Quick Responses for Talking LGBTQ-Inclusion with Parents and Community Members
Nearly half (43%) of trans students and one-third (32%) of lesbian, gay and bisexual students reported that staff never intervened in discriminatory comments.
Education is the key to change. – Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, 2011
“This goes against our rights to teach our children our own set of family values.”
- As teachers, we do not condone children being removed from our classes when we teach about Aboriginal people, people of colour, people with disabilities, or gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
- You can teach your child your own values at home. Public schools teach everyone about respecting diversity and valuing everyone.
- Teachers and principals have a legal obligation to provide for the safety and inclusion of all students in our school.
(Note: Don’t enter into debates about meanings or merits of scriptural texts.)
It’s recruitment or teaching about sex!”
- No one suddenly chooses to become lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans because they heard about the topic in school.
- Anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia education at the elementary level does not include discussion about sex or sexual practices.
- Secondary students need accurate information about relationships and safe sex. Lack of information can have significant consequences for youth.
“My child is too young for this topic!”
- Children are already learning homophobic and transphobic slurs starting in primary years. My job is to make school safe and oppose all name calling.
- All families deserve to be represented in the curriculum. The mandatory provincial curriculum includes diverse family structures.
- It is our job as educators to teach accurate, up-to-date information to every child, including yours.