OUTSaskatoon recognizes the importance of research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S) issues in order to improve the lives of LGBTQ2S people in the broader societal framework. We often partner with researchers on relevant projects, and enjoy collaborating on community-driven and action-oriented initiatives.
If you are thinking of doing research with the LGBTQ2S community and want OUTSaskatoon’s help, collaboration, or guidance, your research must align with the following principles:
Community-driven: Research that is community-driven begins with the community, rather than being “based on” the community. It includes research topics that are determined through conversations with OUTSaskatoon and which are of practical relevance to the mission and vision of our work.
Participatory: Participatory research shares ownership and control with community members. This includes reciprocal involvement in the research design, implementation and dissemination.
Action-oriented: Action-oriented research is useful to OUTSaskatoon and has the potential to create effective and positive social change for the communities that we serve.
(See: http://www.communitybasedresearch.ca/Page/View/CBR_definition for further discussion)
Most importantly, if you are conducting community-driven research and would like to partner with OUTSaskatoon, please contact us about the project in the early stages of planning and development so that we can be meaningful partners and contributors.
For more information please see: OUTSaskatoon's LGBTQ2S Community Research Guidelines
Research and Policy Initiatives
Finding Home: A Pilot Evaluation of OUTSaskatoon's Pride Home
In 2018, Andrew Hartman, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, conducted a pilot evaluation of Pride Home. The final report shows that Pride Home provides a safe and welcoming atmosphere and that it provides residents with a feeling of family. You can read the full and summary reports here.
Recommendations to the Standing Committee on Health: LGBTQ2 Health in Canada
In April 2019, our Executive Director (Rachel Loewen Walker) and current Board Chair (Martha Smith) were invited to provide testimony to the Federal Government's Standing Committee on Health. The committee was conducting the country's first in-depth study into LGBTQ2 Health in Canada and collected stories from across the country. OUTSaskatoon was the only prairie-based organization invited to speak at the panel and you can find our recommendations below. As well, you can find the entire testimony here, including the final report which addresses many of the health disparities of our community and identifies the need for increased and improved healthcare and services in the areas of housing, counselling, medical care, research, and education.
LGBT Older Adults
We partnered with the Saskatoon Council on Aging to examine the challenges faced by LGBT older adults within residential care environments within Saskatoon facilities. The research outcomes offer practical solutions to support the development of training and policies considerate of the needs, fears, and preferences of LGBT individuals. This research was supported by the Saskatoon Health Region.
LGBT Older Adults and Residential Care Environments - Final Report
LGBT Older Adults and Residential Care Environments - Final Report: Summary
LGBT Older Adults: Enhancing Residential Care Environments - Pamphlet
Pride Home Need & Demand Analysis on LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness
OUTSaskatoon engaged the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership to prepare a Housing Needs Assessment for LGBTQ2S youth in the city of Saskatoon. The study was conducted between February and July 2016 and was supported by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
Policy Recommendation: Changing Saskatchewan’s Vital Statistics Act in order to Reduce the Discrimination of Transgender Persons
Policy Recommendation:Toward the Inclusion of Gender Identity and Expression as Protected Grounds in The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code