The University’s Positive Space Campaign is a program that seeks to create and identify safer and more inclusive spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, questioning and two-spirit (LGBTTIQQ2S) students, staff, faculty, alumni and allies at the University of Toronto.
Positive Space challenges the patterns of silence that continue to marginalize LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty – even in environments with anti-discriminatory and inclusive policies. The most visible symbol of this campaign is the inverted rainbow triangle sticker that you will see in many places around campus.
If you notice a rainbow triangle sticker on a door or an office, it is a sign that people in that office are supportive of LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty, and our allies and would welcome your questions and requests for assistance. They may not have all the answers, but they will be helpful in a general way, and can refer you to appropriate offices and services.
Currently, each campus has a committee that works towards ensuring that working and learning environments are welcoming to LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty and allies. Change can not come from policy alone, but also comes from people acting together to ensure that all are welcome and respected. Each committee establishes its own agenda, but all work towards spreading awareness and growing the size of the campaign – on the St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough campuses.