Cochrane Ideas – February 2022

Renita Bartlett
Let’s Talk Safer Spaces!

Friday, February 11th @ 7:00 pm

Zoom link: 
Meeting ID: 845 7659 3011
Passcode: 179780

Gender equity and inclusion are vital topics in today’s conversations! A “safer space” is a place or environment in which a person can feel they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, judgment, or emotional or physical harm based on their gender or sexual diversity. But how to open that dialogue on creating a safer space—a space where people can find themselves reflected and know that ALL people will be treated with respect and dignity?

Presenter Renita Bartlett (pronouns she/her) was born in small-town Nova Scotia. She has been a long-time active member and ally in the 2SLGBTQ community. She helped found the Kindred Cochrane Pride Society and was active on the board until 2021. Renita was also a member of Calgary Outlink and served as vice president on its board of directors. With her passion for making the community a safer, kinder place for everyone, Renita welcomes questions, so bring them along!

In her presentation, Renita will explain the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; define the terminology used to describe sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in today’s world; outline ways to be an advocate/ally for 2SLGBTQ people; and discuss the simple actions you can take toward making the world a Safer Space for all!