future teachers, activism, advocacy, health and physical education curriculum, LGBTQ families, acceptance, poly families, institutions
Jess: I’m really excited for your project.
Tara: Thank you!
Jess: And I really hope that it has um, a really big impact for the future teachers. Um, because they’re getting a group of kids who are growing up in this kind of weird society where you know, there’s lots of identities around, there’s lots of family makeups, community makeups, so they’re really going to have to navigate themselves around what society has presented them and what community they’re in at that point.
Evan: Yah. I mean it’s especially important work, because I think sometimes in Toronto we think that, you know, we’re so accepting and everything’s great and um you look at the protests and stuff that happened around the sex ed curriculum change and I mean it just sort of drives home that really, we still have to fight for our families to be recognized and legitimized and I think like Jess said, the kids that are sort of coming into the school system now are growing up in such a different culture than, you know, someone our ages did in terms of queer acceptance. I mean, in our friend group, I’d say eighty percent of our friends are poly, right? And lots of them have kids and are raising kids together and so I mean it’s just –it’s so different than what it was but the institutions that I think our families have to interact with I mean are still, I mean it’s going to take a long time to catch up.