Learning about the Quality of Life Levels of the LGBTIQ2+ Community in the Shuswap Region
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The Why: Essie’s Place has been formed to better understand the Quality of Life levels of LGBTIQ2+ people in the Shuswap Region. Through this work, we hope to connect to as many community members as possible. We are crossing our fingers that through these connections, we will create safe enough spaces to learn about both the rural and non-rural experiences of our communities. We humbly acknowledge that this work will take place on the lands and territories of First Nations Communities in the Shuswap Region. Further, as allies and/or members of BIPOC and/or minority communities, we want to find ways, together, to work equally, equitably with our LGBTIQ2+ BIPOC, and/or minority communities. Through engaging compassionately, gently and openly, we hope community members will come together to eventually lead work about how to better meet the needs of our community, in all areas affecting their Quality of Life...be it as individuals or collectively as a gorgeous group of Kaleidoscope People.
To learn about the Quality of Life levels, we are using the English language version of the WHOQOL-BREF. This is a Quality of Life Survey Tool sanctioned by the World Health Organization. We know it is not in the first language of some, and it does not include questions about cultural impacts, however, we just feel we have to start somewhere. We were unable to find any LGBTIQ2+ specific QOL tools, so we settled on this one because it is extremely reliable with respect to Quality of Life areas, but as is the case with many things, it is NOT fully comprehensive. We are also unable to alter it, in order to use it freely. It is a reliable tool, however as those of us who live in this community know, in some ways, it is not reflective of what we know today. We have chosen to use this tool, while making sure we are capturing diversity of our communities in another way. The questions you are about to answer in this section have has been created to ensure we learn about the most current experiences and ways people identify their cultures, their genders and their sexual orientation. Who knows....we might even pass this section on to the creators of this tool, so they can update their thinking too. We ask you to bear with us.
This survey process involves accessing three links, all at www.essiesplace.ca on the main page. Please complete this section (Link1) and then return to the second link to do the WHO QOL survey. Finally, if you are a person who identifies as trans, gender diverse, someone with a DSD or any other way that describes your awesome gender diversity, please complete section 3 by clicking on link 3.
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