The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) is committed to meeting the educational needs of students of all sexual orientations, gender identifications, and gender expressions.

As members of ATA, ADLC counsellors assist sexual and gender minority students in developing educational plans that meet their life goals. Distance learning and online education are viable options for sexual and gender minority students.


If you’re a sexual or gender minority student, you can be assured that ADLC provides a safe space for you to explore the educational options available to you.

Resources for Sexual Minority Students

  • Alberta Teachers’ Association – The ATA provides resources for Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). These resources include posters, a teacher’s guide, and information about creating GSAs.
  • American Psychological Association – This association’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office website contains news, information, and publications related to mental health and sexual minority groups.
  • Building Your GSA – Here you’ll find information about starting a GSA.
  • Build it Up – This online resource is all about creating GSAs in schools and is provided by the Colorado Gay-Straight Alliance Network.
  • Bully Free Alberta – Students experiencing bullying are encouraged to visit this Alberta Government website. The Province of Alberta operates a toll-free line for support and advice for dealing with bullying. The helpline is available 24/7 and is staffed by trained counsellors. The toll-free number for Alberta residents is 1-888-456-2323.
  • Camp fYrefly – This camp run by the University of Alberta teaches students leadership and resiliency skills.
  • Campaign for Positive Space – University of Calgary – This organization promotes welcoming places for all people working or studying at the University of Calgary and aims to educate and address discrimination related to sexual and gender diversity.
  • COLAGE – This website is designed specifically for people who have gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans parents. Resources include an online booklet: Kids of Trans Resource Guide.
  • Coming Out to Your Parents – This Colorado State University webpage provides information of value to people considering coming out to their families.
  • Gay Straight Alliance Network – The goal of this organization is to create safe school environments for sexual minority students.
  • Homophobic Bullying Resources – This website provides Alberta Government information and resources about homophobic bullying. Fact sheets about homophobic bullying can be obtained from the Alberta Government.
  • Institute of Sexual Minority Studies and Services – This University of Alberta institute promotes scholarly studies, policy development, education, community outreach, and other services related to sexual minorities.
  • Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies – This institute, located on the University of Manitoba campus, promotes feminist research and activism and helps reduce social injustices based on gender, race, sexual orientation and identity, class, age, ability, and religion.
  • Jer’s Vision – Jer’s Vision provides anti-bullying and anti-discrimination programs and scholarships for sexual minority youth.
  • Kids Help Phone – Kids Help Phone has trained counsellors available 24/7 online or by phone: 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free within Canada).
  • MacEwan Diversity Project – This Grant MacEwan project helps educate staff and students about sexual minority issues and helps sexual minority students access resources.
  • Need Help Now – This website provides information about how to have healthy friendships and relationships and what to do if explicit videos or photos of you have been posted on the Internet.
  • Out on Campus – Out on Campus is Simon Fraser University’s centre for members of sexual minorities and their allies.
  • OUTReach – This is the University of Alberta’s group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-identified and queer students.
  • PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) – This Canadian site provides resources for family and friends of individuals who are members of a sexual minority. PFLAG has groups in several Alberta towns and cities.
  • Positive Space – Mount Royal University – This group of Mount Royal staff and students promotes understanding and respect for sexual orientation and gender diversity.
  • Positive Space – Ryerson University – This group of Ryerson University students, staff, and faculty work to make Ryerson a welcoming and inclusive environment.
  • Positive Space Campaign – University of British Columbia – This campaign is designed to make the University of British Columbia to make the university more open and receptive to sexual minority students.
  • Positive Space Campaign – University of Toronto – This group helps identify safe and inclusive spaces for sexual minority students, faculty, and staff.
  • Pride UBC – Pride UBC offers educational and social services related to sexual orientation and gender identity to students, staff, and faculty of the University of British Columbia.
  • Safe Spaces Initiative – Safe Spaces is an Alberta Teachers’ Association and Safe and Caring Schools project. Safe Spaces information, brochures, posters, and stickers are available on the Alberta Teachers’ Association website.
  • Stop a Bully – This website provides information, resources, and videos related to bullying.
  • Study Abroad for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trangendered (GLBT) Students – This Michigan State University webpage provides information for queer students who are thinking of studying in another country.
  • TransParent Canada – This organization provides transgender and transsexual communities.
  • University of Toronto Sexual and Gender Diversity Office – Visit this website to find information about programs, services, and resources.
  • USSU Pride Centre – The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union Pride Centre provides peer support, discussion groups, and resources for GLBT students.
  • UVic Pride – This University of Vicotria group represents and advocates for queer students.
  • Youth Understanding Youth – This Edmonton-based organization provides social support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans-identified, and questioning youth and their allies. You may also want to visit the group’s Facebook page.

