June 2016

Pride Week Displays

June 3, 2016 • Written by

 

In support of Pride Week and to increase awareness about LGBTT* matters, the Red River College Library and the LGBTT* Initiative have prepared LGBTT* displays in the Notre Dame Campus Library window display and at the Exchange District Campus Library display area (in front of the Circulation Desk).

Check out the displays!  Also, here we present a few the many items which are on display in the Notre Dame Campus Window display:

Coming out, coming home : helping families adjust to a gay or lesbian child

coming out coming homeThe discovery that a child is lesbian or gay can send shockwaves through a family. A mother will question how she’s raised her son; a father will worry that his daughter will experience discrimination. From the child’s perspective, gay and lesbian youth fear their families will reject them and that they will lose financial and emotional support. All in all, learning a child is gay challenges long-held views about sexuality and relationships, and the resulting uncertainty can produce feelings of anger, resentment, and concern. Through a qualitative, multicultural study of sixty-five gay and lesbian children and their parents, Michael LaSala, a leading expert on this issue, outlines effective, practice-tested interventions for families in transition.

 

Growing into resilience : sexual and gender minority youth in Canada

Growing into resilienceDespite recent progress in civil rights for sexual and gender minorities (SGM), ensuring SGM youth experience fairness, justice, inclusion, safety, and security in their schools and communities remains an ongoing challenge. In Growing into Resilience, André P. Grace and Kristopher Wells – co-founders of Camp fYrefly, a summer leadership camp for SGM youth – investigate how teachers, healthcare workers, and other professionals can help SGM youth build the human and material assets that will empower them to be happy, healthy, and resilient.

 

Out proud : stories of pride, courage, and social justice

Layout 1Produced in partnership with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, Out Proud: Stories of Pride, Courage, and Social Justice is the second in a series of essay anthologies designed to give attention to issues that are sometimes ignored in the mainstream media – and a voice to those most closely affected by them. Expertly edited by sociologist Dr. Douglas Gosse, Out Proud features more than fifty short essays on the experience of LGBTTIQQ2SA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgendered, Intersexual,Queer,Questioning, 2-Spirited and Allies) and written bymembers of our diverse, Canadian community. Following the critical success of the first book in the series, Out Loud: Essays on Mental Illness, Stigma and Recovery, Out Proud aims to broaden the conversation around sexuality and social justice.

 

Under the rainbow : a primer on queer issues in Canada

under the rainbowUnder the Rainbow is a primer on the social and political history and the everyday practices and processes of living queer lives in Canada. Framed through a life-course perspective, this book provides an overview of the historical and contemporary issues in the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and/or queer folk. The chapters in this text highlight the contributions of academics and community groups as well as individuals working on queer issues in Canada and focus primarily on contemporary Canadian material, introducing readers to topics such as law, history, health, education, youth, older persons, end of life decisions, social constructions of sexual identities, sports, transgender issues and issues experienced by lesbians and gay men living in Quebec.

 

Gender & sexuality : Canadian history through the stories of activists

gender and sexualityThe freedoms and liberties that every community, workplace and individual in Canada enjoys are due to the many struggles and social movements in our country’s history. Yet the stories, accounts and histories of the movements to overcome racism, sexism and poverty, for example, remain largely untold, thanks to the single, simplistic national story taught to the masses in school. Deftly combining history with accounts from activists and participants in social movements, two new books from Scott Neigh introduce us to the untold histories of two crucial issues in contemporary Canadian society that challenge all of us to engage in the struggles that will shape our shared tomorrow.

 

 

1st Annual Mini-golf Event: Highlights

June 2, 2016 • Written by

On June 1, the Red River College Library, Notre Dame Campus, held its first annual mini-golf tournament. A big thank-you goes to Bettina Allen, and all of the Library staff who volunteered to make this day a success. Lots of participants came into the Library to play, and a great time was had by all! We look forward to holding another mini-golf event soon.

Photos of the Mini-golf Event: