Engaging Men and Boys in Family Violence Prevention

November is Family Violence Prevention month in Alberta. The intention of the month is to raise awareness of the issue and to call to action all Albertans, as we all have a role to play in the prevention of violence. There is growing recognition that boys and men need to be included in primary prevention of intimate partner violence. In fact, one of the strategies in the Government of Alberta’s family violence prevention framework is to: “Develop, promote and support … Continued

Gender Creative Families

Calgary Sexual Health Centre, in partnership with Families Matter, is pleased to offer a monthly support group for families and caregivers of gender creative children up to age 14. Gender creative children are kids who express their gender in ways that are different than what others might expect based on their assigned sex at birth. This includes children who may be questioning their gender, transgender, gender non-conforming, gender independent, gender fluid, gender-queer, non-binary, or Two-Spirit. This support group is an … Continued

Dispelling myths about Sexual Assault

In light of the recent Public Space CBC article by Sarah Adams, there is a pressing need to address the safety of our community. We have received calls and emails from people looking for information and support and we are here to help. Calgary Sexual Health Centre is invested in creating a safe community free from any form of sexual harassment or assault. Unfortunately, there are still many myths around sexual assault that must be addressed so that our community … Continued

Understanding the Guidelines

New website offers answers about Alberta Education’s LGBTQ Guidelines   CALGARY – When Alberta Education released “Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions” on January 16, 2016, there was an outpouring of questions from parents, administrators and even government representatives. A new online resource has been launched today which aims to answer those questions. “We have been providing services and supports for LGBTQ communities for decades. Through our many youth-specific … Continued

You’re Invited! YYC Sexual Health Awareness Month

The Calgary Sexual Health and Wellbeing Collaborative invites you to participate in YYC Sexual Health Awareness Month! To recognize Sexual Health Awareness Week, collaborative members are hosting a variety of events throughout the month of February including organizational tours and/or workshops. These events are for service providers to increase their knowledge of the sexual health services in Calgary and to increase their knowledge and skills on a variety of sexual health related topics.   At our office, we have the … Continued

Making change with #GivingTuesday

  Today is #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving that happens each year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you have already supported us, we thank you! Your gift will change individual live and help impact the whole community. But if you want to give today, let us tell you how you can help make change happen in your community. Consent. LGBTQ rights. Healthy relationships. These are all topics that get a great deal of media attention and … Continued

Upcoming Training Session for “fYrefly in Schools”

fYrefly-in-Schools is an awesome classroom workshop designed to support safer spaces in our city’s Junior/Senior High Schools for LGBTQ+ youth. We are looking for youth panelists who are interested in sharing their experiences as part of this classroom presentation. This is an excellent volunteer opportunity! Based on the award-winning Camp fYrefly, fYrefly-in-Schools aims to increase LGBTQ+ awareness and the impact of homophobic/transphobic bullying, and equip students to challenge discrimination and become effective allies. Experienced educators facilitate activity-based workshops with help … Continued