SPECTRUM’s goal is to create a safe and confidential environment in which participants feel that their contribution (especially disclosing their experiences and feelings) will be respected.

To that end, we ask participants:

  • to treat all people with civility, respect, integrity and fairness
  • to respect the confidentiality of those in the group
  • to abide by the principles, values and laws accepted by Canadian society
  • to be mindful of the amount of time that they are speaking, so that other participants have the option of time to speak
  • to engage in respectful dialogue with regard to racial, sexual, political, religious or government policy; racism and sexism will not be tolerated
  • to avoid interrupting people
  • to avoid making generalizations about groups of people in the rainbow community since this might leave some participants feeling marginalized or judged
  • to avoid making assumptions about the gender identity or sexual orientation of participants; they will disclose this themselves if they wish to; also avoid asking trans folk intrusive questions – about hormone therapy or surgery.
  • to avoid suggesting that there is one correct way of behaving or living – for example, by giving unrequested advice to participants

In order to provide a safe environment for all, we ask that participants refrain from using, possessing or distributing alcohol or recreational substances at Spectrum or during our programs and events.


SPECTRUM programs

SPECTRUM offers a safe place where LGBTQ2+ individuals can be themselves and find community and supports.