TORONTO, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario English Catholic Teachers'
Association (OECTA) is proud to recognize May 17 as the International
Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and reaffirms its commitment to
providing safe, inclusive and respectful environments for all students
to learn and grow.
Nearly one year after the passage of Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, Catholic teachers continue to support anti-homophobia education
programs and groups in Catholic schools that have the goal of
eliminating homophobic and transphobic bullying - both in schools and
"OECTA has been a leading voice in our Catholic community promoting
schools that are welcoming for our LGBTQ students," said Kevin O'Dwyer,
OECTA President. "Great progress has been made and now is not the time
to take a step backwards. We must continue to be vigilant in our
efforts to ensure our schools are physically and emotionally safe for
This year, OECTA provided workshops to hundreds of teachers across the
province about the issues that marginalized and lesbian, gay,
bi-sexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) students face in the
classroom and online. Participants shared ideas and returned to their
classrooms with concrete examples of what they can do immediately to
become, as one teacher explained, "an agent of change to make change
"As Catholic teachers we have a special duty of care that calls on us to
nurture, accept, and respect every student," said Kevin O'Dwyer, OECTA
president. "I am proud of the work that OECTA's teachers do everyday to
apply our belief that every student is created equal."
OECTA represents the 45,000 professional women and men who teach all
grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
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