Nowhere To Go: A Brokered Dialogue
This study employs the Brokered Dialogue method, which is a participatory, qualitative method that uses film to help promote respectful dialogue amongst individuals who have different perspectives on an issue and who would not normally speak to one another. The Brokered Dialogue method consists of a series of interviews in which each participant has the opportunity to engage in dialogue with other participants, to pose questions of them, and to react to their contributions, through the use of film. In this study, Brokered Dialogue is used to document the experiences and perspectives of a group of key informants with regards to LGBTQ2S youth homelessness and mental health and access to mental health services, and to help facilitate meaningful exchange on this issue.
This Digital Storytelling film was part of Alex’s doctoral research. “Teal’s Story” shares one young person’s story and their experience navigating transphobia in Toronto’s shelter system.
Out On The Street
Short Video Documentary
Directors: Amy Siegel & Alex Abramovich
Double A Productions
Distributed by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. This short film uses interviews, found footage, animation and podcasts to explore LGBTQ2S youth homelessness in Toronto and the lack of support available. Several people’s lived experiences are shared.
LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness Strategy for the Government of Alberta
A Focused Response to Prevent and End LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness –
Prepared for Government of Alberta
Fostering an Inclusive Shelter Environment for LGBTQ2S Youth
The training curriculum was developed by Dr. Abramovich and The 519, who worked in collaboration with the Toronto Hostels Training Centre and A Way Home, a national coalition dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Canada. The initiative was supported by the TD Bank and the City of Toronto.
In addition to developing the mandatory training curriculum for shelter staff, the team created 11 informational graphics on topics such as LGBTQ youth homelessness statistics, suicide, family conflict and barriers to employment. The infographics are available to the public to share and raise awareness.
LGBTQ2S youth homelessness training for shelter staff: