Chapter Overview

We begin this chapter by presenting two composite scenarios that reflect real-world experiences of homelessness in Canada, as they pertain to Gender and Queer Studies. As you work through the scenarios, you are encouraged to adopt both an empathic perspective, to consider your own response(s) within the scenario, and a critical perspective, to think about how the scenarios represent larger issues impacting people in our society.


After considering the real-world scenarios, we will endeavour to answer each question posed in the learning objectives. What is unique about the experience of homelessness for women? Do men and women have different needs when experiencing homelessness? Why is there a high rate of homelessness is the LGBTQ2S+ community? Throughout this chapter, we will examine these three questions, using academic literature, featured articles, lived experience representation, multi-media activities, and virtual guest lectures from some of Canada’s leading homelessness researchers.


At the end of the chapter, we will return to the scenarios presented at the beginning and reconsider them in light of what has been learned. Together we will see how a framework of being trauma-informed, person-centred, socially inclusive, and situated within the social determinants of health is critical for understanding homelessness in Canada. These concepts will re-emerge in each chapter throughout this book to demonstrate the complexity and inter-connected nature of these issues.


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