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Queering the Academy

Making a difference in our academic spaces

What is "Queering the Academy"?

TUFA's Equity committee, in collaboration with staff, community partners, and student groups is organizing a campus-wide "Queering the Academy" (QTA) campaign that will take place in October on both the Symons and Durham campuses. We chose October as it is Queer History month and October 11th is National Coming Out Day. Based upon national and international campaigns, the goals of QTA are to "warm up" campus climates, make them more welcoming and inclusive for all faculty, staff, and students, and dismantle cisgenderism/heterosexism, trans/homophobia, and discrimination. We are celebrating the contributions that queer students, staff, and scholars make to the academy and have invited our colleagues to consider how they can "Queer" their lectures, course materials, and content. We are also highlighting queer research, books, articles, and scholarship from Trent Faculty and graduate students. ​

Queering The Academy Schedule of Events 


Peterborough - October 28-November 1st.

October 28 to November 2, Scott House @ Traill College

Traill: A Space that Fosters Alternative Voices  (an exhibition)


Peterborough - October 30, 2018

  • 12:00- 12:30 Queering The Academy Celebration and Opening- Great Hall Champlain
    • Welcome and Introduction- Dr. Susan Hillock- Chair Tufa’s Equity Committee
    • Opening Remarks- Dr. Leo Groarke- President Trent University
    • #QUEERTRENT Cupcakes Served
  • 12:30- 3:30 Information and Awareness Tables Across Campus
  • 12:30- 3:30 Coming Out Door, Allyship, and Photo Booth Event – OC Wenjack area Hallowe’en Candy Available
  • 1:00- 3:00 Sex Toys: Enhancing Intimacy for a Millenia- You’re Welcome Presentation- ECC212
  • 4:00- 7:00 “Hedwig and The Angry Inch” in Partnership with Trent Film Society- Trent Student Centre Event Space Rm # TSC1.07   Rainbow Popcorn and Juice Available
  • 4:00- 6:00 Queer Consent Circle- LEC Pit- Robyn Ocean- Trent’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Peer Support Coordinator
  • 7:00- 9:00 Round Table Discussion: Out And About On Campus: Queerness and Disability/Deafness on Campus, Bagnani Hall, Traill.
  • All Day #QUEERTRENT / Queering The Academy Participation Contest- Win Prizes!


1 November 2018  Kerr House @ The School for the Study of Canada, Traill College  

  • 12:00-1:30 Queering your syllabus (brown bag lunch)
    • Professors Karleen Pendleton Jimenez and Dimitry Anastakis share their experiences and recommend some best practices for including the LGBTQ2 community in your course design. Bring  your lunch – cookies will be provided!
  • 1:45- 3:00  Queering the Trent Experience
    • An opportunity to share in informal discussion about being Queer at Trent as a student, as a faculty member or staff member or as an ally.
  • 3:15 - 4:30 Queer Idols and Free Snacks: Poster Competition, Exhibition and Social 
    • General collegiality accompanied by food – and an opportunity to cast your ballots to vote for winners in the  poster contest.

Trent At Durham - October 11-30th 

October 11, 2018 -October 30 Rainbow Archway Installation

October 18, 19, 29, 30 Front Atrium and Library space, 11 am-3 pm- Atrium Slide Show 

October 18

  • 11 am Queering The Academy Celebration and Opening
  • 11 am Photo Booth #QUEERTRENT / Queering The Academy Participation Contest
  • 11- 3 pm Information and Awareness Tables (in front of the library)


October 30 3- 6 pm Final Event Atrium

3 pm Atrium - Joe Muldoon Welcome and Cake Cutting

                        Movie: Rocky Horror Picture Show

                        Contest Prize Ceremony

Social Media Contest

October 30th is the date for our “Queering the Academy” social media contest where all students, faculty, and staff have a chance to win prizes, including a $200 Trent Bookstore Gift Card and two $75 Trent Food Services Gift Cards. 

To enter the grand competition, faculty, students, and staff must post a photo of themselves showing their participation in Queering the Academy by sharing #QUEERTRENT on social media  (Instagram, Facebook,or Twitter). Those who do not use social media can still enter. Please state union or college affiliation as subject heading and email photo to susanhillock@trentu.ca.

Additional competition: Students can also share the college, with which they are affiliated as a hashtag in the same post, so that they can enter a secondary competition for prizes from their college.

