MISSION & MANDATE
Recognizing the need for queer and trans youth community development and ownership, speqtrum will be developing a mission statement with the guidance of youth, peers, and elders in the future.
Our current mandate is to support the growth and development of LGBTQ2SIA+ youth (17-29) and their communities through two meetups each month and workshops investing in the skills and organizing capacity of our city's queer and trans youth.
Our goal is that Hamilton's LGBTQ2SIA+ youth will form and maintain healthy, close relationships with their peers and community.
...for all to feel safe, included, and supported
Each activity will begin with our statement of accountability, outlining our collective commitment to each other to create a safe space.
All workshops and social activities will be held in wheelchair accessible locations, and have a designated chill space for those needing a break from programming. All Active sessions will be sports that are accessible, where possible, and open to all skill levels.
All Activities will be free of charge, with equipment and materials provided.
Bus tickets will be available to participants.
Equity Based & Anti-Oppressive
We are committed to fostering community-specific programming for historically marginalized queer people, including PoC, two spirit folks, newcomers, trans folks, disabled folks, and others. All facilitators will undergo anti-oppression training.
Racism, sexism, transphobia, biphobia, ableism, classism, and bullying are not welcome at speqtrum events.
We recognize that we all come from different places of knowledge and access to knowledge about oppression; educational materials and support are available from speqtrum staff at all events.