Queer(ies): Conversations about LGBTQ+ Youth Experiences in the Workplace

Nov 9, 2022 | #WelcomingSpaces, #YouthEngagement, #YouthVoice

by May Lawless |

This podcast series focuses on the experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ youth in the Nova Scotian workforce. It is conducted through conversations hosted by me (May Lawless) with 2SLGBTQ+ youth employees as well as employers and business owners in Nova Scotia. 

I began working with the CEI as the Youth Research and Engagement Intern in May 2022, and developed this podcast as a self-directed project during my summer internship. I’m excited to be continuing my work in this position for awhile yet, and look forward to adding more episodes to this podcast series! New episodes will be added below as they happen. 

Episode One: Two Youths’ Stories of Supportive Workplaces 

In this episode, host May Lawless chats with Rebecca Conrod and Audrey Gunn about their experiences as 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Nova Scotian workplaces as well as their ideas for improving 2SLGBTQ+ inclusivity in the workplace.  

Episode Two: Reclaiming Transgender History through Museum Archives 

In this episode, host May Lawless chats with Amelia Smith about her accomplishments and experiences in queer museology as a museum professional. They also discuss how Amelia advocates for transgender history through her personal project, www.notyouraveragecistory.com. 

Episode Three: Everything from Real Estate to Drag Shows 

In this episode, host May Lawless chats with Jake Chisholm, a real estate agent and drag queen from New Glasgow, about their experiences in the workforce, the intersections of rurality and queerness, and creating safe spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.  

May Lawless

May Lawless

CEI Youth Research and Engagement Intern


May Lawless began working with the CEI in summer 2022 as the Youth Research and Engagement Intern, assisting in the development of the Youth Engagement Framework and leading their own project designing a podcast surrounding 2SLGBTQIA+ youth experiences in the workforce. May is entering their fourth year at StFX, studying a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. They were born in Amherst and grew up in Malagash, Nova Scotia, where they graduated from Pugwash District High School before moving to Antigonish to continue their education.