Example posts - Decorating the college office to show Champlain support for Queering the Academy #QUEERTRENT and #ChamplainCollege 

Queer Your Teaching - Suggestions for Queering The Academy (QTA): Faculty, Instructors, & Graduate Students (S. Hillock, 2018)

Regularly Incorporate Queer Research and Scholarship Into Your Classes/Courses

  • Queer Your Lecture- include queer readings, authors, literature, art, history, research, topics, and so on (see recommended readings list below).
  • Queer Your Syllabi
  • Do a Sex/Gender- based Analysis of your course materials, syllabi, and teaching methods (see below- Clow, Pederson, Haworth-Brockman, and Bernier, 2009).  
  • Include Case Studies, Class Discussions, Social Action/Advocacy Plans, and Assignments that aim to critically deconstruct cisgenderism, heterosexism, and trans/homophobia.
  • Respect and Include Coming Out Stories in Lectures, in Case Studies, and Class Discussions.
  • Feature Important Queer Contributors from your discipline. Examples include Alan Turing- Digital World, Jane Addams -Social Work, Harvey Milk- Political Studies, Truman Capote, Marcel Proust, Emily Dickinson, and Virginia Woolf- English, Audrey Lorde- Women/Gender Studies, Creative/Critical- Oscar Wilde, We‘Wha- Anthropology, John Maynard Keynes- Economics, Erasmus- History, Leonardo da Vinci-Science, Michelangelo- Art, etc.)

Promote Insight/Self- Awareness

  • Develop Awareness of Cisgender, Masculine, Class, Race, and Heterosexist Privilege
  • Become Knowledgeable About History(ies)  of Oppression, Harassment, and Discrimination
  • Learn more about Identity Formation, Intersectionality, and Social Location

Queer Action For Change

  • Create Safe Places- Find Out How to Do This
  • Join/Engage with the LGBTQPlus Community
  • Support and Create Queer/Straight Alliances
  • Participate in Social Activism and Local Community Events

Questions to Ask: Queer(ying) Your Own Norms

  • Is your office/classroom/Department a safe space? How would you know? How can you find out?
  • Are your language choices, documentation, forms, and records inclusive?
  • Do you have queer content, books, pamphletts, posters, art, movies, and so on visible and/or available to queer service users/students/staff/instructors?
  • Do you include queer voices, images, poetry, videos, music, and stories in your lectures, case studies, assignments, discussions, articles, etc.?
  • Do you know what resources are available in your local area and on campus to support queer individuals? On October 30th, please pick up one of our Information Pamphletts, available across campus at our QTA tables, to find out more.
  • Do you have gender neutral bathrooms? Yes, at Trent, we do!!
  • What about your Department and Trent’s hiring, tenure, promotion, and administrative practices? How inclusive are they?
  • Are all your staff/faculty/instructors trained to be welcoming and inclusive?
  • Have your colleagues, instructors, and staff discussed Unconscious/Implicit Bias or participated in any training in this area?
  • Do you and your colleagues know what steps to take to stop heterosexism and cisgenderism and to report discrimination and harassment at Trent?
  • What about your Department and Trent’s policies- are they inclusive in terms of language and do they protect LGBTQI* individuals’ freedom of sexual and gender identity and expression?
  • What have you personally and professionally done to become an ally?
  • How are you involved in social action to dismantle heterosexism, cisgenderism, and trans/homophobia?


Recommended Readings

Queering History, Theory, & Awareness

Adam, B. D. (1995). The rise of a gay and lesbian movement. New York: Twayne Publishers.

Bernard, I. (1999). Queer race. Social Semiotics, 9(2), 199-212. New York: Routledge.

Berger, R. M. (1983). What is a homosexual? A Definitional Model. Social Work, 28 (2), 132-135.

Berger, R. M. (1990). Passing: Impact on the quality of same- sex couple relationships. Social Work. 35, 328-332.

Berger, R. M. (1996). Gay and gray (2nd ed.). Boston: Alyson Publications.

Crawford, W. (1984). Homosexuality in Canada: A bibliography 2nd ed. Toronto: Gay Archives.

Edwards, T. (1998). Queer fears: Against the cultural turn. Sexualities, 1, 471-484.

Fraser, J. & Miller, A. V. (1982). Lesbian and gay heritage of Toronto. Toronto: Gay Archives.

Goldie, T. Ed. (2001). In a queer country: Gay and lesbian studies in the Canadian Context. (online resource).

Irving, D. & Raj, R. (Eds.) (2014). Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader. Toronto: Canadian Scholarly Press.

 Itaborahy L.P. & Zhu J. (2013). State-Sponsored Homophobia: A world survey of laws: Criminalisation, protection and recognition of same-sex love. International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA). Retrieved April 10, 2104 from ILGA at http://old.ilga.org/Statehomophobia/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2013... .

