You are welcome here!

George Brown College supports all Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (2SLGBTQIA+) members of our community.

We recognize the inherent dignity and worth of every person and believe that every member of the College community should experience a learning and work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Human Rights

In alignment with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the George Brown College Human Rights Discrimination & Harassment Policy specifically prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of the following Code Grounds:

  • Sex
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression
  • Sexual Orientation

The George Brown College Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy also prohibits sexual harassment-related to these same grounds.

Anyone who has experienced, witnessed, or received a disclosure related to discrimination or harassment is welcome to reach out to the Office of Anti-Racism, Equity & Human Rights for support. We can help individuals understand their options, provide referrals for further support, and receive reports and complaints related to human rights violations and/or sexual violence.

Work & Events Across the College

Hall of Justice Poster Project

The Hall of Justice Poster project is a George Brown College Ignite research project led by John Caffery. Working with George Brown students, he has brought light to the stories of essential 2SLGBTQ+ activists. You can find some of these posters displayed at 200 King Street East.

Pride Background

Freshen up your Teams background with our #PrideatGBC photo!

Learn more about ways to support our 2SLGBTQIA+ community

Training & Education

George Brown currently offers 2SLGBTQIA+ 101 training to employees and students at regular intervals and upon request. This training provides attendees with an introduction to key terminology and concepts related to the 2SLGBTQIA+ 101 community. Participants will learn how to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment, practice gender-inclusive language, and challenge assumptions and stereotypes about gender and sexual orientation.

  • Employees can self-register for this monthly training on Cornerstone
  • Students can attend sessions during Student Orientation for each semester, and at other events throughout the year
  • Groups of students or employees, such as clubs or departments, who are interested in arranging training can send requests to diversity@georgebrown.ca

References & Resources

The 519 Glossary of Terms

A City of Toronto agency, The 519 is dedicated to the health, happiness and full participation of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. They have created a glossary of terms with definitions related to their communities. This is a great resource that The 519 hopes will facilitate "shared understanding around equity, diversity, inclusion and awareness."

Human Rights Information and Resources

Learn more about how George Brown is ensuring that every member of its community experiences and contributes to an understanding and respectful study and work environment free from discrimination and harassment.

Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Information and Resources 

We have a responsibility to do our part to change the conversation towards ending sexual assault and sexual violence. See what George Brown is doing to support survivors.

2SLGBTQIA+ 101 Summary 

Check out this resource from the Office of Anti-Racism, Equity and Human Rights Services that includes key terminology, key concepts, information about pronouns, and tips for inclusive language.

Chosen/Preferred Name Process

All George Brown students and employees who commonly use a name other than their legal first name can access a self-serve process on Stu-View to make sure their correct name will be displayed. This process will change the first name that is displayed across Stu-View, Blackboard, Email, and in Microsoft Office applications. However, this process will not alter a student's name where a legal name is required for business practices and legal requirements, including official records issued by the College like transcripts, confirmation of enrolment, financial records, and credentials.

How do I change my preferred name?

Students will need to log into their Stu-view account, select the 'Personal Information' tab, and select 'Preferred First Name', where a fillable field will allow them to enter a name of their choosing. Once this information is entered, it will be directed to the Office of the Registrar and within 2-3 business days, will be updated on the student record. Once a request has been processed, an email will be sent to your George Brown College email confirming the change.

Please note that name change submissions may be modified or cancelled at the discretion of the College.

Student Networks & Clubs

Check out this list of Student Networks and Clubs to find a group to join, or learn how to start your own.