Out in Public: Impacts of public gender-based violence on 2SLGBTQ+ youth

In 2022, Wisdom2Action (W2A) in partnership with Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Researching Environments that Affirm 2S/LGBTQ+ Identities, Relationships & Mental Health (REAFFIRM) Collaborative team, launched a research study titled “Out in Public: Impacts of Public Gender-Based Violence (GBV) on 2SLGBTQI+ Youth”. This study was completed thanks to funding received from the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR).

The goals of this study were to: 

  • Strengthen intersectional knowledge of 2SLGBTQ+ young peoples’ experiences with street harassment and other forms of public gender-based violence in Canada
  • Analyze the impacts of this violence on 2SLGBTQ+ young peoples’ mental health and well-being
  • Use this data to provide insights for 2SLGBTQ+, youth-serving and anti-GBV organizations across Canada to better understand and thereby address public gender based violence against 2SLGBTQ+ young people. 


This study aimed to fill gaps in the literature on GBV as it impacts 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Canada’s public spaces. The study not only produced pertinent data on the issue but can also serve as a tool to challenge the narrative that GBV largely only impacts cisgender, heterosexual women. This study was accomplished through the collection of first hand experiences of queer and trans youth across the country through a survey, focus groups and interviews. 

Below you will find a downloadable version of the final report where you can read all the findings of the study alongside the recommendations that emerged from them.

This study was completed thanks to the dedicated work and support of the following people:

Simon Fraser University
Thiyaana Jeyabalan
Ren Lo
Dr. Travis Salway
Sarah Watt

Wisdom2Action Project Team
Marissa Campbell
Marcie Casler
Julia Falco
Alice Gauntley
Maxwell Holmes
Fae Johnstone
Sreya Roy
Rayan Saied
Dr. Dennis Stuebing

Community Research Assistants
C Icart
Jane Mao
Jade Petgrave-Cayley
Evan Robins

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