Out in Schools engages youth
through film in the promotion of safer and more diverse learning
environments, free from homophobia, transphobia and bullying.
Homophobia, transphobia and bullying are serious issues facing today's
youth, particularly queer youth. By bringing queer films to local high
schools to facilitate discussion with youth on bullying, homophobia and
stereotypes, we give youth a safer space to explore these issues. We aim
to increase understanding through education to combat the issues
threatening the safety of our classrooms for all students.
innovative education program brings independent queer film into BC
schools and communities to initiate discussions with students about
safety, homophobia and bullying. Launched in 2004, Out in Schools has
been garnering critical acclaim across the province ever since!
Out in Schools works with school boards, educators, community
organizations and student-run Gay Straight Alliances to reduce isolation
and increase the safety of learning environments for all youth in our
communities. The future of Out in Schools is shaped by the feedback we
receive from students which has been overwhelmingly supportive for both
the films and the facilitation discussion afterwards. From the early
days of working with GSAs we have grown to incorporate presentations to
entire Planning 10 classes and auditorium presentations. We feel our
success is largely due to providing students with positive Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) role models and our commitment to
If you are interested in having a screening at your
school please contact Jen Sung, Out in Schools Program Coordinator, via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are meeting again Monday Night at 6pm! Hope to see you all there!
Gen Out Meeting time: Monday 6PM-8PM
Please feel free to call me (604-708-2632) to leave a Voice-mail and I
would be more than happy to contact you and give you more information
(details and location)!
Vancouver School Board is developing a policy on how to work with
transgender students — dealing with things such as use of washrooms,
sex-segregated activities — with a vote planned May 20.
The draft policy outlined by associate superintendent Maureen
Ciarniello aims to prevent bullying, ensure homophobic and trans-phobic
complaints are dealt with, to protect those to identify themselves as
LGBTQ, and to eliminate any barriers for the demographic.
Among the recommendations are that each elementary and secondary
school have at least one person to be a contact for LGBTQ students,
staff and their families.
All high schools should also have their own queer alliance clubs.
"Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am
participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement bringing
attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence,
which is caused by anti-LGBT bullying, name-calling and harassment.
I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward building
awareness and making a commitment to address these injustices. Think
about the voices you are not hearing today."
To learn more, visit: http://www.dayofsilence.org
City council passed a motion to amend Vancouver’s building codes Sept
25, making it the first municipality in Canada to clearly include
provision for gender-neutral washrooms in public buildings, according to
“It’s fantastic news, I think for everybody in Vancouver, for city
council to take this leadership step toward building broader inclusion
within building-code bylaw,” says Drew Dennis, who sits on the city’s
LGBTQ advisory committee.
Trans and gender-variant people whose gender expression may not align
with their biological sex are often harassed or accused of being in the
wrong washroom, Dennis explains.
The amendment will give people more flexibility in “single-stalled
washrooms that don’t have to be specified by gender,” says Dennis, who
identifies as trans.
“It recognizes that there is a broad range of users that might
benefit from this flexibility — of course trans and gender-variant
folks, but as well, parents of children of the opposite sex, caregivers
who have clients that are the opposite sex and so on,” Dennis says.
“There’s myself and many others — a whole spectrum of people — who
are harassed based on the choice of the washroom that they choose to
use. Allowing more flexibility, and allowing for different types of
washrooms and different destinations, is a great step forward in
eliminating some of that,” Dennis says.
Gay city councillor Tim Stevenson enthusiastically supported the
amendment and called the bylaw changes “historic” and “a very, very
significant step for the city.”
“I’m very happy to support this. The amount of work that has gone into this is fantastic,” he told city council.
“We really do have a city that’s far ahead and this takes us another
big step,” he added. “This is a really significant first in Canada. I
think that there will be many other cities that will follow suit.”
Vancouver’s chief building official, Will Johnson, worked with both
the LGBTQ and women’s advisory committees to draft the amendment.
If gender-neutral washrooms are installed, there are features that
are needed to ensure that privacy and security concerns are addressed,
Johnson noted in his report.
“One of the things we’ve heard a lot about is that when you have a
gender-neutral washroom, there may be concerns if something went wrong
in that washroom, when someone was crying for help,” Johnson said. “It’s
either you provide no door into the washroom, or you provide a grill
above the door that actually will allow any cries for help to be heard
outside the washroom.”
Johnson says the code also includes specific requirements for
washroom locking devices so it’s clear when washrooms are occupied.
We are meeting tonight at 6pm! Hope to see you all there!
Gen Out Meeting time: Monday 6PM-8PM
Please feel free to call me (604-708-2632) to leave a Voice-mail and I would be more than happy to contact you and give you more information (details and location)!