Pride Central is a lobbying, advocacy, peer support, and referral service centre that provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and queer students and community members. Open to the whole community, Pride Central acts as a resource library and education centre with a focus on ending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The centre acts as a safe and supportive environment where you can engage with your own identity, connect with others, and flourish as an informed person passionate about social justice!
So, what do we offer?
Pride Central offers a variety of social services, including a resource library of books, movies, music, leaflets, magazines, and zines, all of which deal primarily with sexual diversity, gender identity, and queer issues. Our space features a lounge with comfy couches, a computer for public use, and a TV for watching videos. The centre’s staff provide peer support and referral to on or off campus services you might benefit from. We also organize social events, as well as develop and deliver educational workshops on request. Through various strategies we advocate for the visibility of queer friendly and queer identified messages at Lakehead University and facilitate access to alternative media and community events with a queer focus.
- Peer Support
- Monthly Discussion/Support Groups
- Safe Sex supplies including condoms, dental dams, and water based lubricants
- Facilitating Workshops
- Referral Services
- Resource Library
More about our services:
Peer Support: – for students, by students – Connect with a peer or Pride staff to talk about daily stresses or anything you feel you need a supportive ear for. All peer support is confidential and here to listen, and will make a referral to another organization that is best positioned to help. The centre coordinator welcomes drop-ins at any time and will also schedule an appointment at your convenience. If you would like to create your own support group, please get in touch with us!
Monthly Discussion/Support Groups: Join one of our monthly discussion groups based on gender identity/expression or sexual orientation to access confidential peer support with other students. Discussion group times will be decided at the beginning of each semester (fall and winter) on the basis of demand. Due to the sensitive nature of some discussions, we ask that students adhere to the safe space and lounge guidelines when these groups are in session.
Safe Sex Supplies: Pride Central is happy to offer a selection of free condoms, silicon and water based lubricants, dental dams, internal condoms, and rubber gloves. The centre is dedicated to preventing STIs/STDs and educating students or community members on the importance of safe sexual practices and proper use of sex supplies. If you or someone you may know is looking for a larger amount of condoms for a party or gathering and cannot afford to purchase them, please contact the centre to see how we may be able to provide them for you.
Accompaniment: Centre staff are willing to accompany students to court proceedings, rental tribunals, social work appointments, or meetings with school administration or professors. ***Transportation is not provided by the centre.
Workshops: Pride Central can come and speak to your community group, club, workplace, class, or private group to educate them about social justice issues including Anti-Oppressive Thinking and LGBTQ+ Issues. ***We require advance notice of minimum 2 weeks before the workshop is to run.
Referral Services: Pride Central will work with other social services groups, institution and community groups towards the prevention and education of violence on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. We will maintain our relationships with other crisis centres, hotlines and community groups to better serve you, and we will continue to develop and build new relationships to forward social equality for all.
Resource Library: Our collection has a large collection of Queer movies, books, and zines that address a variety of subjects including: Art, Abuse, Disability, Ecology, Education, First Nations, Gender, Health, Feminism, History, Language, Law, Literature, Politics, Psychology, Rape, Recovery, Sociology, Spirituality, Violence and more!