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Resource Round-Up: Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Clients

In recognition of Pride, Switchboard has compiled this resource round-up. It includes materials designed for organizations and case managers serving LGBTQI+ clients, including how to create welcoming environments, ensure use of inclusive language, and address the unique needs of this population.

Upcoming webinar! Register now for Immigrant and Refugee Services for SOGIE Diverse Newcomers (LGBTQ2S+ Services), taking place on June 23, 2021 at 1PM ET. The Canadian Centre for Newcomers provides services for newcomers with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE), including resettlement services, mental health services, income support, career development, coaching, and professional development training. The Centre also hosts the National LGBTQ+ Guidelines project now involving participants from all regions of Canada. The webinar will describe key programmatic factors and data that can be replicated in other organizations.

    • Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration (ORAM) and TENT Partnership for Refugees, How Companies can Mentor LGTBQ Refugees (2020): This guidebook is intended to provide companies with guidance on how to establish and implement professional mentorship programs for LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers. It includes how to set up a mentorship program, training materials for mentors, and resources for four mentor-mentee meetings.
    • Heartland Alliance, LGBT Refugee Resettlement Guidelines and Agency Self-Assessment (2013): This tool serves as a set of guidelines for resettlement agencies to use for determining which of their affiliates are best suited to accept LGBTQI+ refugees for placement; and as an agency self-assessment to help refugee programs identify strengths and challenges that they may face when resettling LGBTQI+ refugees.

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