Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services

Canada Research Chair

In Canada, sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth often experience adversity and trauma in schooling while experiencing government, legal, and healthcare services as disconnected and insufficient to address their needs. Contesting the history of stigmatizing or fixing these youth as a source of social disorder (a problems approach), (Dr. André P. Grace), (Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Studies (Tier 1)) is addressing these urgent problems. His research program, now supported by the federal government's Canada Research Chair program, strives for greater synchronicity in research, policy, and practice so stakeholders in education, healthcare, and other social institutions can collectively help these youth to build capacity (a solutions approach). His research goal is to advance recognition and accommodation of SGM youth in education, healthcare, and other life contexts so these youth can be happy, healthy, and hopeful.