This past week, we celebrate Asexual Awareness Week which aims at recognizing the diverse lives and experiences across the asexual spectrum. Ace Week provides an opportunity to recognize the significant strides the community has made in becoming more visible in not only mainstream media, but also within the LGBTQ community. For more educational resources along with events in the community, check out the links below:
Today is International Day of Pronouns, an annual celebration that aims to make sharing, respecting, and educating personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by pronouns of their choosing is basic to human dignity.
In this blog, we feature the story of Dan who identifies as non-binary. In this video, Dan and their mother, Chantale, explains their experiences navigating the complexities of pronoun use in the French schooling system.
For more stories related to pronoun use, please refer to the following link:
Many of the stories the LGBTQ Families Speak Out team have collected over the years feature families and youth speaking about the challenges and celebrations of coming out. In recognition of #ComingOutDay we are profiling Kiran, who speaks about the nuances of coming out as a person of colour in their community.
Kiran speaks in depth about their realization that they do not have to come out right away and that they do not owe an explanation of their identity to anyone. Kiran talks about how “coming out” has to be safe and feel right for an individual, rather than forcing yourself to explain before you are ready.
When we talk about coming out, we must recognize that it is a deeply personal choice and not one everyone makes. That decision may change throughout a person's life, but their decision must be respected. People may choose to disclose their identities for many reasons if they felt safe and supported, but it’s important for educators to understand that often youth, especially youth of colour, transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary people do not feel this way. What educators can do is provide a safe, welcoming and supportive community for all youth to celebrate themselves without assumptions or judgements, regardless of where they are in their journey of self-recognition.
You can watch more stories featuring LGBTQ Families speaking about coming out here: www.lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca/videos/category/coming-out
The first episode of Gender. Sexuality. School Season 2 is now live. Tara spoke with j wallace about the work that j does with the student group Queer/Trans @ OISE. Both j and LGBTQ Families Speak Out team member Yasmin Owis facilitate the student group, which runs biweekly during the lunch hour as well as one evening even per month.
Queer/Trans @ OISE is a space for Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Assexual, Non-binary students at OISE. It is a space for everyone outside of heterosexuality and/or cissexuality. The goal of the group is to create a space that centres the needs of queer and trans students at OISE. Students who are cis or het are welcome to events and meetings, but are reminded that the group is focused on creating a cultural space that is queer and trans focused.
In the podcast, j spoke about what the group has planned for the year and how to implement the updated 2019 Health and Physical Education curriculum in classrooms. You can find the podcast by clicking the PODCAST tab, or by clicking here