Mission Statement

We aim to provide services to any person who identifies with our anti-oppressive, feminist, and trans-positive principles, regardless of gender identity.

The Union for Gender Empowerment provides resources, educational opportunities and a center for advocacy. Resources include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A co-op selling alternative menstrual products, safer sex products, and gender empowerment items on a pay-what-you-can basis
  • Referrals for health and legal issues
  • Feminist, queer-positive and trans-positive resources at McGill and in the wider community
  • A lending library of books, periodicals and zines focusing on gender and issues intersecting with gender
  • A drop-in centre and lounge, an office with internet access
  • When able, educational opportunities, such as workshops and action groups
  • Act as a centre for gender advocacy by working as allies in solidarity with other organizations who share our values
  • Taking on our own initiatives to actively address, educate on and challenge the enforcement of the gender binary

With these services in mind, we aim to ensure that all individuals in the space are treated with respect for their identity and background, including political and religious beliefs, and that they have equal access to the resources available. The collective strives to be an anti-oppressive organization that welcomes, but is not limited to, queer, Two-Spirit, transgender, intersex and genderqueer people. We work to ensure that our services are sensitive to survivors of gender-based violence, people of colour, Indigenous peoples, people with financial difficulties, people without status and people with disabilities. We do not support colonialism in any of its forms, both past and present, and act towards dismantling the colonialism that is still present in our society today.  In accordance with the above stated goals, we seek to establish a collective that has a strong representation of people of colour and trans people.

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