Welcome to the Sexual Health Resource Centre at Queen’s University!
The Sexual Health Resource Centre is a confidential, non-judgmental, sex positive, pro-choice, queer positive, non-heterosexist and feminist information and referral service for questions regarding sex, sexuality and sexual health. We also offer the sale of at-cost safer sex products and toys. Our centre is staffed by trained volunteers who are knowledgeable about the products we sell and respond to client inquiries made in person or by telephone.
In addition to Queen’s University, we extend our services to the Kingston communities on a year-round basis. We are a Society of Graduate and Professional Students service at Queen’s University.
In response to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the community, the SHRC is temporarily shutting down physical operations and has transitioned to a limited virtual capacity. At this time, our voicemail is open and will be checked daily to answer questions regarding sexual health and wellness. As well, our Instagram, Facebook, and email (email@example.com) inboxes are monitored frequently. We would like to remind clients that our resources can be found on our website 24/7. Finally, the Essential Items Bursary is open to assist Queen’s students in practicing safer sex while we are closed.
At this time, we will be accepting phone and online accompaniment requests to the Women’s Clinic and SA/DV unit at KGH on a case-by-case basis. If we are unavailable or cannot be reached, we encourage you to access the telephone and online under our Resources tab.
We are keen to re-open once again as soon as it is safe to do so. We understand that this is a very stressful time, and are committed to providing alternative forms of support for your sexual health in the meantime while we work with Public Health and Queen’s to welcome you back to the Centre soon.
The SHRC stands in solidarity with Black community members and protestors currently fighting for justice.
To all students and community members,
In response to the current protests taking place across Canada and the US, we at the SHRC stand in solidarity with the Black community in the fight against systemic racism and white supremacy. We acknowledge the prevalence of anti-Black sentiment in Kingston and across Canada and would like to do our part in moving beyond words to tangible action in order to better support our community.
While the centre remains closed, we commit to using our online platform to share resources and provide access to information relating to the topics of anti-racism and Black history as they pertain to sex, sexuality, and sexual health. We will continue to actively integrate antiracist thought into our own practices as a confidential, non-judgmental, sex-positive, pro-choice, queer-positive, non-heterosexist and feminist information and referral service.
We also hope to better ourselves as a resource for the BIPOC community. This means committing to continuing education on anti-racism for our volunteers and expanding our catalogue of resources. As part of this commitment, the SHRC is matching the donation made by Queen’s Black Academic Society to the Go Fund Me created by Regis Korchinski-Paquet’s family and the Black Visions Collective.
The conversation does not end here.
We encourage our community to hold us accountable. Only by working together can we dismantle the racist institutions upon which so much of our society is built.
Below are some relevant resources available for support and information:
List of action items (donation links, petitions) and educational resources compiled by Queen’s Black Academic Society (QBAS): https://linktr.ee/queensblackacademic
Educational resources on meaningful allyship and supporting Black communities: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#educate
Link to mental health and support resources for Black individuals: https://linktr.ee/mianatjo
Compilation of anti-racism and BIPOC-focused mental health resources (AMS Social Issues Commission): https://www.instagram.com/p/CA5kRv4Bmox/
Mental health and support resources at Queen’s (Student Wellness Services): https://www.queensu.ca/studentwellness/resources/mental-health-resources-supports-and-programs
Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO) at Queen’s: https://www.queensu.ca/hreo/education
The HREO offers educational trainings that are available to students, faculty and staff at Queen’s. Custom trainings are offered on request. The Human Rights Advisory Services branch of the HREO (https://www.queensu.ca/humanrights/home) offers appointments with trained advisors that are able to explain and advocate for equitable policies and procedures, act as support persons during meetings and speak to others on behalf of service-users in the context of human rights issues at Queen’s.
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❇️ Accurate information and referrals
❇️ At cost safer-sex products
❇️ Confidential and non-judgmental