Over 10 years ago Egale Canada released Every Class in Every School (Taylor & Peter, 2011), the first report of its kind to reveal just how prevalent discrimination was for 2SLGBTQ students in Canadian secondary schools at the time. Today we are launching a new report, Still in Every Class in Every School (Peter, Campbell & Taylor, 2021), which reveals that while there have been some important improvements in the last decade, we have a long way to go in creating safer and accepting schools for 2SLGBTQ youth.
Still in Every Class in Every School is the Final Report on the Second National Climate Survey on Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Canadian Schools, and was conducted in partnership with researchers from the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. Through the second climate survey, we heard from over 4,000 students in Grades 8-12 across Canada about their experiences with homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, harassment, mental health and sense of safety, and support at school.
Every student deserves the right to learn in an environment free from violence, harassment, and bullying. These findings show that while there have been many improvements in the last decade, we all need to do more work to create safer and more accepting school environments. We encourage everyone to do their part, from government, policymakers, educators, and the broader community, to create safer and more accepting schools for all.