Sexual Health Through Education
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Two Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTTQ*) individuals experience many life events. Some of those are astonishingly beautiful, some tragically disheartening, and others are in-between or beyond. Sometimes folks are unsure whom they may share these with, especially in small, rural, and remote communities. LGBTTQ* folks may not be able to share these experiences with others as often face discrimination, or are devalued, marginalized, stigmatized, misrecognized, and/or made to feel invisible because of who they are. Others find security in queer and allied communities.
LGBTTQ* folks experience homophobia, biphobia, lesbophobia, and transphobia. These phobias are a constellations of negative attitudes toward and feelings about LGBTTQ* people or those perceived to be. LGBTTQ* folks may also experience heterosexism and cissexism. Heterosexism is the system of oppression that assumes (and therefore acts on this assumption), that everyone is straight and therefore LGBQ* folks, identities, and experiences do not and should not exist. Cissexism is a system of oppression that assumes (and therefore acts on this assumption) that everyone is cisgender (not trans*) and therefore trans* folks, identities, and experiences do not and should not exist.
As one might imagine, navigating and managing these negativities can be scary and tough, and because of this, individuals may not trust and/or feel safe sharing intimate details about their lives. Therefore, they may feel isolated, alienated, ashamed, and alone.
LGBTTQ* folks are not alone! They exist and are everywhere! Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Two Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual individuals, families, friends, and allies live in small, large, rural, and remote Manitoba communities. Together, LGBTTQ* folks are building and sustaining communities, networks, families, organizations, and businesses. They are vulnerable and resilient. They are beautiful. They are worthy of love, respect, and dignity.
At Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC) Manitoba, we offer affirming and supportive programming for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Two Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTTQ*) individuals, families, and friends in Western Manitoba.
For information about SERC Brandon’s LGBT* Program, including LGBTTQ* Learning Opportunities and LGBTTQ* Community Programming in Brandon and Western Manitoba, please click here.
Click here for LGBTTQ* Counselling, Support, and Information.