Welcoming and Celebrating Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Families

Manual in English for service providers: issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity in preconception, prenatal and child health. (2013)

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To welcome people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or queer (LGBTQ) and their families into programs and services, you can implement concrete things like re-designing intake forms to be more inclusive, putting up posters that reflect an array of family structures, and purchasing and incorporating books that reflect gender, sexual and family diversity. But this resource also encourages you to deepen your understanding of the impact of exclusions and inclusions on people’s lives. This will help you to see how assumptions about gender, sexuality and family composition shape your everyday practice, and to more consciously work towards embedding awareness of these things in the work you do every day. It also asks service providers to consider the needs of children who are sometimes called gender variant – children whose dress, behaviour or identity does not match traditional gender norms.

This resource attempts to address two questions:
1) What does it mean to be an LGBTQ-positive service provider?
2) How do you create an LGBTQ-positive space?
It focuses on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity as they apply to preconception, prenatal and child health.

See also the list of inclusion criteria: Liste d’évaluation du degré d’inclusion des LGBTQ au sein de votre organisation (available in French only).