OTTAWA, May 17 /CNW/ - On International Day against Homophobia, the
Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) invites teachers to use
age-appropriate ways to generate discussions with their students and to
heighten a better understanding of sexual and gender minorities.
The Federation believes the role of educators is critical in creating
safe, welcoming, equitable, and inclusive working and learning
environments for all - especially those students, teachers, and
families who identify or are perceived as lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer or questioning their
sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
"As teachers, we can no longer ignore or deny homophobic, transphobic,
and heterosexist prejudice and hatred in addressing discrimination in
Canadian education," explains CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly. "An
inclusive society is one in which the dignity, worth and integrity of
all Canadians are recognized, respected and honored, regardless of
their sexual orientation and gender identity."
Findings contained in the Egale Canada May 2011 study Every Class in
Every School: the first national climate survey on homophobia,
biphobia, and transphobia in Canadian schools, reveal that much more
needs to be accomplished collectively to counter homophobic and
heterosexist prejudice and hatred in Canadian education. This effort
needs to include all partners in the education community including
Teachers wishing to use the day as a teachable moment can consult the
links and resources available on the CTF Web site at www.ctf-fce.ca which include:
Challenging Silence, Challenging Censorship (2007);
Seeing the Rainbow (2002) produced in cooperation with the Elementary
Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO);
Lessons Learned: A Collection of Stories and Articles About Bisexual,
Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Issues (2005);
The Gay-Straight Student Alliance Handbook (2006);
And slated to be released later in 2011, Supporting transgender and
transsexual students in K-12 schools: A guide for educators.
The Canadian Teachers' Federation speaks for nearly 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on
education and related social issues. CTF is also a member of the
international body of teachers, Education International.
SOURCE Canadian Teachers' Federation
For further information:
Spokesperson: Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President
Media contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 or 613-899-4247 (cell)