Jeremy Dias, founder and director of the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), stopped by to talk about the work he’s doing in the LGBTQ2+ community, the vital importance of Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs), and the issues he’s focusing on now.
A huge advocate for GSAs, Dias stresses the importance of creating visibly queer spaces because of how, as queer and trans people, they feel invisible every day. Students’ access to peer support groups like gay-straight alliances is important because, he states, ‘we need our stories, experiences and reality to be physically present and alive’.
The CCGSD is an organization that works to stop bullying, discrimination and homophobia in schools and communities in Canada, and abroad. Through workshops, presentations, training conferences, and by supporting youth initiatives, they engage youth in celebrating diversity. They just finished their Gender and Sexuality Alliance Leadership Forum, where students learned about being leaders in their school and youth communities on topics of GSM identities, diversity, anti-bullying, anti-racism, and mental health.