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Pride Community Centre

PCC is a student-run service provided by the MSU that aims to challenge oppressive social attitudes and norms, patriarchy, homo/trans/bi/lesbophobia, and the like, at the systemic level.

PCC provides a contact point for McMaster students that may identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or any of the other diverse identities that make up our community. We offer educational programming and access to resources of interest, as well as peer support and a physical space for students to meet and socialize with each other. As advocates for gender & sexual diversity, the PCC’s mandate upholds that 2SLGBTQ+ students are entitled to a safe and supportive campus, absent of homophobia and transphobia, where the expression of one’s gender & sexual identity is welcomed and respected.

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PCC is located on the second floor of MUSC, Room 221.

Hours of Operation:

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our physical space will be closed until further notice. However, we are operating a virtual community space offered via Discord open Mondays-Fridays from 10am-4pm! Click here to join PCC’s Community Discord Server.

For anonymous, confidential peer support offered by our trained volunteers with lived experience, please visit our Peer Support Warm-line. Our warm-line is open Mondays-Fridays from 10am-4pm.

Peer support is a form of support in which the person providing peer support has had similar life experiences to the person seeking peer support. The knowledge our volunteers have gained by living as members of 2STLGBQIA+ communities can be instrumental in supporting other 2STLGBQIA+ folks.

PCC Peer Support Warm-line

The PCC is happy to offer a Peer Support Warm-line (for non-crisis support) offered via tawk.to. You can reach out to chat with one of our volunteers Mondays-Fridays from 10am-4pm.

Appointments

Appointments

Peer support will be offered on a regular or occasional basis, depending on how often you’d like to attend and the availability of the volunteers. While some community members may feel they would benefit from weekly or monthly peer support sessions, others may choose to attend peer support only once, or irregularly, as desired. Like all aspects of peer support programming, the frequency of sessions will be directed by the community members seeking peer support. To schedule a time to meet with a peer support volunteer, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact us at: pride@msu.mcmaster.ca. Click here to access the PCC’s anonymous peer support request form.

Confidentiality

In arranging and participating in a peer support meeting, we will make every effort to maintain your confidentiality. You are welcome to set up a time to meet with a peer support volunteer using a non-McMaster e-mail and/or using a pseudonym. Additionally, everything you discuss during a peer support meeting will be held in the strictest confidence and no written or electronic records will be kept about the meeting(s). We will do our best to make any possible accommodations to make peer support safe for you, including, but not limited to, choosing to meet in private rooms far away from the PCC, meeting in the evening when fewer people are around campus, or any other suggestions you might have.

Please note that our peer support volunteers will not engage in any situation that puts them at risk, or compromises their own anonymity/confidentiality. Volunteers are only required to disclose about a meeting if a) the volunteer requires a debrief session with a fellow team member or the coordinator (no unnecessary details will be disclosed) or b) the volunteer believes there is an imminent risk to yourself or others.

If you would prefer to speak over the phone, and are 26 years old or younger,  you can call the LGBT Youthline at 1-800-268-9688 or 416-962-9688 or text them at 647-694-4275, Sunday to Friday between 4pm and 9:30pm.

The 2STLGBQIA+ community is diverse, so while it’s nice to hang out and get support from other people in the space, sometimes you want to get to know other people who have similar lived experience within the community. Community engagement groups are groups offered by the PCC which run on a weekly basis and are closed to the identity they cater to.

PCC is excited to offer the following groups as options for the McMaster 2STLGBQIA+ community:

  • Asexual & Aromantic Group – A group closed to asexual and/or aromantic folks.
  • Bi-Pan-Poly Power Hour – A group closed to bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, and other mspec folks.
  • Newcomers 2STLGBQIA+ Group – A group for first year 2STLGBQIA+ students at McMaster who are new to the PCC.
  • Where We Come From – A group for 2STLGBQIA+ folks who come from unsupportive backgrounds.
  • Black 2STLGBQIA+ Group – A group closed to Black 2STLGBQIA+ folks.
  • Men Loving Men – A group closed to men who are also attracted to men.
  • Women Loving Women – A group closed to women who are also attracted to women.
  • Trans & Non-Binary Group – A group closed to transgender and/or non-binary folks.
  • BIPoC 2STLGBQIA+ Group – A group closed to 2STLGBQIA+ Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour.
  • Disabled Queer & Trans Group – A group closed to folks who identify as disabled or a person with a disability and 2STLGBQIA+. This group is run in collaboration with MSU Maccess.

In the absence of our physical safe(r) space, we are adapting our community groups to an online virtual format via Zoom with live captioning offered through Otter.ai. Click here to register for any of the PCC’s Community Engagement Groups

If there is a community group you would like to see run by the PCC, or if you have any concerns please feel free to email us at pridecommunity@msu.mcmaster.ca or message us on Facebook or Instagram!

