Since we began this study 5 years ago we have compiled a collection of over 300 videos! There are multiple ways to access the stories families tell about their experiences at school. To help you find some compelling interview excerpts, we are, once again, start featuring a new video each week. Today, we are featuring a video of Ian, Ben and Alexis talking about heteronormalcy in kindergarten (Tara Goldstein).
With the new school year underway and classes starting next week for many univeristies the LGBTQ Families Speak Out research team wanted to share some helpful resources for supporting students both in and out of the classroom.
We've heard from educators in our classes that sometimes there isn't enough support in the school system to provide the support LGBTQ students and families need. That's why community organizations are a great resource. They can provide free and/or accessible services either online or in person for youth and families. There's also a lot of information online including books and videos that can be educational for new teachers as they begin their advocacy for queer and trans students.
We're always updating this list, with new workshops, programs and books that become available in our community. Let us know if there's something we're missing, and please share with your networks! You can find our list of resources under the RESOURCES tab on the website or by clicking here
The LGBTQ Families Speak Out research team would like to welcome everyone back to school! We hope you have an amazing and inspiring year, full of learning and personal growth. We have many resources for students, families and educators that can be found in the resources tab as well as the growing collection of videos and podcasts available on the website. These are great starting points to create LGBTQ inclusive classrooms and spaces as we start a new, exciting year.
We are delighted to share the news that two Members from the LGBTQ Families Speak Out team are now members of the Executive Committee of QSEC -QUEER STUDIES IN EDUCATION AND CULTURE (www.qsec.ca). Tara Goldstein is Co-President of QSEC with Lee Airton from Queen’s University and Kate Reid is one of the Grad Student Representatives. QSEC’s mandate is to bring together scholars of gender and sexuality within the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) (https://csse-scee.ca) which meets once a year at the annual Congress Conference. The 2020 CSSE conference will take place from May 30-June 4, 2020 at Western University in London, Ontario.
For its program at CSSE QSEC encourages submissions from the wide-ranging topics presently constituting queer research and practice in education and culture from cross-cultural, historical, political, policy, comparative, and other perspectives. Proposals need be submitted to through the CSSE website by October 1, 2019
Teaching Gender and Sexuality at School: Letters to Teachers is now available for purchase at Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto! We’re so excited to get it on bookshelves just in time for Back to School.
We wanted the book to be more accessible to communities of parents, teachers and youth in the Toronto area and we are actively working on getting more books available in other stores.
It can be used as a great resource for teaching and initiating conversations between parents, colleagues, friends and schools. If you happen to purchase and read the book, please share your pictures and thoughts on social media using the tag #LetterstoTeachers and let us know which letter resonated with you. You can also purchase a copy online at Routledge and Amazon
Our team really enjoyed reading artist Syrus Marcus Ware's essay on art and activism in Now Magazine. Ware writes, "Our
artistic practice and activism cannot
be separate anymore. We must use
every form of communication as an agent
of change. This doesn’t necessarily imply aggression – sometimes we can seduce."
Ware has two theatre pieces playing
at SummerWorks this month:
The Theatre Centre
(1115 Queen West)
Saturday August 17, noon.
BURN, BURNED @
King Rustic and Bar
905 King West
August 14, 9 pm.
Team member benjamin lee hicks has created a beautiful new website featuring a collection of their visual art, stories and research. benjamin has also launched their art shop, where you can now purchase their book "a love story" and other exciting creations! https://www.benjaminleehicks.com
Out at School and our research project was recently profiled in the University of Toronto student newspaper The Varsity. Check it out! Link: https://thevarsity.ca/2019/06/30/what-it-means-to-be-out-at-school/
While June and Pride month have come to an end, our work is just beginning. And that work must include our allies. Allyship can mean many things, but it is always active and present. It’s important to be a vocal ally every month of the year, and a great first step is to practice listening; listening to the diverse communities of people, families and youth and their needs, and respecting them. Here's the link to the quote below, from one of our interviews with Dawn from our research project and most recently from Out at School. Have a listen to how she talks about trans allyship: https://bit.ly/2xhm942