University Studies:

An increasing number of colleges and universities are offering courses, certificates, minors, and degrees in areas that could be of particular interest to members of sexual minority groups. Here are a few post-secondary programs related to sexual orientation and gender studies:

  • American University – This university offers an undergraduate minor and major in GLBT studies.
  • Arizona State University – Arizona State University offers an undergraduate certificate in LGBT studies.
  • Brandeis University – Brandeis offers a minor in sexuality and queer studies.
  • City College San Francisco – This college offers an associate degree in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies.
  • City University of New York – This American university offers a concentration in lesbian, gay, and queer studies.
  • Concordia University – The school of cinema at Concordia University offers an interdisciplinary minor in sexuality studies.
  • Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals – This Consortium provides a list of college and university programs related to sexual minority studies.
  • Cornell University – Cornell offers undergraduate and graduate minors in LGBT studies.
  • DePaul University – A minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies is available from this university.
  • Elmhurst College – This private college offers a concentration in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies. A 2012 news bulletin from the president of the college states that Elmhurst College welcomes GLBT students and wants them to feel safe and supported.
  • Florida International University – This university offers a certificate in queer studies.
  • George Washington University – This private university’s women’s studies department offers a minor in LGBT and sexuality studies.
  • Goddard College – Goddard offers an M.A. in psychology and counselling with a concentration in sexual orientation.
  • Hampshire College – This college offers a concentration in queer studies.
  • McGill University – McGill offers a minor in sexual diversity studies.
  • New York University – New York University offers an undergraduate major and an undergraduate minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
  • Ohio State University – Students attending this university may complete a major or a minor in sexuality studies.
  • Pacific School of Religion – This school offers a graduate certificate in sexuality and religion.
  • Portland State University – This university offers a minor in sexuality, gender and queer studies
  • San Diego State University – San Diego State offers an undergraduate major and minor in LGBT studies. The university also offers a number of graduate courses with GLBT content.
  • San Francisco State University – This university offers an M.A. in sexuality studies.
  • Sarah Lawrence College – Sarah Lawrence offers some courses in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender studies.
  • Syracuse University – Syracuse University offers a minor in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender studies.
  • University of Alberta – Students interested in graduate research about the needs of sexual minorities that relate to education, culture and society may contact the Department of Educational Policy Studies.
  • University of Arizona – The Institute of LGBT studies promotes the study of issues of importance to sexual minorities. The Institute’s website lists University of Arizona courses with sexuality content offered during each academic term.
  • University College – Toronto – University College offers undergraduate, M.A. and Ph.D. level degree programs related to Sexual Diversity Studies.
  • University of California – Berkeley – Berkeley’s Department of Gender & Women’s Studies offers an undergraduate minor in LGBT studies.
  • University of California – Los Angeles – UCLA offers a minor in LGBT studies.
  • University of Chicago – An undergraduate major and a graduate certificate in gender and sexuality students is available at the University of Chicago.
  • University of Colorado – Boulder – This university of Colorado offers a certificate in LGBT studies.
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette – This university offers a minor in LGBT studies.
  • University of Maryland – The University of Maryland offers an undergraduate minor in LGBT studies.
  • University of New Hampshire – The University of New Hampshire offers a queer studies minor.
  • University of North Texas – This university offers an LGBT studies minor.
  • University of Oregon – This university offers a minor in queer studies.
  • University of Washington – The University of Washington offers an undergraduate major in gender women and sexuality studies and a graduate certificate in sexuality and queer studies.
  • University of Windsor – The University of Windsor offers an undergraduate minor in sexuality. Students in the Ph.D. program in sociology with a specialization in social justice can research GLBT topics.
  • University of Winnipeg – The University of Winnipeg offers a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies. The department of Women’s and Gender Studies provides courses related to transgender, gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Wesleyan University – Wesleyan offers a concentration in queer studies within the undergraduate degree program in American studies.
  • Washington State University – A minor in queer studies is available at Washington State University.
  • Yale University – At Yale, the undergraduate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies courses are part of the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies program.
  • York University – York offers an undergraduate certificate and an undergraduate degree in sexuality.

