Egale’s report, Still in Every Class in Every School (Egale, 2021), reveals that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia remain rampant in Canadian schools. The study confirms that school conditions are particularly troubling for trans sand nonbinary students. These students are also most likely to report experiencing almost all forms of victimization, including verbal, physical, and sexual harassment.
59% of trans respondents have been targets of mean rumours or lies, and 79% of trans students who have been the victims of physical harassment reported that teachers and staff were ineffective in addressing transphobic harassment.
Are you struggling to know how to intervene in transphobic violence and looking for ways to develop knowledge and skills?
Do you want to know why cultivating trans joy and building affirming spaces are important part of fighting transphobia?
Are you looking to share resources and knowledge with other educators and school-based staff to support trans and nonbinary youth?
Draw the Line Against Transphobic Violence (DTL-ATV)
Draw the Line Against Transphobic Violence (DTL-ATV) is an innovative two-part program that equips participants to recognize and intervene in the harmful dynamics that perpetuate transphobia, and to build skills for fostering cultures of consent, gender inclusion, and healthier relationships overall.
This program is designed for educators, administrators, and staff in both secondary and post-secondary schools.
DTL-ATV 101 is a free 60-minute self-paced module designed to help educators develop an introductory level understanding of trans and gender-diverse identities, experiences, and trans history in Canada. This knowledge is the foundation for the skillset you will develop in the live DTL-ATV 201 workshop.
DTL-ATV 201 is a free, 90-minute, instructor-led webinar that helps participants take action against harmful dynamics, and builds skills for fostering cultures of consent, gender inclusion, and healthier relationships overall. Discussions focus on understanding the current school climate for trans and nonbinary youth, how to identify transphobic violence, and ways to support trans joy and resilience. Participants will also have opportunities to practice skills through scenario-based learning and to share resources and experiences with fellow attendees.
Note: Prior completion of DTL-ATV 101 or equivalent is recommended before attending DTL-ATV 201.
Upcoming Live Webinars
Additional Resources & Information
For more information on the themes featured in DTL-ATV 101 and 201,
download the DTL-ATV Additional Resources list
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If DTL-ATV was a beneficial learning experience for you, consider participating in these other offerings from Egale’s roster of webinars and workshops. These can be great sessions to continue your learning related to themes introduced in DTL-ATV.
- Trans Inclusion in the Workplace
- Inclusive Schools 101
- Trans & Nonbinary Youth
DTL-ATV materials include descriptions of transphobia, misgendering, transphobic sexual harassment and discussions of physical/sexual violence as well as descriptions of transmisogynist language and imagery.
At Egale, we value consent-based and trauma-informed approaches to learning and in this workshop, we want to model the same types of approaches we encourage educators to bring into their own school environments. Education designed to help learners identify and address patterns of harm, necessarily contains detailed discussions of what constitutes that harm. For anyone who has been personally impacted by similar experiences, this type of content may, on one hand, make a person feel seen and validated, and on the other, trigger feelings of deep hurt.
We want to emphasize the importance of prioritizing taking care of yourselves and your fellow learners during these difficult conversations. Stepping away from the discussion at any point or opting out entirely are both valid forms of taking care of yourself and should be supported by educators and activity leaders. This is an example of a way that we model cultures of consent. We encourage you to connect with affirming and supportive people in your lives and whenever needed, to make use of the support resources we’ve posted at the bottom of this page.
Trans Lifeline | 1-877-330-6366 | translifeline.org
Trans lifeline is non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people staffed by trans people for trans people. Volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.
LGBT YouthLine | 1 800 268 9688 | youthline.ca
Toll-free service provided for LGBTQ youth by LGBTQ youth in Ontario. Offer support, information, and referrals specific to your concerns.
Kids Help Phone | 1 800 668 6868 | kidshelpphone.ca
Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. Every day, professional cousellors provide support to young people across the country.
Friends of Ruby | (416-359-0237 | friendsofruby.ca
Support services, housing and counselling for 2SLGBTQI Youth.
For more information on the Draw The Line project and partners, please visit their website below.