The idea of “coming” out or “being” out is not always a decision that queer people are allowed to make for ourselves. More often than not, this concept is at least partially constructed by how our society categorizes and polices gender expression. Creative, queer, and/or non-binary gender expression is still unexpected in most Ontario schools: a reality that is at best unwelcoming, and at times unsafe. In this video, educator, author and parent Karleen discusses some of what it means for her to be read-as-queer when dropping her kids off at school (benjamin lee hicks).
Two years ago, in 2016, we interviewed a mother named Dawn about her family’s experiences of LGBTQ families in Ontario schools. Dawn has two daughters.
Her older daughter was 10 during our interview, and identifies as cisgender: a person whose gender identity and expression matches the social expectations for the physical/biological sex they were assigned at birth
Dawn’s younger daughter was 8, and identifies as a transgender girl: a person whose sense of their gender identity is different from the biological sex that they were assigned at birth.
Dawn’s younger daughter’s transition at school was difficult. Here’s what Dawn said when we asked her what teachers can do to help students transition at school (Tara Goldstein).
Since we began this study 4 years ago we have compiled a collection of over 300 videos! There are multiple ways to access all these great stories on our website. This year, to help you find some of the hidden gems, we are going to be featuring a new video each week. Today Brenda & Nim share a story of joint activism. Nim engages a grassroots approach to safe washrooms in the school while Brenda simultaneously approaches the school board (Pam Baer).