Gender and Sexual Diversity

This month we celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and transgender people while promoting unity, inclusion, and awareness of gender and sexual diversity.

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Local Champion: Lori Ward

Lori is the Director of PFLAG London which supports, educates and provides resources to parents whose children have come out and told them they are homosexual, bisexual or transgender.


 

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PFLAG Canada is there when it seems no one else is.

Every day, PFLAG Canada volunteers are contacted by frightened adolescents and by angry, fearful or ashamed parents. PFLAG Canada supports, educates and provides resources to anyone with questions or concerns. Just call us at 1‑888‑530‑6777.

The Numbers Say it All

LGBTQ2S Homeless Youth in Canada Every Year

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Trans Students Reported Sexual Harassment

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LGB Youth Have Attempted Suicide Compared to 7% of Youth in General

LGBDTQ Students Report Being Physically Harassed or Assaulted

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Egale Canadian Human Rights Trust

Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.
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Tips on Creating LGBTQ Safer Spaces in Sports

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Be mindful of your own attitudes and beliefs.

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Ensure that students have the right to participate in gender segregated sports and gym class activities in accordance with their gender identity, or work to have sports teams be gender neutral.

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Describe acceptable behaviours, clarify disrespectful behaviours, and highlight behaviours that demonstrate an inclusive environment of openness and respect.

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Ensure the team locker room is a safe place, free of unwanted sexual attention, taunting or teasing. Use language and images inclusive of diverse families, friendships, and sexual and gender identities; for example, extend invitations to include boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands, wives and partners or significant others.h. Be aware that other countries have strict laws about being LGBTQ. Take the time to know whether a country or city is safe for all team members.

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Accommodate locker room accessibility, which may include use of a private area (washroom, or Phys. Ed. Instructor’s office), or a separate changing schedule (just before or after the other students have changed).

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Act quickly to address LGBTphobic language, jokes and actions that ridicule or put down LGBTQ people, women or any minority groups.

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Never ask someone about their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Educate staff, team members and volunteers on their responsibilities for being respectful and non-discriminatory to all, regardless of their own personal beliefs.

Jennifer’s Story

Jennifer is the mom of a transidentified young man. She always knew her child was different, but she didn’t always feel like she was giving the right support. She’s still learning, but she’s happy to have a relationship with her son.

Mandi Fields

Co-Chair

CTV London – Community Investments
Email: mandi.fields@bellmedia.ca
Phone: 519-691-2883 x 383

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