Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services

Orlando Books Collective Entrance Award

Donor: Orlando Books Collective

Orlando Books was a presence on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue from 1993 to the end of 2002. Orlando Books hosted activism, and progressive ideals through literature focused on feminisms, cultural, post-colonial, and queer studies, as well as literature from small presses. During its tenure, the bookstore hosted hundreds of readings for writers from across the country and also provided a meeting space for various community groups. In the late 1990s the store tried to place an ad in a local high school newspaper that read: Books for lesbian and gay students and their friends. When the principal refused to allow the students to print the ad, the bookstore owner and a group of educators decided that queer students needed more support within the school system. The group authored a booklet that was eventually published and distributed by the Alberta Teachers’ Association called Safe and Caring Schools for Lesbian and Gay Youth: A Guide for Teachers.


Apply for this award: 
To apply for this award, complete the application form, and be sure to include all the required documentation. For more info on requirement, qualifications, or other awards offered by iSMSS check out our scholarship info package.

Applications can be emailed, mailed or dropped off in person. Applications are due no later than November 30, 2019. Reference letters for all emailed applications must be mailed or dropped off in person. Applications can be dropped off in person Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. to 5-181I Education North. Please ensure the application is clearly labelled. 


References will not be accepted via email.
References letters must be mailed or dropped off in person.


7-104 Education Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada
T6G 2G5




5-181I Education North Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada


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