gender identity, curriculum, absence, other, Catholic School, female identified, activism, Bill C-16
Melissa: The issue at school is, though, that it’s that it’s not talked about.
Melissa: Gender identity is not talked about. Catholic school boards are still using ‘made in the image of God, male and female only’, you know. And so she sits there through all of that. If there’s questions about who she is and what she is, it’s just shut down and hushed right?
Warner: Well, this reminds me of a time. So like, my—so there’s this—I have a friend that I wanted to make my best friend, so we just talk sometimes. And one day she told me since I’m not in her class, she told me that like—so they were doing a test of some sort and, like, on it is said male, female and other. And someone asked the teacher why is there an ‘other’. And then she told me that the teacher said, um, for people like me.
Melissa: Which upset her.
Tara: I was just going to say, was that upsetting?
Melissa: Because that was in a classroom that she wasn’t in when they said that.
Warner: I know there are people that identify as, like, both and all that. It was just upsetting to me because I identify as female, not an ‘Other’.
Melissa: So we’re not great at school.
Melissa: But the day to day—she just wants to be a kid.
Melissa: And we just want her to be a kid and happy and healthy and that’s it. So we took up activism as a whole in our country.
Melissa: So we testified during Bill C-16. Um, and we go around doing training.