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The report notes that these harsh disciplinary practices contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline for LGBTQ students of color. It states that while LGBTQ students only make up 6 percent of the general population, they constitute 15 percent of the population in juvenile detention. And while only 16 percent of students enrolled in school are black, data from the Office of Civil Rights show that 31 percent of those subjected to school-related arrests were black.
Teacher Daniel Mark Ogloff suspended for slapping ‘I’m gay’ sticker on student

What an example to set for his students.

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Suspension of teaching certificate follows 10-week suspension last year

The Canadian Press Posted: Sep 24, 2014 4:34 PM PT Last Updated: Sep 25, 2014 4:54 AM PT

Witness describes teacher’s bad prank 2:02

A Langley, B.C., teacher has been suspended over a homophobic prank he played on a Grade 11 student in class last year.

Daniel Mark Ogloff is a metal fabrication and machining teacher at Aldergrove Community Secondary School.

On Sept. 24, 2013, Ogloff wrote “I’m gay” on a piece of masking tape and affixed it to the back of the male student’s jacket.

Aldergrove Community Secondary school - Sept. 24, 2014

The teacher who has been suspended is a metal fabrication and machining teacher at Aldergrove Community Secondary in Langley, B.C. (CBC)

He allowed other students to take pictures and let the boy leave class unaware of the tape on his back, describing it to officials later as “horseplay.”

Ogloff had earlier received a verbal warning from the school district over comments he made to Grade 7 students and he received another letter over comments to a Grade 12 student in class.

The school district suspended Ogloff from work without pay for 10 weeks last November for acting unprofessionally and disrespectfully. The B.C. Commissioner of Teacher Regulation has now suspended his teaching certificate for two weeks, from Sept. 22 to Oct. 5.

(via Transgender policy adopted by Vancouver School Board - British Columbia - CBC News)

"Vancouver School Board chair Patti Bacchus says the consultation process for this motion was unprecedented.

"We heard personal stories from families about how important it was for their children to be supported. We heard from youth that had not been supported in their experience and how difficult that was," said Bacchus.

"We heard research that tells us students who are transgender, who are not well supported, are at disproportionate risk of suicide, self harm and dropping out of school."

Speaking ahead of the vote, Bacchus said the policy change was a necessary step forward.

"We need to do this," says Bacchus. "There’s research that suggests when LGBT kids are supported at school, it actually lowers high-risk behaviours for all students."

Bacchus says the changes would also help combat the bias and discrimination faced by transgender students.”

Transgender policy up for vote at Vancouver School Board tonight

So property values are more important than the safety and education of children… has to be the most specious argument yet.

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Policy would allow students to choose gender identity and washroom

CBC News Posted: Jun 16, 2014 7:10 AM PT Last Updated: Jun 16, 2014 7:44 AM PT

The Vancouver School Board is voting Monday night on policy that would allow students to choose their gender identity and washroom.

The Vancouver School Board is voting Monday night on policy that would allow students to choose their gender identity and washroom.

Vancouver School Board trustees meet tonight to vote on a controversial policy that would provide supports for transgender students.

The policy update would allow students to be addressed by the name that corresponds with their own gender identity. It would also allow transgender students to use the washroom of their choice. 

Vancouver School Board chair Patti Bacchus says it’s a necessary step forward.

"We need to do this," says Bacchus. "There’s research that suggests when LGBT kids are supported at school, it actually lowers high-risk behaviours for all students."

Bacchus says the changes would also help combat the bias and discrimination faced by transgender students.       

Opponents of the policy say it is not in line with traditional values, and some even worry it might affect the value of their real estate.

Last week, the Non-Partisan Association expelled two long-serving school trustees, Ken Denike and Sophia Woo, from its caucus after the pair held a news conference calling for a delay to planned revisions to the school board’s transgender policy.

At the news conference Denike and Woo told reporters that real estate agents are concerned about the policy’s potential negative impact on the enrolment of international students, and this could lower the values of properties in the city’s West Side.

Bacchus says the two are not focused on the needs of students.

"My colleagues Ken Denike and Sophia Woo are apparently worried about property values," says Bacchus.        

Trustees are scheduled to vote on the proposed guidelines Monday night. Bacchus promises a lively debate starting at 7 p.m. PT.

Vanier Catholic graduates wear rainbow socks to ceremony

I’m surprised they were able to find than many pairs of rainbow socks in Whitehorse!

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Students show support for gay-straight alliance following last year’s controversy

CBC News Posted: Jun 02, 2014 7:23 PM CT Last Updated: Jun 04, 2014 6:50 PM CT

More than half of the graduating students at Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Whitehorse wore rainbow socks at their cap and gown ceremony this weekend to support their school's gay-straight alliance.