Jagose, A. (1997). Queer theory. Carleton South: Melbourne University Press.

Knegt, P. (2011). Queer rights. Nova Scotia: Fernwood Publishing.

Lovaas, K. E., Elia, J. P., & Yep, G. A. (2006). Shifting ground(s). Journal of Homosexuality. 52 (1-2), 1-18.

MacDonald, E. (2002). Transgender/transsexual theorizing, organizing, cultural production. Conference tape. Toronto: York University.

McLeod, D. W. (1996) Lesbian and gay liberation in Canada: A selected annotated chronology 1964-1975. Toronto: ECW Press/Homewood Books.

Meyer-Cook, F. & Labelle, D. (2004). Namaji: Two-spirited organizing in Montreal. Canada. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 16(10), 29-51.

Miller, N. (1995). Out of the past: Gay and lesbian history from 1869 to the present. New York: Random House.

Mulé, N.J. (2010). Same-Sex Marriage and Canadian Relationship Recognition – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: A Critical Liberationist Perspective, The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services (special issue), 22 (1 – 2), pp. 74 – 90.

Q-team. (2011). Queers made this: A visual archive of queer organizing in Montreal. Montreal: Q-team Publishing. 

Polikoff, N. (2008). Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families Under the Law. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Roscoe, W.  (1998). Changing ones: Third and fourth genders in Native North America. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Sullivan, N. (2003). A critical introduction to queer theory. New York: New York University Press.


Queering Education/Disciplines

Bacon, J. (2006). Teaching queer theory at a normal school. Journal of Homosexuality, 52 (1-2), 257-283.

Bird, L. (2004). A queer diversity: teaching difference as interrupting intersections. Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education, 1 (1), 1-25.

Clow, Pederson, Haworth-Brockman, and Bernier. (2009). Rising to the challenge: Sex-and gender-based analysis for health planning, policy and research in Canada. Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Endres, Nikolai. (2005). Queering our classrooms. Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, 5 (1), 131-139.

Fitzgerald, M. & Rayter, S. Eds. (2012). Queerly Canadian: An introductory reader in sexuality studies. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Ford, Tracy. (2004). Queering education from the ground up: challenges and opportunities for educators. Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education, 1(1), 1-28.

Hamington, M. Ed. (2010). Feminist interpretations of Jane Addams. U.S.: The Pennsylvania State University Press.

Hodges, I. (2011). Queering psychoanalysis: Power, self and identity in psychoanalysis therapy with sexual minority clients. Psychology and Sexuality, 2(1), 29-44.

Khayatt, D. (2005). Lesbian teachers: An invisible presence, In Nikolai Endres, Queering our classrooms. Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, language, Composition, and Culture. 5(1), 131-139. U.S.: Duke University Press.

McNaron, T. (1997). Poisoned ivy: Lesbian and gay academics confronting homophobia. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Moore, L., Dietz, T. J., & Jenkins, D. A. (1996). Beyond the classroom: Taking action against heterosexism. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 5 (4),87-98.

Moore, O. (2014). Human-rights tribunal probing student's complaints of homophobic discrimination. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 20., 2104 from the Globe and Mail at : http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/tribunal-to-hear-gay-discrim...

Mulé, N.J., Ross, L.E., Deeprose, B., Jackson, B.E., Daley, A., Travers, A. & Moore, D. (2009). Promoting LGBT Health and Wellbeing through Inclusive Policy Development, International Journal for Equity in Health, 8 (18), http://www.equityhealthj.com/content/8/1/18.

Rankin, S.R. (2005). Campus climates for sexual minorities. New Directions for Student Services, 111, 17 – 23.

Ruffolo, D. (2006). Reading students as queer: disrupting (hetero) normativity for an equitable future. Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education, 2 (1), 6- 28.

Taylor, C., Peter, T., with McMinn, T.L., Elloitt, T., Beldom, S., Ferry, A., Gross, Z., Paquin, S, & Schachter, K. (2011). Every class in every school: The first national climate survey on homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in Canadian schools. Final report. Toronto: Egale Canada Human Rights Trust.

Tierney, William G. (1997). Academic outlaws: Queer theory and cultural studies in the academy. London: Sage Publications.

Vasquez, M. J. T. & Eldridge, N. S. (1994). Bringing ethics alive: Training practitioners about gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation issues. Women and Therapy, 15 (1), 1-16.

Vogel, C. & North, R. (2012). Living rooms, bedrooms and the streets. In Neigh, S. Talking Radical Gender & Sexuality: Canadian History Through The Stories of Activists. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 123-145.

Walker, R. (2004). Queering identity/ies: Agency and subversion in Canada. Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education, 1(1), 1-19.

