Who We Are

We are a team of researchers out of the University of Lethbridge, dedicated to representing the voices of the LGBTQ2S+ community. Two of our researchers identify as part of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Principal Investigator

Athena Elafros (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge. She is a qualitative cultural sociologist who studies culture and inequality. Her current projects include collaborations with Dr. Christopher Churchill on the role of different forms of labour within musical and literary cultural fields; Dr. Amandine Pras, Grace Brooks, and Monica Lockett on sound engineers’ and producers’ experiences of microaggressions in the recording studio; and Tif Semach and Wednesday Culley on collecting and preserving the oral histories of GSA members and facilitators in Alberta, Canada.

Co-Investigator

Tif Semach (she/they) is a Sessional Instructor in Sociology and Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge, Community Education Coordinator for OUTreach Southern Alberta, and Affirming Ministry Coordinator for McKillop United Church. She received her BA in Sociology (’12) and MA in Sociology (’14) at the U of L. She is currently a Ph.D student in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Lethbridge. 

Co-Investigator

Wednesday Culley (he/him) is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Lethbridge. His history with his own high school GSA is where the passion for GSA’s began. His passions align deeply with community engagement and fostering safe and inclusive spaces. 


The University of Lethbridge is located on the lands of the Siksikaitsitapii people past, present, and future. We stand in solidarity with the Indigenous community and are held accountable to representing their voices, especially those of the Two-Spirit community represented in this project.