Scholarships:

Colleges, universities and community agencies offer scholarships for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-identified students. Some scholarships for queer students appear below:

  • General Scholarships – Sexual minority students may be eligible for many scholarships. Information about general scholarships for post-secondary studies can be found on the Financial Aid and Scholarships page of our website. Some sexual minority students might also be eligible for scholarships established to assist gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-identified students.
  • Bill 7 Award – This Ontario award is available for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer and two-spirited students in any post-secondary institution in Ontario and is based on financial need.
  • Dadson Scholarship – This University of Toronto award is for students in the undergraduate sexual diversity studies program. Candidates need to be Canadian citizens residing in Ontario. Selection is based on financial need and leadership potential in the queer community.
  • DalOUT – This $1,500 Dalhousie University scholarship is for students who made a significant contribution to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer community and who promoted awareness and acceptance of sexual diversity.
  • Donald L. Boisvert Scholarship for Gay and Lesbian Studies – This scholarship is for Concordia University students taking a gay and lesbian studies program and who are involved in activism.
  • Emperor/Sergio Apolloni Memorial Scholarship – This University of Toronto scholarship is for students registered in the sexual diversity studies.
  • Jer’s Vision – Founded by Jeremy Dias, Jer’s Vision offers a number of awards and scholarships. The Jeremy Dias Scholarship is for high school students who plan on attending post-secondary institutions. The scholarship is for students who have worked to reduce discrimination, homophobia, or heterosexism in their school or community.
  • John M. Kerr Memorial Scholarship Award – Yearly scholarships are awarded to gay or lesbian students enrolled in post-secondary programs in Alberta. The number of scholarships awarded and the amount of the scholarships vary yearly. Generally, the amount of the scholarships is between $500 and $750.
  • Lambda Foundation Scholarship – Lambda scholarships are available for eligible students at participating Canadian universities. The scholarships are for graduate students conducting research projects related to gays and lesbians.
  • League Foundation – The League offers scholarships for United States citizens attending post-secondary institutions in Canada or the United States. The League awards League Foundation Scholarships, the Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship and the Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship.
  • LGBTOUT Student Award – This University of Toronto award is for sexual minority students who are residents of Ontario and who demonstrate volunteer contributions to a school or a sexual minority community.
  • Mark S. Bonham Scholarship for Queer Studies in Film and Video – A $5,000 scholarship is available for gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans-identified students who are pursuing full-time, post-secondary film studies programs related to GLBT culture, or who help educate society about GLBT people and issues.
  • Michael Phair Leadership Award – The Michael Phair Award is the first University of Alberta award specifically for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-identified or queer students. Applicants need to demonstrate leadership qualities. Preference may be given to students who demonstrate leadership within queer communities.
  • Rainbow Triangle Alumni Association Award – This University of Toronto award is for students taking one of the specified courses in the sexual diversity studies program.
  • Roberts Fund – This University of Toronto award is available for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-identified students. Financial need and volunteer contributions that help increase the acceptance of sexual diversity are taken into consideration.
  • ScholarshipsCanada.Com – Use this resource to search for LGBTQ-related scholarships
  • Sexual Diversity Studies Scholarship – This University of Toronto award is for students in the undergraduate sexual diversity studies program. Awards are given on the basis of financial need and academic merit.
  • TD Scholarships for Community Leadership – This scholarship is not restricted to sexual minority youth. Students who have made a difference in their community in areas such as social justice, the environment and ending child poverty may wish to apply for the scholarship. Each scholarship is valued at $70,000.
  • Young and Free Alberta Scholarship – This scholarship is not limited to sexual-minority youth, but may be of interest to GLBT activists. A scholarship of $1,000 is provided to students who were positively influenced by a mentor to improve the world.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-identified students wishing to complete post-secondary studies in the United States may wish to review some of the scholarships found on the following web sites:

  • Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Students – This United States website provides information about national and regional scholarships for LGBTQ students.
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – The HRC website has links to numerous scholarships. State-specific and national scholarships are listed. Scholarships can be searched by state.
  • International Scholarships and Financial Aid Positions – This resource provides links to organizations offering scholarships for LGTBQ students.
  • Point Foundation – The Point Foundation awarded more than $3 million in awards to outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Point scholarships can be used to help cover tuition, books, supplies, room and board, transportation and living expenses. Point scholars also receive mentoring and leadership training.
  • Safe Schools Coalition – The Scholarships and Grants page describes numerous scholarships for sexual-minority students.
    Important Yearly Events:
  • Pink Shirt Day – Pink Shirt Day is a Canadian day against bullying. It occurs on the last Wednesday of February.
  • Day of Pink – Day of Pink is the international day against bullying, discrimination, and homophobia in schools and in communities. It occurs on April 11.
  • Day of Silence – Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) day of action to spread awareness about the effects of bullying of LGBTQ students. The specific date varies, but it occurs in April.
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – This day aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBTQ-rights violations. It occurs on May 17.
  • National Coming Out Day – This day is an international civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as a gender or sexual minority. It occurs on October 11.
  • Spirit Day – On this day, people wear the color purple to show support for LGBTQ youth who are victims of bullying. It occurs on the third Thursday of October.
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance – This is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia. It occurs on November 20.