OECTA Statement on May 17th International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

TORONTO, May 16 /CNW/ - The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) calls on everyone to join us in recognizing May 17 as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. OECTA is proud to stand in solidarity with those in the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-identified (LGBT) community and their allies, in solid opposition to homophobia and transphobia.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association has long proclaimed that all are created in the image of God regardless of age, race, creed, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability. OECTA has also denounced homophobia as a threat to human life.

The reality, however, is that many LBGT students, workers and their families still experience the threat of discrimination, harassment and violence in their lives. As teachers, our vocation demands that we speak out against such threats whenever and wherever we are witness to such actions.

OECTA has a long and proud history of striving to achieve equality and justice for all members of society. Those who identify as LGBT are not excluded from this struggle.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association and its 45,000 members are committed to building Catholic school communities that are welcoming, inclusive environments in which all students feel safe and respected. OECTA will continue to support anti-homophobia education programs, groups and clubs in Catholic schools that have the elimination of homophobic and transphobic bullying as their goal.

OECTA is a teachers' association that represents 45,000 professional women and men who teach all grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.

SOURCE Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association

For further information: Michelle Despault, Director of Communications, 416-925-2493 ext 509, 418-818-7433 (cell), m.despault@oecta.on.ca

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