September 14, 2023, marks the fifth anniversary of Sex Worker Pride, a day honouring the strides of the sex worker rights movement and ongoing resistance. To celebrate, we are highlighting local organized efforts to advance sex worker rights in British Columbia.
To commemorate June as Pride Month, CGSHE is highlighting research that uplifts 2S/LGBTQ+ people and communities on our blog. For today’s blog post, we connected with the MindMapBC team to learn more about their important project supporting mental health care access for 2S/LGBTQ+ folks across British Columbia.
For Indigenous History Month in Canada, CGSHE is highlighting the AMPLIFY project. This project centres Indigenous community-based voices to inform equitable access to culturally safe sexual health care and reproductive justice for Indigenous women (cis and trans), gender diverse and Two-Spirit Peoples.
For Indigenous History Month, CGSHE is highlighting some of our past Spotlight Series speakers: Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle, Jessy Dame and Miranda Kelly. They address a wide range of topical issues such as the overrepresentation of Indigenous Peoples in incarceration, the erasure of Two-Spirit folks in data collection, and the ongoing colonization of childbirth.
For this year’s International Transgender Day of Visibility, we are highlighting our Gender and Sex in Methods and Measures Research Equity Toolkit. Our toolkit aims to address the erasure in research of trans people and others who are marginalized and minoritized on the basis of their genders, sexes and sexualities.
For this year’s International Women’s Day, we wanted to recognize a handful of women who have acted as advocates in the gender and sexual health equity space. Jean Goodwill, Dianna Boileau & Brenda Campbell helped to pave the way in their communities for the women who came after them.
We are thrilled to announce that UBC has appointed Dr. Wendy Norman as Interim Executive Director of Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity at the University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Wendy V. Norman (she/her/hers) joins CGSHE as of February 1, 2023 as the Interim Executive Director of the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity at the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Brittany Bingham and Dr. Julia Smith have been awarded Michael Smith Health Research Scholar Award aimed at supporting the next generation of scientists. Dr. Bingham’s Scholar Award at CGSHE/UBC FoM will focus on resourcing and expanding her research program using decolonizing, arts-based and intersectional methods to advance health equity and reproductive justice among Indigenous women and Two-Spirit people. Dr. Smith’s Scholar Award will support her research program to develop transformative pandemic response, recovery and preparedness based on her current research on the effects of COVID-19 on women and health care providers.
Lulu Gurney was a brilliant researcher, social justice advocate and friend to so many of us at the Centre of Gender & Sexual Health Equity. She generously contributed her expertise and creativity to various roles in community-based research projects focused on social justice, trans health and improving the lives of people living with HIV.
World Sexual Health Day 2022 Feature on Sexual Health & Pleasure: Instagram mythbuster on science of sex
Based on a survey of 3000 people, CGSHE faculty Dr. Samantha Dawson created MisconSEXions, a social media campaign that debunks common myths about sex and sexuality. “From these results, we created Instagram content using the latest sexuality science to counter this misinformation, paying particular attention to nuances related to sexual and gender diversity and gaps in knowledge.” The goal of MisconSEXions, like much of Dr. Dawson’s research, is to provide information backed by science to improve people’s knowledge about sex in order to enhance their sexual wellbeing. “Despite its importance, we really know so little about something as basic as sexual pleasure.”