What does it mean to be an LGBT+ nonprofit organization in Canada today when the social context of what LGBT+ organizations do has changed rapidly in the last decade? What are the organizational challenges (and opportunities) that arise from being an LGBT+ organization in the current social, political, and economic climate? For instance, controlling the perception of the organization is important for any nonprofit, but fine-tuning how the organization is perceived might be made more difficult from some base factors: Canada’s diversity and geographic size, and translating LGBT+ conversations into organizational practice. This session presents preliminary findings from doctoral research interviews conducted with LGBT+ nonprofit organizations in Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary. Drawing upon these preliminary findings, it will also engage with the broader debate on the unintended effects of LGBT+ progressive social policy for nonprofit organizations: Where might LGBT+ organizations ‘lose out’ when they get what they want?

Presented By: Jessica Ng

Jessica is a doctoral candidate in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the UK. She studies the unintended effect of progressive social policy on organizations and how organizations navigate survival after attaining success. Her doctoral research explores these larger questions through a case study of LGBTQ organizations in Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary in the post-same-sex marriage period. Jessica’s other research looks at the transformation of the HIV/AIDS service provider sector in Toronto (in progress), and the effect of Christian international NGOs on domestic LGBTQ activism under the authoritarian state in China. She is currently coauthoring research on public support for publicly-funded HIV PrEP in the United Kingdom. A Toronto native, Jessica holds an MPhil in Social Policy and an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the LSE, and a BA in Canadian Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto.

Date: April 12, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: The 519, Ballroom