Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services

The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) is building a more inclusive, diversive and respectful society that is free from discriminaton.

Project Overview

The institute has a profound impact on people, both within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) community and society as a whole. Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) youth develop their voice and are empowered as role models and leaders, while working to create a more inclusive society. iSMSS research has led to the development of resources that address homophobic bullying, gay-straight student alliances, sexual health guidelines and protocols, and sexual orientation and gender identity educational policies.

Recognizing Advocacy

Fiercely committed to his fellow students, Anthony Lott, '10 BSc, '14 MD, was recognized by iSMSS through the Michael Phair Leadership Award for his work advocating for sexual minorities on campus and the LGBTQ community. Lott has always given back to the community, advocating for sexual minorities on campus and the LGBTQ community both locally and internationally.

He has taught piano to inner-city children, English to the underserved people of Bolivia and participated in a healthcare internship in Nicaragua. Lott is now committed to becoming a doctor who can serve his community. He has been able to pursue his medical education because of the scholarships he has received. "In environments like San Francisco and New York, having LGBTQ-aware physicians is part of the social fabric, but in Edmonton it's still very new."

"To have a physician who is understanding and appreciative of the complexities of sexual minority issues is a huge thing. The most generous thing I could do is to give my services back to my campus and local communities for all the good they've given to me," said Lott.

The Impact of Your Donations

iSMSS is inspiring change. Since its launch on July 5, 2012, the institute's nohomophobes.com project has attracted 1.7 million page views and been listed on the 2013 TheGayUK New Year's Recognition List. This project raises awareness about the shocking prevalence and damaging nature of casual homophobia online. It has attracted international attention and has been featured by more than 50 worldwide media outlets.

The institute's goals are to not only inspire change, but also advance the scholarship on SGM youth, use research to inform policymaking, and attract and train the brightest graduate students from around the world. These students have an opportunity to engage in like-minded programs on campus that work collaboratively and enhance each other's work.

How to Help

With your support, iSMSS can bring about change across Canada and the world. The success of programming has been overwhelming, and we need your help to ensure that iSMSS meets the growing demand and expands to help even more youth across the country and around the world. Together, we can build a more just society.

Help Change a Young Person's Life

With your support, iSMSS can bring about change across Canada and the world.

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To inquire about how you can provide support, please contact Sean Mowat

Telephone: 780-492-8863
Email: sean.mowat@ualberta.ca

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