Nicholas Miniaci – Lambda Award Winner, U of Guelph 2013

 Nicholas Miniaci is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph, Bachelor of Arts Honours  History and German. Nicholas is interested in the interplay between states and dominant cultures  with ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities, and his current research aims to locate Middle East  Studies within a global context of Queer Theory. One of his recent papers examined the  controversy over the group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid in relation to Toronto Pride.  Nicholas has also been involved in the Queer community through volunteer work, namely as a  co-coordinator of an LGBTQ-focused group at a health awareness and resource centre at the  University of Guelph for five semesters. Nicholas hopes to return to Germany to pursue further  research and a Master’s Degree.


Riley McGuire – WInner of the Les McAfee Memorial Award, U of Manitoba 2013

Riley McGuire is a first year MA candidate in the Department of English, Film. He works as a  research assistant at the Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies and as a student intern at Mosaic, a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature.

“My research investigates the intersection between literary studies, queer theory, andrepresentation politics, particularly in the related contexts of speculative fiction and popular  culture.”  His examples include The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Ursula K.  LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness and the Harry Potter series, and the ways they reflect  political and cultural acceptance or rejection of real-life “queer” subjects over historical time.  “My project aims to interrogate how increased visibility for marginalized identities and  communities does not necessarily, or even primarily, translate into social equality. With a  central focus on LGBTTQ subjectivities, I aim to trace an evolution of representation to illuminate how  various mediums of cultural output respond to or predate certain social  changes.”


Marie-Ève Martin – Bourse Lambda, l’Université de Montréal

La récipiendaire de la bourse Lambda (2012) à l’Université de Montréal est  Marie-Ève Martin,  étudiante dans le programme de Maitrise en Sociologie. La problématique de son projet de r  echerche est la suivante :

« Dans quelle mesure les représentations cinématographiques d’homosexuelles de la diaspora  asiatique mises en scène dans les longs métrages de certaines cinéastes homosexuelles issue de  cette diaspora ethnique et/ou raciale spécifique reproduisent et subvertissent-elles certains  discours transnationaux sur l’homosexualité (dont les discours homo-nationalistes et d’« identité  gaie globale » d’émergence récente) ? »

Marie-Ève est aussi la Assistante de recherche pour l’Étude canadienne longitudinale sur le vieillissement (ÉCLV),  | Institut de recherche du Centre universitaire de santé McGill.

Marie-Ève Martin is an MA student in Sociology. Her research explores the gay cinema of Asian diasporas, that is, areas of the world where people of Asian heritage have settled outside of their original homelands. She is examining to what extent LGBTI global politics and identities have influenced the feature films produced by gay filmmakers in these communities.

Marie-Ève is also Research Assistant for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging(CLSA) at McGill University


Meet the First Gary Gibson Award Winner at St. Paul’s Hospital/UBC

Dr. Christina Romulus has been selected to receive the Gary Gibson Award in recognition of her research and contribution in support of LGBT-related health issues

Dr Christina Romulus is a family physician working in downtown Vancouver and a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia. She is a recent Family Medicine residency graduate from the St. Paul’s program at UBC. She completed medical school at the University of Laval in Quebec City and previously completed herphysiotherapy degree at the University of Ottawa.

During residency, Dr Romulus devoted her research time to LGBT health,  focusing mainly on domestic violence within this population.

She also had the opportunity to present her work at the North American Primary Care Research Group last November in Banff, Alberta.

She has contributed greatly to increasing the awareness of domestic violence in same-sex relationships in the medical community in British Columbia and still plays an active role in leading the way in innovative health services directed towards the LGTB population.