For the summer of 2019, the EFCL hired Hope Jubenvill as a LGBTQ+ Project Lead summer student in order to help facilitate a more inclusive and respectful enviroment for the LGBTQ+ community in Community Leagues as well as to address certain barriers that may prevent engagement.
A Statement and Show of Support
As part of an effort to create a safe space for the LGBTQ community amongst the Community Leagues, a statement and a series of posters were created that could be displayed in community halls, denoting that the Community League and its hall are safe and respectful of the LGBTQ community.
- All EFCL Example Versions can be found here.
For individual versions and to have a specific Community League named at the top of a poster, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating More LGBTQ+ Inclusive Programs: A Resource
In order to help address both gaps in knowledge that may exist for those running programs, and barriers that exist for those particpating in programs, this resource was designed to help educate and instruct on how to make programs more inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community.
This resource is laid out in to 7 parts, each addressing a different thing. The first four pages are divided between a more in-depth explanation of the project and key terms related to the LGBTQ+ community. Following that is three sections of advice, which would be "General", "Sport Specific" and "Job Specific". Finally the last two sections are training resources and references.
The resource can be accessed here.
Pronouns in EFCL Email Signatures
As part of an effort to demonstrate more inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community through action, this project was created to implement a change in the email signature of EFCL employees. This change was the inclusion of an individual's preferred pronouns in the email signature. This was done in an effort to help normalize stating and expressing your pronouns and to help hopefully make it more commonplace.
As well it serves to help avoid situations where someone may be misgendered or improperly referred to. It also creates a situation where someone may become comfortable expressing their own back, which can both reduce confusion and misunderstanding on the employee's side and alleviate discomfort and dysphoria for those who may be trans or non-binary.
A document was created to discuss the importance of stating pronouns in an email signature as a summary of this project.
Edmonton Pride Calendar - June 2019
For those who may not be aware or have forgotten June is Pride Month, which is a time to celebrate and commemorate the LGBTQ community and those who have and still are fighting for equality and inclusion.
Unfortunately, for the Pride of 2019, the Pride Festival run by the Pride Festival of Edmonton was not able to run. However, that did not mean that there weren't Pride events running. Many individuals and communities came together to fill the void left by the cancellation of the festival and as a result, many, many programs and events sprung up across the city.
This post and the associated calendar were made to highlight some of the said events and to help people be informed about what was happening across the city. The calendar showed the date and time of the event, what the event was, where it was and who was putting it on. This was done for clarity of information as well as to give proper credit to the organizations and people putting in good work.
The calendar can be accessed with this link:
Liaison to the LGBTQ+ Community - Board Position Document
Preview of Document - Can be found under League Board Resources
The “Liaison to the LGBTQ Community” position is important for a few reasons.First and foremost, the position signals to members of the LGBTQ community that a Community League is interested and actively attempting to support and engage with the LGBTQ community in a safe and well-meaning way. This means someone who is LGBTQ could feel safer engaging with said Community League.
Secondly, it allows for someone who is a part of a Community League to advocate on the behalf of the LGBTQ community in order to make sure that their voice is not silenced and that issues relevant to the community are addressed properly. This position also creates more opportunities for education within a Community League regarding the LGBTQ community, as there would now be a person who could facilitate that education and also act as a resource for other members of the Community League.
Additionally, this position would signal that programs being run by a Community League would be more inclusive and accessible for those who are gender and sexual minorities. Finally, the creation of the position could serve to address issues the exist between the Community League and the LGBTQ community, mainly that of accessibility, safety and inclusion.
Pop-Up Workshop - June 13th, 2019 - Preferred Pronouns and Names
The June 13th, 2019 Pop-Up workshop topic was the importance of preferred pronouns and names. The aim of this workshop is to educate and inform those who may not understand why using these names and pronouns is important and necessary. To view this pop-up workshop, please access the following link:
To access the full pop-up library, please access the following link:
If the video is not available or there is difficulty accessing it, a supporting document has been developed that addresses the same topic and is educational as well. This document can be accessed through the following link:
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There's a great deal of misinformation that exists about the LGBTQ+ community and that is still spread to this day. Often times those who are spreading this wrong information are unaware that the "facts" they may know are actually myths. Thus in an effort to address these myths, the LGBTQ+ Mythbusting project was developed. The hope of this project is to help people learn the truth about the LGBTQ+ community and help prevent the spread of these myths to more people.
The project is made up of three different individual components. These would be an information document, a worksheet/answer key and an online quiz. The information sheet is exactly as advertised. It addresses some of the most pervasive myths that exist about the LGBTQ+ community and explains why they're wrong. The worksheet can be used by a demographic and is an opportunity to work with a group in a more engaging way to educate on this topic. Finally, the quiz exists as an engaging opportunity for an individual, more hands-on form of education.
To access the quiz, please use the following link: LGBTQ+ Mythbusting Quiz
To access the above information document, please use the following link: Information Document
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Pride Flags Guide and Information
While the Rainbow Flag has become ubiquitous with the LGBTQ community and Pride, there are a plethora of other flags that are not as common or may not be as well known. As part of an effort to change that in addition to educating on LGBTQ symbols, this document and matching game was developed. The document shows various common pride flags as well as the identity associated with it and an explanation of the design of the flag. Following that the matching game is available for self-testing of knowledge.
To view the document, consider accessing the below link.
To try the matching game, consider accessing the below link.
Link: Pride Flag Matching Game
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Pop-Up Workshop - July 17th, 2019 - Gender and the LGBTQ+ Community
Supporting Document for Pop-Up Workshop - July 17th, 2019 - Gender and the LGBTQ+ Community
The July 17th, 2019 Pop-Up workshop topic was about how gender connects to the LGBTQ community. The workshop covers basic terminology such as the definition of cisgender and transgender as well as discusses concepts like the difference between sex and gender and gender identity/gender expression. To view this pop-up workshop, please access the following link:
To access the full pop-up library, please access the following link:
If the video is not available or there is difficulty accessing it, a supporting document has been developed that addresses the same topic while still being educational. This document can be accessed through the following link:
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LGBTQ+ Do's and Dont's
This resource document exists to help educate the reader about how to respectfully and inclusively engage with the LGBTQ people in their lives or in their community.
The resource is divided into four parts these would be:
- Do's - General
- This addresses how a person should treat someone who is LGBTQ with respect. It comments on ways general to the whole community as well as for specific identities such as transgender people
- Dont's - General
- This section touches on what should not be said or what actions should not be done with regard to treating LGBTQ people with respect.
- Do's - Coming Out
- In this section, the resource covers how to properly respond and support someone who has either come out to you or has recently come out to others.
- Dont's - Coming Out
- The final section addresses how someone should not act when someone has come out to you or others.
To access this resource please feel free to use the link below to view it and/or download it.
Link: LGBTQ Do's and Dont's
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