The Change Room Project is a tri-campus exhibition that amplifies the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students in locker rooms and change rooms—some of the very spaces where they often go unheard.
Excerpted from interviews with 54 University of Toronto students, the project is an extension of Professor Caroline Fusco’s research on locker room culture and barriers to participation in sport and recreation for LGBTQ students.
In addition to being underrepresented, people who are gender non-conforming and/or identify as a member of the LGBTQ community face higher rates of violence and harassment in locker room spaces.
By placing LGBTQ voices at the centre of the conversation, we hope to build awareness and foster dialogue around equity, encouraging behaviours and attitudes in locker rooms that are more inclusive, compassionate, and aware – efforts that are aligned with U of T’s commitment to safer, more supportive spaces, and improved physical and mental health for all.
Hart House Fitness Centre, U of T St. George
Athletics Centre, U of T St. George
Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, U of T St. George
Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre, at U of T Mississauga
University of Toronto Scarborough
Upcoming Parallel Programming Events
Join us for She Talks, a woman-centred open conversation designed to illuminate the narratives of women in sport. In its third year, She Talks explores how gender and sexuality intersect with identities in and around sports and how that impacts the experiences of women.
When: Wed., Mar. 23, 6–8 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Cost: Free / Register online >>
Past Parallel Programming Events
Conscious Activism Doc Series: Out to Win
Out to Win chronicles the history of LGBT in sports through the personal stories of trailblazing athletes, coaches, agents, fans and—perhaps most importantly—the media.
When: Tues., Feb. 23, 2016, 6 pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / More info >>
GenderPoo: Exploring Gender Through Art Workshop
with Coco Riot
Using gendered bathroom signs as a starting point, this workshop invites you to re-envision these signs as they pertain to your own vision of gender. No drawing skills are needed, only your desire to narrate your gender story.
When: Sat., Mar. 5, 3–4 pm
Where: Multi-Faith Centre, University of Toronto, 569 Spadina Ave.
Cost: Free / Part of the ESSU conference, Stories of Resistance 2016: Futurity, Reimagining A New World >>
Delivered in Partnership
Hart House, Pride House Toronto, IGNITE, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Sexual Gender Diversity Office of U of T, Wonder Inc., The Athletics Centre, Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, University of Toronto Scarborough and the Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre UTM.
Generous Sponsorship provided by Astley Gilbert Ltd.
If you have any questions about the project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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