LGBTQ+ Sheridans sexual and gender diversity

The definition of LGBTQ+ is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, it may be used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual and/or non-cisgender. Here at Sheridan College there is a huge amount of diversity present amongst the campus which has enabled there to be support systems offered for those who consider themselves part of the LGBTQ+ community. Sheridan offers the support to students through there association for sexual and gender diversity (SASGD). SASGD describes their organizations dedication towards creating an environment here at Sheridan where LGBTQ+ identifying students will thrive, not just academically but socially as well.

Having such support systems put in place here at Sheridan doesn't just show that the campus cares about the well being of its students but also shows that this campus is accepting of people no matter how they identify. Awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community has come a long way in Canada since the past, but in certain countries throughout the world it is still lacking the acceptance that it deserves.

Back in 2012 the Ontario Government introduced significant changes to the Education Act, in order to create safer school communities for all students. Within these changes they specified that students were legally able to create gay-straight alliance groups within their schools without receiving any disapproval from educators or their school board.

With the first ever Pride Pub night happening on April 6 in the Marquee, many students are rushing to buy their tickets to celebrate a fun night filled with acceptance, love and diversity. This first ever event hosted by SASGD hopes to honour pride week with a drag show and lip sync battle amazing enough to wow the expecting crowd. Once again showcasing Sheridan's diversity and acceptance amongst their students.

"I am so glad that I go to a school that allows people to live their truest self" - Ohad Manor

Ohad Manor who is an international student studying Art Fundamentals here from Israel will be one of the expecting students celebrating pride at Sheridan's pride pub night next week. " I think it's important because it informs people that may not be part of that world. It brings awarness to the people who exist within this community, and brings them a voice" said Ohad. With moving to Canada from Israel Ohad had many fears regarding how accepting Sheridan would be, but upon arrival he truly found that the school and his fellow students were as diverse and accepting as he could of hoped for. Ohad explained how fortunate he felt when he realized how accepting everyone was, "In the classroom their is a big diversity and background of different genders and sexuality, everyone is open to hear about how people feel and teachers are always nice enough to recognize a persons certain gender or sexuality and ensures that they treat them with the proper respect". Students here at Sheridan have come to accept everyone who steps through the doors of this school, and pride pub will be another moment that enables the students all to come together in celebration of love without there being judgement.

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