Thompson Rivers University

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

  Posted on: May 10, 2019

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Two TRU experts advocate and participate in research focused on raising awareness of issues around members of the LGBTQ2S+ community in a health-care setting and from a legal perspective.


Samuel Singer is an assistant professor in the faculty of law. Singer’s expertise is in tax law and policy creation. He is a longtime advocate for trans people. In 2017, he completed a comprehensive report for the Canadian Human Rights Commission on the development of trans rights in Canada. Singer founded the Trans Legal Clinic in Montreal in 2014 and served as its supervising lawyer. He is a member of the Legal Issues Committee of the Eagle Canada Human Rights Trust and is the faculty advisor for TRU Outlaws.

Kirstin McLaughlin is a registered nurse and a tenure-track lecturer in the school of nursing. McLaughlin’s expertise is in mental health and substance use, culturally safe nursing care of LGBTQ2S+ community members and understanding the unique challenges faced by queer families in Kamloops. She also sits on the board of directors for Kamloops Pride and contributes extensively in supporting TRU’s LGBTQ2S+ community.


Samuel Singer, Faculty of Law
778-471-8431 |

Kirstin McLaughlin, School of Nursing
250-377-6038 |