Safe(r) Space

In order to create a space where all participants can feel safe, accepted, and able to participate, we make every effort to follow these guidelines during meetings:

  1. Racism, sexism, ableism, classism, religious discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and ageism are prohibited in all meetings.
  2. The identities of people who participate in the group and everything discussed in the group is strictly confidential.

Alternative Spaces for Support

If you are unavailable at the time of a group you identify with or would prefer support outside a group setting, you may set up a one-on-one peer support appointment with a volunteer who meets your needs. Message any of our social media platforms or email pride@msu.mcmaster.ca to set up an appointment.

The Pride Student Network is a mentorship program run by the Pride Community Centre which will pair 2STLGBQIA+ identifying upper year students with incoming 2STLGBQIA+ first years. This program will foster connection and a sense of community between 2STLGBQIA+ upper years and incoming first years to provide guidance and will provide a valuable support network during these challenging times especially in the age of COVID-19. This is a FREE mentorship program and very low commitment!

Who can apply?

You do not have to be out as 2STLGBQIA+ in order to sign up for this program! As long as you are an incoming McMaster first year student who identifies as 2STLGBQIA+, you are eligible to apply!

How will you be matched with an upper year mentor?

All upper year mentors identify as 2STLGBQIA+. It is completely up to you how you would like to be paired up with your upper year mentor! Pairings could be made on the basis of common identity, common interests or similar faculty/program.

Is there an application deadline, and when will I be paired with my mentor?

We will be accepting applications from interested first years on a rolling basis throughout the duration of the summer. Mentor/mentee pairings will be released at the end of August/beginning of September.

What does mentorship through this program look like?

Engagement with your mentor can involve whatever you would prefer. This could include frequent check-ins, video calls or just casual conversation via text or email. Connection with an upper year 2STLGBQIA+ mentor will also offer the opportunity to receive information regarding PCC resources, events, and programming run throughout the academic year.

If you are interested in signing up for our Pride Student Network, please complete this survey.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Pride Community Centre Coordinator at pride@msu.mcmaster.ca 

Incident Reporting is taken quite seriously at the PCC. We strive to make campus comfortable for everyone and the involvement of students on campus is imperative to it’s success. If you encounter a situation where you feel as though you’ve been discriminated against on the grounds of gender & sexuality, (or for any other reason for that matter), click the link below and send a confidential report to the Coordinator.

Reports are generally used in a year end report to both the MSU and Campus Security. Your voice matters, your opinions matter, and any incident, no matter how small or trivial it may seem is worth reporting.

People Involved: You don’t have to be specific, a general outline will do, unless it is imperative a name is mentioned.

General Outline of the Incident: A brief, detailed account of the incident is all we need

Remember, we don’t need your name, or any contact info, everything is as private as we can make it for your safety and well being.

If you require further support, or would like your issue addressed in a more direct fashion, we are happy to accompany you to the Equity and Inclusion Office to meet with an advisor, assist you in finding supports, or connect you with one of our many peer support volunteers.

Report an Incident by emailing us at: pride@msu.mcmaster.ca

The PCC has a library of around 1000 books, with a large range of genres available. This is the only LGBT library in the Hamilton area, and we are intent on seeing it grow.

McMaster students, staff, and faculty members are welcome to borrow items from our library for academic research or leisure. Non-students may borrow items with a mandatory $5 non-refundable registration deposit.

We also house a DVD library (150+ titles, including tv boxed sets), a magazine archive, weekly Toronto gay press publications, and access to external LGBT services and organizations across Canada.

LGBT Youth Line

Youth Line provides service for youth, by youth that affirms the experiences and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, 2-spirited, queer and questioning youth in Ontario. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer Sunday to Friday 4:00pm-9:30pm via phone, chat or text services.

Phone: 1-800-268-9688
Text: 647-694-4275
Website: youthline.ca

Good2Talk

Good2Talk is a free, confidential and anonymous helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365. Good2Talk serves students at Ontario’s publicly-funded colleges and universities, with a primary focus on those aged 17-25.

Phone: 1-866-925-5454
Website: good2talk.ca

Speqtrum Hamilton

Speqtrum is a youth-founded, youth-run, and youth-focused skill-sharing and community building program for queer and trans young people in Hamilton, ON. We aim to build community among queer, trans, and two spirit youth, ages 17-29, by offering monthly Active and Social sessions, along with skill sharing workshops led by members of the community.

Website: spectrum.ca

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Phone: 1-877-330-6366
Website: translifeline.org