Building an #InclusiveUBC

At UBC, we’re building an inclusive community that’s welcoming to people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Here’s some information to help 2SLGBTQIA+ students get connected at UBC—and for those who don’t identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ to learn more about how to show their support.

Find Your Community

Get Connected

Throughout the school year, there are regular opportunities for 2SLGBTQIA+ students to get connected and build community. Check with student clubs, UBC Events and the Equity and Inclusion Office regularly for upcoming opportunities.

Student Clubs & Groups

  • The Pride Collective at UBC—An AMS student resource group that offers educational and social services related to sexual orientation and gender diversity at UBC.
  • Residence Pride Collectives—Communities of 2SLGBTQIA+ residents at Place Vanier, Totem Park and Orchard Commons who want to connect with each other.
  • Gears and Queers—A club that supports and provides a safe space for 2SLGBTQIA+ engineering students.

Stay Connected

Stay connected to equity and inclusion opportunities on campus! Sign up for the Inclusive UBC newsletter or connect with UBC’s Equity and Inclusion Office on social media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

Access Resources

Learn about the services, help and resources available to the UBC community.

Gender-Inclusive Washrooms

Gender-inclusive washrooms and change rooms are located all over UBC. Look for the sign below or find their locations on the gender-inclusive bathroom map.

Have concerns?

If you feel that you have experienced human rights-based discrimination or if you have a harassment concern, book an appointment with the Human Rights Advisor at the Equity & Inclusion Office.

Show Your Support

If you don’t identify as a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, here’s what you can do to educate yourself, be an ally and help build a more #inclusiveUBC.

What can you do?

Respect people’s identity

Be mindful of people’s comfort with how public they are about their identity—and how it can affect their safety. Don’t out someone’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

You know what they say about assuming …

Never assume someone’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Respectfully ask people what pronouns they use regardless of their name or appearance.

Use gender-inclusive language

Use language like “everyone” and “folks” rather than “guys” or “ladies.”

Speak up!

Let people know when you find transphobic and homophobic comments and jokes hurtful and offensive.

Educate yourself

Seek out resources and learn about issues that impact 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

Use the Correct Pronouns

People do not always use pronouns that you may expect. It’s important to use someone’s correct pronoun to support their wellbeing and to validate their identity. Here are some of the commonly used pronouns.

Subjective Objective Possessive Reflexive
She Her Hers Herself
He Him His Himself
They Them Theirs Themselves
Ze Hir/Zir Hir/Zir Hirself/Zirself
Develop Allyship Skills

Do you know what to do if you misgender a friend? Want to learn strategies for engaging in respectful interactions related to names, pronouns and inclusive language? Are you seeking more information about patterns of normativity?

Take the Positive Space: Foundations course—a free and self-guided online course and resource hub for promoting and practicing inclusivity towards sexual and gender diversity.