More than half of the graduating students at Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Whitehorse wore rainbow socks at their cap and gown ceremony this weekend to support their school’s gay-straight alliance. (courtesy of Leslie Leong)

More than half of the graduating students at Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Whitehorse wore rainbow socks at their cap and gown ceremony this weekend to support their school’s gay-straight alliance.

The Grade 12 students lived through months of controversy over the Catholic Episcopal Corporation’s policy on homosexuality. The Yukon government ordered the policy removed from the school’s website in March 2013.

Rainbow socks at Vanier school graduation

Graduating students at Vanier Catholic Secondary School enter their cap and gown ceremony wearing rainbow socks. (courtesy of Leslie Leong)

Liam Finnegan, a student at Vanier who is gay, says his friend Kate Power was the organizer of the rainbow socks at Saturday’s ceremony.

"She wanted to make a statement saying ‘We’re not a homophobic school’ because a lot of people have that perception, so it was a really cool experience to see that," he said.

"I remember my dad telling me afterwards how it was an emotional experience, because it showed my class really supporting me, my cause and just being a really open group of people."

About 45 of the 81 students wore rainbow socks.

The Catholic Episcopal Corporation’s policy described homosexuality as “intrinsically disordered” and homosexual acts as a “grave depravity.” The Yukon Department of Education told the school a new policy should offer the same rights as other publicly funded schools and conform to statutes, including human rights legislation.

The school eventually adopted a policy that enabled students to start the Vanier Gay-Straight Alliance. It has about 30 members.​

"It’s a big difference and it’s noticeable," says Finnegan. "Even though it might have just been a few words that changed in the policy, it’s given us the chance to start a wonderful  group that’s trying to make a huge difference in our school and in our community."

He says it was great to see his classmates demonstrating their support at graduation.

(via US: Gay male student crowned prom queen in Connecticut · PinkNews.co.uk)

"A gay male student at a Connecticut school has been crowned prom queen.

Danbury High School student Nasir Fleming does not identify as transgender, but says he ran for prom queen to “show the world” that anything is possible.”

(via US: Gay male student crowned prom queen in Connecticut · PinkNews.co.uk)

"A gay male student at a Connecticut school has been crowned prom queen.

Danbury High School student Nasir Fleming does not identify as transgender, but says he ran for prom queen to “show the world” that anything is possible.”

Canada: High school banned from flying gay pride flag

The students were told they could not fly the flag

The students were told they could not fly the flag

A High School in the Canadian province of New Brunswick has banned students from flying a gay pride flag during pride week, because of a ban on “non-official flags on public property.”

Students at the Leo Hayes High School, which has flown the rainbow flag for the past two years, were told by Premier David Alward that they could not fly the flag.

In protest, they have begun a petition to the New Brunswick government to change the policy.

The Change.org petition, set up by Tianna Whelan, aims to “allow schools to raise the pride flag because the safety and acceptable of children should be placed at a higher importance than a law that was forgotten about for two years.”

“Flying the pride flag shows students, and the public, that the school is a safe and accepting place for everyone,” the petition continues.

The New Brunswick legislature flew the rainbow flag during the Sochi Olympics to support gay athletes, although some note that it took until the sixth day of the games to raise the flag.

“Government does not move at the fastest pace, that’s for sure,” said cabinet minister Craig Leonard at the time.

“But I think what’s important is that the flag is flying today in solidarity with the LGBT community, and certainly we as a government want to make sure that message is sent loud and clear that we appreciate the LGBT community in this province.”

The Fredericton City Hall is flying the flag, and Friday marks the end of pride week at the Leo Hayes school.

LGBT bullying rife in schools: survey

Another unsuprising study to add to the collection of similar studies of bullying in schools, but this is a first for Japan, so well done!

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by Mizuho Aoki

Staff Writer

  • May 8, 2014

About 70 percent of sexual minorities have experienced bullying in school and 30 percent have thought about committing suicide, according to a survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The survey on the school lives of LGBTs, the first large-scale study undertaken in Japan, found that 68 percent of the 609 respondents experienced bullying in elementary, junior high or high school.

Among them, 53 percent were verbally abused and 49 percent were ignored or excluded from groups. Some 20 percent experienced physical bullying and 11 percent suffered sexual abuse, such as having their clothes taken off by classmates, according to the report, released Wednesday.

The survey was conducted by Inochi Risupekuto Howaito Ribon Kyanpen (which translates as “the life respect white ribbon campaign”), a Tokyo-based group engaged in suicide prevention for LGBTs. The online poll was conducted between October and December on people between 10 and 35.

