canada’s leading organization for LGBTQI2S people and issues, as we explore and discuss LGBTQI2S identities and how to foster safer spaces in the workplace.

This fast-paced webinar followed with a Q&A session will introduce participants to the diverse identities and experiences captured by the LGBTQI2S acronym, including their relationship to four components of human identity related to gender and sexual diversity. Participants will learn how and why an individual’s identity directly impacts their experience of the world, and how social norms can lead to discriminatory systems and practices. These ideas will then be used to ground a discussion on the importance of respectful and inclusive language as a component of fostering safer spaces. Participants will leave the session with both inspirations and tips for becoming more affirming and inclusive in their professional and other daily activities.

What we’ll be covering

  • Welcome
  • The Acronym
    • Review of Basic Definitions
    • Introduction to change of societal ideas about identity over time
  • Identity: We Have a Lot Going on
    • The four independent categories of human identity
    • Importance of access to LGBTQI2S terminology
    • Impact of exclusionary workspaces on well being
  • Promising Practices & Capacity Building
    • Inclusive workplace policies
    • Affirming pronouns and language best practices
    • Strategies for practicing life-long allyship
  • Q&A and Follow-Up


About our Speaker: Egale | equal not other

Egale is Canada’s leading organization for LGBTQI2S people and issues. Egale’s mission is to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues. Egale will achieve this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education, awareness and legal advocacy. 

Their vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias





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TSA Pride  |  The Toronto Society of Architects is committed to creating a more inclusive and welcoming  Society, profession and industry. As part of Pride Month, we have created a special series of events exploring questions of diversity and inclusion. Check out our 3 special events for Pride 2020: Virtual Pride FloatsWorkshop on Inclusive Workplaces, and a special Pride edition of TSA CONNECT