Warner, T. (2002). Never Going Back: A History of Queer Activism in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Wilson, A.  (1996). How we find ourselves: Identity development and two-spirited people. Harvard Educational Review. 66(2), 303-317.


Queering Social Work Education

Black, B., Oles, T.P., Carmer, E., & Bennett, C.K. (1999). Attitudes and behaviours of social work students toward lesbian and gay male clients. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 9(4), 47-64.

Brownlee, K., Sprakes, A., Saini, M., O’Hare, R., Kortes-Miller, & Graham, J. (2005). Heterosexism among social work students. Social Work Education, 24(5), 485-494.

Chinell, J. (2011). Three voices: Reflections on homophobia and heterosexism in social work education. Social Work Education, 30(7), 759-773.

Cramer, E. P. (1997). Effects of an educational unit about lesbian identity development and disclosure in a social work methods course, Journal of Social Work Education, 33, 461-472.

Erich, S., Bouttè-Queen, N., Donnelly, S., & Tittsworth, J. (2007). Social work education: Implications for working with the transgender community. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 12(2), 42-52. U.S.: Duke University Press.

Foreman, M., & Quinlan, M. (2008). Increasing social work students’ awareness of heterosexism and homophobia– A partnership between a community gay health project and a school of social work. Social Work Education, 27(2), 152-158.

Gerdes, K. E. & Norman, J. (2008). Teaching social work students the breadth of gay and lesbian identity development. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 17 (1-2), 137-154.

Hidalgo, H., Peterson, T. L., & Woodman, N. J. Eds. (1985). Lesbian and gay issues: A resource manual for social workers. Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers.

Hillock, S. & Mulé, N. J. (2016). Queering Social Work Education. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Kwong-Lai Poon, Maurice. (2011). Writing the racialized queer bodies: Race and sexuality in social work. Canadian Social Work Review, 28 (1), 145-150.

Logie, C., Bridge, T. J, & Bridge, P. D. (2007). Evaluating the phobias, attitudes, and cultural competence of master of social work students toward the LGBT populations. Journal of Homosexuality, 53 (4), 201-221.

Mackelprang, R. W., Ray, J., & Hernandez- Peck, M. (1996). Social work education and sexual orientation: Faculty, student, and curriculum issues. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 5 (4), 17-31.

Mackinnon, R. V. (2011). Thinking about queer theory in social work education: A pedagogical (in)quiry. Canadian Social Work Review, 28 (1), 139-144.

Martin, J. I. & Hunter, S. (2001). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in social work: A comprehensive bibliography with annotations. Virginia: Council on Social Work Education.

McPhail, B.A. (2004). Questioning gender and sexuality binaries: What queer theorists, transgendered individuals, and sex researchers can teach social work. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 17(1), 3-21.

Morrow, D. F. (1996). Heterosexism: Hidden discrimination in social work education, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. 5 (4), 1- 16.

Mulé, N.J. (2006). Equity vs. invisibility: Sexual orientation issues in social work ethics and curricula standards. Social Work Education, 25 (6), 608 – 622.

Ole, T.P., Black, B., & Cramer, E. (1999). From attitude change to effective practice: Explaining the relationship. Journal of Social Work Education, 35(1), 87-100.

Telesco, G. A. (2009). Case studies on sexual orientation and gender expression in social work practice. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 29 (3), 363-367.

Todd, S., & Coholic, D. (2007). Christian fundamentalism and anti-oppressive social work pedagogy. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 27 (3-4), 5-25.

Van Soest, Dorothy. (1996). The influence of competing ideologies about homosexuality on non-discrimination policy: Implications for social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 32, 53- 64.

Wiegman, R. (1997). Queering the academy. In The Gay '90s: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Formations in Queer Studies. Eds. Thomas Foster, Carol Siegel, and Ellen E. Berry. New York: New York University Press, 3-22.

Willis, P. (2007). “Queer eye” for social work: Rethinking pedagogy and practice with same-sex attracted young people. Australian Social Work, 60(2), 181-196.


Queering Research

Herek, G.M., Kimmel, D.C., Amaro, H. & Melton, G.B. (1991). Avoiding heterosexual bias in psychological research. American Psychologist, 46, 957-963.

Levy, D. L. & Johnson, C. W. (2011). What does the Q mean?  Including queer voices in qualitative research. Qualitative Social Work, 11(2), 130-140.

Meezan, W. & Martin, J. Eds. (2003). Research methods with gay, lesbian, bisexual  and transgender populations. Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press.

Warner, D. N. (2004). Towards a queer research methodology. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 1 (4), 321- 337.