All respondents had spent their school years in the Kanto region.

The results showed most of the bullies were classmates, but 12 percent said they were bullied by teachers. A majority were bullied for over a year.

Abuse periods were especially long for boys with gender identity disorder, with 43 percent saying they were bullied for more than five years.

Despite the victimization, about half said they had no one to talk to about the bullying. The survey found that 32 percent thought of committing suicide, with 22 percent saying they had injured themselves, such as by cutting their wrists.

Mameta Endo, co-leader of the group, urged teachers send a positive message about LGBT’s at schools.

“More teachers need to know the issues LGBTs are facing. As most bullying starts at elementary schools, I want teachers to provide children correct information about sexual minorities,” she said.

“The survey also found that boys with gender identity disorder have faced especially harsh bullying for not being manly. Schools need to find ways to teach students about LGBTs to prevent those who don’t match stereotypical ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’ gender types from being bullied,” Endo said.

Study: Two thirds of gay teens have considered suicide, while 80% are bullied
A UK study.
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Gay males are said to be the most heavily targeted group by bullies

Gay males are said to be the most heavily targeted group by bullies

A new study has revealed two thirds of gay teens say they have contemplated suicide, with 80% bullied because of their sexuality.

The anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label published the report which found gay pupils at school and college are more likely to be bullied than any other demographic group in the UK.

Ditch The Label founder, Liam Hackett said gay males were the most “heavily targeted group”.

He said: “Our research has identified that bullying is having a profound impact upon the self-esteem, mental health and academic performance of LGBT students and is not something that can be ignored.

“It is my hope that our research will strongly urge educational establishments and governments to invest greater resources into continuous education and interventions to promote equality and diversity.”

The report also posted striking statistics for the transgender students questioned.

67% said they had self-harmed, while more than two in five respondents resorted to suicide attempts because of the bullying they received.

Nearly two thirds of lesbian respondents reported being bulled, while nearly 7 in 10 bisexuals had suicidal thoughts as a result of bullying.

Ditch the Label will be launching a Sponsored Silence on 18 May to raise awareness of the 39% of young people who stay silent about being victims of bullying. 

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic taunts and teasing in the school playground may seem harmless but it can seriously affect children’s health and well-being, lead to poor educational performance and prevent them getting ahead in life.

Young people should be able to go to school without fear of bullying or discrimination. We expect schools to take a strong stand against all forms of bullying and to deal with incidents quickly when they occur.

This project will help us to understand all the issues, what works best in tackling this type of bullying, and to develop effective, evidence-based tools and best practice that will help schools and others to stamp out this harmful behaviour.

Project to tackle homophobic bullying in schools given go ahead · PinkNews.co.uk

—Minister for Women and Equalities Jenny Willott

Taxpayer-funded Christian school forbids ‘homosexual relations,’ warns of ‘lake of fire’
 
 
 
 
Taxpayer-funded Christian school forbids ‘homosexual relations,’ warns of 'lake of fire'
 

PC MLA Ken Lemke (second from left) was among those who attended the official unveiling of the Prairie Christian Academy modernization last November.

An Alberta school funded fully by taxpayers and answerable to a public board requires teachers to abstain from “homosexual relations” and warns students that the unjust risk everlasting torment in the “lake of fire.”

An opposition critic expressed shock Sunday that the Conservative government recently committed to spending $7 million to modernize and expand Prairie Christian Academy (PCA), despite the fact the Three Hills facility displays policies on its website that “fly in the face” of both the province’s human rights legislation and the country’s Constitution.

“Fifteen years after the Supreme Court outlawed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, it is unbelievable this is still happening,” Liberal MLA Kent Hehr said.

“I am starting to question what oversight Minister Jeff Johnson and his education department are providing to the system.”

A private religious school founded more than seven decades ago, Prairie Christian Academy joined the Golden Hills School Division in 2003, a decision the school’s website says allowed it to get increased public funding.

While parents still pay nominal fees for religious education, the regular program of study, busing and even lease and utility costs are fully covered by the local board.

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(via Patchwork of progress | Daily Xtra)

Of the 60 districts in the province, only two had passed anti-homophobia policy by the end of 2004.

Fast-forward a decade: we’re up to 29 — nearly half the districts have signed on. That may not sound like a huge change, but it is.

“In the past five years in particular, there’s been a groundswell of change,” says Chamberlain, who has been there since the beginning.

(via Patchwork of progress | Daily Xtra)

Of the 60 districts in the province, only two had passed anti-homophobia policy by the end of 2004.

Fast-forward a decade: we’re up to 29 — nearly half the districts have signed on. That may not sound like a huge change, but it is.

