LGBTQ2S+ Students in the Time of COVID – Connecting Amongst Distance

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With spring upon us, many of us feel the familiar yearning to get outside and connect with family, friends, and neighbours. In the midst of a global pandemic, social distancing has equated to feelings of social isolation which can be particularly pronounced for LGBTQ2S+ students. With impacts to social and health services, cancelled Pride events, and a lack of opportunity to engage with fellow community members face-to-face, how are students staying connected? 

Please join us for the second of two webinars where we create space to connect, share ideas, and build community in the post-secondary LGBTQ2S+ community.  We will explore self-care and mental health promotion while inviting participants to share ideas for staying connected amidst distance. All attendees are encouraged to bring ideas, examples, or resources that they’re using to maintain a connection.  Happy Pride month!


Kirstin McLaughlin (she/her) is an LGBTQ2S+ nurse educator with Camosun College on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.  An LGBTQ2S+ advocate and activist, prior to moving to Vancouver Island Kirstin was the Chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee for the City of Kamloops, Kamloops Pride Past President, and the BC Winter Games first-ever Inclusion Chair in 2018.  She is delighted to work with, and in service to, post-secondary students and LGBTQ2S+ community members.

Tanysha Klassen (they/them) is the Chairperson of the British Columbia Federation of Students and has years of experience in advocating for post-secondary students across British Columbia, including campaigning against increased tuition fees, poor government funding of the post-secondary sector, and access to affordable and open-source textbooks. Tanysha began their journey in the student union movement at the Douglas (College) Students’ Union in 2016 and has continued to fight for affordable, accessible, post-secondary education and student rights.