LGBTQ+ Students

On university campuses across Ontario, students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, trans, two-spirit, non-binary, questioning, or who otherwise identify as Queer (LGBTQ+) face varying levels of discrimination, harassment, and exclusion. Without pathologizing being LGBTQ+, it is important to recognize the increased mental and physical health concerns associated with the marginalization these students routinely face.

Though the deep-seated structural and societal factors are the root causes of the discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia that students can face, it is not in the scope of this paper to offer an academic exploration of these topics. Rather, this paper maintains a problem-solving focus, connected closely to primary research, and offers short-term prescriptions intended to improve the student experiences for LGBTQ+ students.