“In the past five years in particular, there’s been a groundswell of change,” says Chamberlain, who has been there since the beginning.

(via Italian cardinal: ‘If you teach kids not to bully gays, you’ll corrupt them’ | Gay Star News)

So much for Francis’s papal plattitudes.
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"‘Parents must defend their children against gender ideology,’ he insisted. ‘It is a grave duty of society - at all levels and forms - not to corrupt the youth with ideas and examples that no father and mother would want for their children.’"

(via Italian cardinal: ‘If you teach kids not to bully gays, you’ll corrupt them’ | Gay Star News)

So much for Francis’s papal plattitudes.
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"‘Parents must defend their children against gender ideology,’ he insisted. ‘It is a grave duty of society - at all levels and forms - not to corrupt the youth with ideas and examples that no father and mother would want for their children.’"

New York City Schools Implement Transgender Inclusion Guidelines

By Zack Ford on March 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

New York City Schools Implement Transgender Inclusion Guidelines

NYC Department of Education

The New York City Department of Education has introduced new guidelines to help schools respect transgender students and meet whatever unique needs they might have. The guidelines recommend that schools respect trans students’ gender identities and make facilities and activities as inclusive as possible. Here are some of the suggestions for protecting trans students:

  • School personnel should not reveal student’s transgender status to other employees, students, parents, or other third parties; it could be an unlawful violation of a student’s privacy.
  • Though permanent records can only be altered with a court order or new birth certificate, the school should otherwise use the name and gender preferred by the student.
  • Students should be addressed by the name and corresponding pronoun that reflect the gender identity they consistently assert at school.
  • Generally, students should be permitted to participate in physical education and sports in accordance with the student’s gender identity that is consistently asserted at school.
  • In any activity where students are separated by gender, students should be permitted to participate in accordance with their gender identity.
  • If trans students have specific privacy concerns, accommodations should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The guidelines could go far toward mitigating the bullying and harassment that trans students experience, creating an environment where they can safely explore their identities. California passed a law last year that similarly guarantees full inclusion for trans students. Conservatives attempted to challenge the law with a referendum, but failed to collect the signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot.

Student files $25,000 suit against Ontario high school
Christopher Karas suffered humiliation and mental anguish over school’s actions, suit alleges

A gay Mississauga student has filed a $25,000 discrimination complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal against his high school and school board, alleging a pattern of anti-gay bias.

Christopher Karas is a Grade 12 student at École Secondaire Catholique Ste-Famille who says he has faced disparaging comments from students and teachers and attempts to prevent him from establishing a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at the school.

Karas first came to media attention last year after his school administrators censored posters for his GSA, which included a quote from Harvey Milk. The quote read, “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”

But Karas’s complaint against the board alleges a pattern of discriminatory actions going back to the 2011/12 school year. In that year, Karas, who had come out as gay in his school, attended an overnight school trip where students were to share hotel rooms. Some of Karas’s male classmates were reassigned out of his hotel room after they said they’d be uncomfortable sharing a room with him because of his sexual orientation. Karas was also the target of homophobic bullying on the trip, the case alleges.

The complaint also alleges that a religious instructor “made homophobic statements such as … ‘Gay people should not be permitted to adopt children’” and that a psychology teacher refused to discuss same-sex parenting in a class about family structures due to the school’s religious nature.

In another class, Karas was forced to read a novel called Poison, by Doric Germain, in which a teenaged boy is beaten by his father when he’s caught having sex with another boy. “The book generally suggests that Patrick’s life is out of control due to his homosexuality and he himself realizes that his sexual-orientation will inevitably prevent him from leading a normal life,” the suit alleges.

The complaint also alleges that the school administration worked to undermine Karas’s fledgling GSA, “Porte Ouverte,” and quotes statements given by the principal to Xtra at the time. The administration also allegedly retaliated against Karas’s attempts to assert his rights by refusing to sign off on his community hours log.

Since the suit was filed, Karas alleges that the school board has blocked dailyxtra.com from being accessed on the school’s WiFi network. Xtra was the first news source to report on Karas’s complaints, in December 2013.

Karas acknowledges that he will have graduated by the time the tribunal makes its decision but hopes he leaves a legacy for future gay students. “I want to see the school board and the school put in place a culture of acceptance. I want them to teach love and not hate in our school.”

In addition to the monetary damages, the complaint seeks a letter of apology, a harassment and discrimination policy, mandatory sensitivity training, gender-neutral washrooms in all schools and removal of the book Poison from the curriculum.

Neither the school’s principal nor the school board is willing to comment on the case. The Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud released a statement saying that it has not yet received the complaint but that it intends to analyze it and respond to the Human Rights Tribunal.