Addressing homophobia in schools

News 18 January, 2018
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    Where is the fight against homophobia and transphobia in schools? An important meeting is taking place Thursday and Friday in Montreal for the fight against homophobia and transphobia.

    Despite some progress, there are still too many cases of bullying in schools in Québec, at the place of young gay and transgender people.

    A survey of the Fondation Jasmin Roy indicates that approximately 45 % of the respondents of the LGBT community felt that the company little or no open about sexual diversity and gender. This is the great theme of the symposium, which takes place at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal.

    In this room, teachers, staff, school boards, and agencies together to address this issue.

    To help school educators, the national Table against homophobia and transphobia has just implemented a guide, a tool to help the opening and the support to trans youth and youth non-binary.

    “It is really the principles that are going to be able to be adapted and it will make the situation much more clear in the schools that raise questions, explained Annie Pullen-Sansfaçon, a professor and co-founder of the Children transgender Canada. There are schools that will try to meet the needs when the young person is going to show up, but often it’s going to be in emergency and they will make errors that will have an impact on the young person and his journey.”

    With this tool, written in collaboration with the departments of Education and Justice, we hope to reduce the incidence of bullying and exclusion in schools.

    Already, a committee is looking at a second guide which should see the light of day this autumn, where it will be question of the integration of young trans in link with the sports activities.