Trent Queer Collective
Building and strengthening an active Queer Community at Trent and in the Peterborough area.
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About

About the TQC

What is the TQC?

The Trent Queer Collective was founded in 1987 as the "Trent Lesbian and Gay Collective." We exist to provide a safe space, resources, and social opportunities for MGSRI (Marginalized Gender/Sexuality/Romantic Identities) students.

The Trent Queer Collective strives to build and strengthen an active, visible and inclusive Queer community at Trent University and in the wider Peterborough area by connecting people to each other, to supportive networks, to information resources, and to Queer media. We seek to provide support and promote acceptance through the creation of safe social spaces that are free of judgment and prejudice against any group or individual. The Trent Queer Collective encourages and celebrates diversity, equality, positivity, understanding, inclusivity and fun.

Humble Beginnings

The Trent Homophile Association, the first Trent-associated queer group, was founded in 1977. In 1987, the Trent Lesbian and Gay Collective was founded in place of the THA. The Trent Queer Collective emerged out of the TLGC in the late 90's. For thirty years, the TQC has existed to celebrate queer identities as well as provide resources, safer space and social opportunities for queer and trans people and their allies.

The TQC office has been located in Sadleir House (room 208) since its move from Stratton House in the Fall of 2004. The TQC operates on a student levy of $1.67 per year from each undergraduate Trent student, as well as funds raised throughout the year.

What We Do

The Trent Queer Collective strives to build and strengthen an active, visible and inclusive Queer community at Trent University and in the wider Peterborough area by connecting people to each other, to supportive networks, to information resources, and to Queer media. We seek to provide support and promote acceptance through the creation of safe social spaces that are free of judgement and prejudice against any group or individual. The Trent Queer Collective encourages and celebrates diversity, equality, positivity, understanding, inclusivity and fun.

 Some of the events we currently run include:

  • The Queer Cinema: The TQC hosts queer movie nights regularly throughout the year. Stay tuned for upcoming films! The screenings are always free, and discussion/hang-out times are always encouraged following the film.

  • Open Meetings: Once a week, the TQC hosts an open meeting on Trent University campus to discuss future events and operations. This is your chance to give us your input and see how our organisation operates.

  • Beers 4 Queers: Every now and then, the TQC takes over a local bar and hosts this long-time favourite event. B4Q is a casual social gathering of old and new friends and everyone is always welcome to join us! Grab a beverage and stick around for some good company and good conversation. It's a great way to meet new people in your community!

  • Drag Show & Cabaret: Each spring, the TQC celebrates gender-bending through our annual Drag Show and Cabaret, featuring both local and visiting performers. Join us for our biggest event of the year!

Some of our past events included Alphabet Soup and Trans*Space, which are not currently run.

What's with the Q? And the MGSRI? Why not LGBT*?

Historically used as a derogatory term for MGSRI people, the word QUEER has been reclaimed by many within these communities as an umbrella or fluid term. Since we strive to create a diverse and inclusive community, we have chosen to use a word which does not point to a single identity or group of identities.

We have chosen to use MGSRI instead of LGBTQ* or some other acronym for a similar reason. We feel that acronyms such as LGBTQ, no matter how long, invariably prioritize some identities, exclude others, and define visibly what labels are a part of the community. We feel that MGSRI (Marginalized Gender/Sexuality/Romatic Identities) more inclusively describes the community we serve while allowing people to define for themselves what labels, if any, they'd like to apply to their identity.