Travis Salway | Affirming Identities Saves Lives

Equity + Justice, 2022, Health

Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (2S/LGBTQ) and other sexual and gender diverse people in Canada continue to face numerous threats to social inclusion—and-in turn, to thriving in good health—despite improvements in 2S/LGBTQ visibility, social attitudes toward 2S/LGBTQ people, and laws that protect 2S/LGBTQ rights.

These threats include day-to-day expressions of doubt or dismissal of 2S/LGBTQ identities, as well as more organized attempts to suppress 2S/LGBTQ identities (also known as ‘conversion’ practices). Although conversion practices were banned in Canada this year, there is much work to be done to promote 2S/LGBTQ equity.

This lecture reviewed contemporary evidence regarding the social landscape, population health, and 2S/LGBTQ-affirming interventions in Canada. Attendees learned about promising public health, policy, and personal strategies to affirm 2S/LGBTQ identities, and thereby close the gap between the health of 2S/LGBTQ and cisgender-heterosexual people.

— Travis Salway

The President's Faculty Lectures

The President’s Faculty Lectures shine a light on the research excellence at Simon Fraser University. Hosted by SFU president Joy Johnson, these free public lectures celebrate cutting-edge research and faculty that engage with communities and mobilize knowledge to make real-world impacts.

In 2022, lecturers approached the themes of Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Justice from a variety of disciplines.

The 2022/2023 President's Faculty Lectures

Travis Salway, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences| Tuesday, November 22
Amanda Watson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology | Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Laurel Weldon, Distinguished Professor, Department of Political Science | Wednesday, February 15
Tiffany Muller Myrdahl, Senior Lecturer, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies | Tuesday, March 21 
Sharalyn Jordan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education | Wednesday, April 6

Travis Salway

Travis Salway (he/him) is a social epidemiologist who works to understand and improve the health of Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (2S/LGBTQ) populations. Since 2019, Travis is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and conducts research in affiliation with the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity. In 2019-2020, he testified for two standing committees of the Canadian House of Commons, to inform federal policy to promote 2S/LGBTQ health equity. This resulted in the passage of Bill C-4, making it a crime to perpetrate anti-2S/LGBTQ practices, otherwise known as ‘conversion therapy.’ Travis directs the REAFFIRM Collaborative, an interdisciplinary team committed to researching 2S/LGBTQ+ health and co-directs the Two-Spirit Dry Lab, Turtle Island’s first research group exclusively dedicated to understanding the health of Two-Spirit Indigenous people. He is the founder of, a 2S/LGBTQ-affirming mental health service finder

Tue, 22 Nov 2022

In-person and online

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre

SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.



The SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts is accessible at street level on the Hastings side or via a ramp on the Cordova Street Courtyard side (across from JJ Bean Coffee). There are 2 ramp entry points, one is located against the building, near the entrance to the Woodward’s Westbank Atrium (which houses London Drugs and Nesters) and one is located against the building, beside the alley. Both the Hastings doors and the Cordova Coutryard doors can be operated by accessibility buttons located beside the doorways.

The venue has a gender-neutral washroom. All floors within the building are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators.

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Past President's Faculty Lectures