LGBTQ+ students need a learning environment where their unique experiences are reflected and where they can receive proper education to keep them safe and healthy. The erasure of the community is most clear in our sex education curriculum. Despite queer and trans people being re-included in the Health curriculum in Ontario, there is a lot more that our curriculum needs to strive for.
Discussions of LGBTQ+ issues in sex education is the focus of Yasmin Owis’ most recent research paper, "Educate, Not Titillate". Yasmin is a PhD student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) and a member of our LGBTQ Families Speak Out Project. In their research paper, Yasmin speaks to the importance of queering sex education by including discussions of intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ communities as well as opportunities for youth to co-create their learning experience in sex education.
Yasmin is featured in our Gender. Sexuality. School podcast, where she talks about her research on ways to queer sex education to represent the lives of LGBTQ+ students. To learn more about queering sex education, refer to the following links:
Research paper: https://mtrj.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/mtrj/article/view/32374/25762
Stay tuned for our next blog where we will be featuring resources for educators to queer their sex education programming!