Researching for LGBTQ Health

Pride & Poverty: 2SLGBTQA+ Peoples' Stories of Accessing Social Assistance in Toronto

Research shows that 2SLGBTQA+ people experience greater economic inequities than their heterosexual and cisgender (non-trans) peers. Although poverty is widely understood to be a critically important determinant of health, few studies have investigated the relationships between poverty and health in 2SLGBTQA+ populations, or the possible social and structural relationships that sustain these inequities. In this research project we explored the factors that act as barriers and facilitators in accessing social assistance for 2SLGBTQA+ community members through an online survey, interviews and focus groups. We hope to use the findings of this study to advocate for changes to the social assistance system in Ontario to better meet the needs of 2SLGBTQA+ people.

Team Members:

  • Lori Ross, PhD [She/Her],
    Principal Investigator
    Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Jenna Reid, PhD [She/Her],
    Research Coordinator
  • Faelix Kayn [They/Them],
    Research Assistant
  • Dejano Duncan [He/Him],
    Research Assistant


  • Andrea Daley, University of Waterloo
  • Hannah Kia, University of British Columbia
  • David Kinitz, University of Toronto
  • Nick Mulé, York University
  • Margaret Robinson, Dalhousie University
  • Randi Sears, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
  • Dwayne Shaw, Queer Ontario
  • Mostafa Shokoohi, University of Toronto
  • Tom Warner, Senior Pride Network


University of Toronto Connaught Fund - Community Partnership Research Program


Project Outcomes:

  • Read our community report
  • Check out this zine that summarizes our findings in a quick and accessible way
  • Read this journal article that summarizes our findings for an academic audience