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Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

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Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
Academic affiliationUniversity of Toronto
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada

The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity (SDS) at the University of Toronto is an undergraduate program and a collaborative graduate program (M.A. and Ph.D.) with a specialized focus in Queer Studies. The program hosts academic and community events and promotes research into sexuality.


The Centre is housed at University College at the University of Toronto at the St. George Campus. The undergraduate program in Sexual Diversity Studies was first established in 1998, and now includes a Specialist, Major, and Minor program. SDS also has its own interdisciplinary courses at the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-year levels.

SDS further hosts an interdisciplinary collaborative graduate program at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels partnering with over 30 different programs across the University of Toronto.

SDS was the official organizer of the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014, a gathering of activists, artists, educators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others engaged in LGBTTIQQ2SA* human rights around the world.

SDS partnered with the Canadian Olympic Committee in presenting the LGBTQ Participation in Sports Symposium 2015, a gathering of athletes, sports management, business, government officials, and academics to discuss the current and future state of diversity in the global sporting world.

Steering committee[edit]

The SDS steering committee has approximately 30 members from various departments and faculties across the university. Their role is to guide the direction of The Sexual Diversity Program. Some members include David Rayside, Brenda Cossman, Mariana Valverde and Mari Ruti.

Bonham Centre Awards[edit]

The Bonham Centre Award (formerly the Citizenship Award) was established by the Bonham Centre in 2007 to recognize an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the advancement of issues surrounding sexual education. Past award recipients have included:

  • 2007 – filmmaker John Greyson, lawyer barbara findlay,[lower-alpha 1] Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
  • 2010 – sex educator, public speaker, and media personality Sue Johanson, CM[1]
  • 2011 – television producer Linda Schuyler, Oscar-winning screenwriter and LGBTQ activist Dustin Lance Black[2]
  • 2013 – journalist, media pundit, and activist Dan Savage; renowned HIV/AIDS activist, politician, and diplomat Stephen Lewis; and the Gay Straight Alliance group Bent-on-Change at Harbor Collegiate Institute, Toronto[3]
  • 2014 – authors Edmund White, Patricia Nell Warren, and Shyam Selvadurai; IBM Youth Award honouree and First Nations playwright Waawaate Fobister[4]
  • 2015 – athletes Greg Louganis (Olympic Gold medalist), Marnie McBean (Olympic Gold medalist), and Mark Tewksbury (Olympic Gold medalist)[5]
  • 2016 – business women Colonel Jennifer Pritzker (Tawani Foundation), Heather Conway (Executive Vice President, English Language Services – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), and Selisse Berry (Founder, Out & Equal)[6]
  • 2017 – Two Spirit Indigenous community leaders Kent Monkman (artist), Candy Palmater (comedian and broadcaster), Lee Maracle (poet and author), and Teddy Syrette (youth activist)[7]
  • 2018 – LGBTQ Refugee Advocates Vitit Muntarbhorn (Diplomatic and Legal Advocate), Ahmad Danny Ramadan (refugee, writer, activist), Rainbow Railroad (LGBTQ refugeee organization), and Karlene Williams-Clarke (refugee advocate) [8]


  1. findlay spells her name without capitals.


  1. University of Toronto (9 September 2010). "Sexual diversity centre at U of T to give citizenship award to renowned Oxygen network sex educator Sue Johanson". media.utoronto.ca. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  2. University of Toronto (14 September 2011). "U of T to give awards for sexual diversity promotion". media.utoronto.ca. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  3. University of Toronto (24 April 2013). "Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies Announces 2013 Award Recipients Stephen Lewis, Dan Savage, and Bent on Change". media.utoronto.ca. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  4. PennantMediaGroup. "The 2014 Bonham Centre Awards Gala Celebrates Ppower Of The Word On April 24, 2014 Honouring Authors And Writers Who Have Contributed To The Public Understanding Of Sexual Diversity In Canada".
  5. "2015-04-13". Campaign-Archive2.com. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  6. "SDS Bonham Centre Awards Gala 2016". UToronto.ca. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  7. "Decolonizing sexuality: U of T recognizes Indigenous educators and advocates for sexual diversity". University of Toronto News. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  8. "Bonham Centre Awards Gala 2018".

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