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General info on LGBTQ issues Homophobia / transphobia and youth: research Safe and inclusive environments: concrete actions Legal support for promoting inclusion
Classroom activities: preschool-elementary Classroom activities: high school Books and videos Families with LGBTQ parents
Physical education and sports LGBTQ youth and their parents: resources Developing policies and forms Gender expression/trans identities



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General info on LGBTQ issues

[General Info]

Information on LGBT Realities

This document can serve to increase your own knowledge, or to serve as a springboard for discussions with students in a variety of classroom settings. Resources listed here cover organisations, documentary material and reports that can enrich your work and personal reflections.

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Définitions

Définitions sur la diversité sexuelle et de genre (French only)

Un document crée par la Coalition des familles LGBT, la Chaire de recherche sur l'homophobie et Gai-Écoute

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[Vocabulary]

Vocabulary

A list of frequently used terms for discussing sexual diversity.

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Réalités juridiques et sociales

Réalités juridiques et sociales des minorités sexuelles dans les principaux pays d'origine de personnes nouvellement arrivées au Québec (French only)

Le ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion présente la 3e édition de son guide d'information s'adressant aux conseillers et conseillères en immigration, aux professeures et professeurs des programmes de français pour personnes immigrantes et aux intervenantes et intervenants du milieu communautaire « qui souhaitent être mieux informés des réalités des personnes LGBT et en tenir compte dans leurs contacts avec ces personnes nouvellement arrivées et faisant partie des minorités sexuelles ».

Par | La Direction des politiques et programmes de francisation et d'intégration, avec la collaboration de la Direction des affaires publiques et des communications, du ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion

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Répertoire de ressources

Répertoire de ressources pour personnes immigrantes et réfugiées de minorités sexuelles (French only)

Le ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion propose une 2e édition de son répertoire des ressources destiné au personnel du ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion ainsi qu'aux intervenantes et intervenants des organismes qui œuvrent auprès des personnes immigrantes, mais, aussi, aux personnes immigrantes et réfugiées de minorités sexuelles qui souhaitent connaître les organismes québécois auxquels elles peuvent se référer. Le guide répertorie les principales ressources disponibles pour faciliter l'arrivée des personnes immigrantes et réfugiées LGBT ainsi que leur intégration au sein de la société québécoise.

Par | La Direction générale des politiques et programmes de participation et d'inclusion, avec la collaboration de la Direction des affaires publiques et des communications, du ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion

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[Homophobia]

Homophobia in the workplace

Gais et lesbiennes en milieu de travail Rapport synthèse de recherche,
Chamberland et al (2007) (French only)

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Stress et vulnérabilité professionnelle chez les enseignants lesbiennes fait saillants,
Chamberland et Breton (2005) (French only)

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Fiche synthèse (adultes)

Fiche synthèse sur le suicide : les réalités des adultes LGBT (French only)

Un document crée par la Coalition des familles LGBT, la Chaire de recherche sur l'homophobie et Gai-Écoute

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Fiche synthèse (jeunes)

Fiche synthèse sur le suicide : les réalités des jeunes LGBT (French only)

Un document crée par la Coalition des familles LGBT, la Chaire de recherche sur l'homophobie et Gai-Écoute

Click here




Health of Two-Spirit People

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HEALTH OF TWO-SPIRIT PEOPLE: Historical, contemporary and emergent issues

In the context of Aboriginal communities in Canada, achieving equity for Two-Spirit people is an emergent field of health research, which intersects with broad movements for both Aboriginal rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) rights nationally and internationally. Given that Two-Spirit people are largely overlooked in Aboriginal health literature, the purpose of this paper is to introduce the historical, contemporary and emergent issues related to Two-Spirit health.

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[World maps]

Created by ILGA : The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, these world maps show sexual orientation laws in the world.

This tool is available in four different versions:

Overview

Criminalization

Recognition

Protection

It highlights the nuances that exist in different countries' laws. It also underlines the fact that only a few countries have positive laws regarding LGB people.





Homophobia / transphobia and youth: research

[Homophobia in Québec Schools]

Homophobia in Québec Schools:

This document presents the key findings of a large study that was carried out in 2010 to determine the extent and impact of homophobia in Québec high schools. 2747 students participated in the study. This summary is an excellent source of information for anyone who wants to have a global view of the situation of homophobia in Québec's schools.

Download the document




[Impact of Homophobia]

L'impact de l'homophobie et de la violence homophobe sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires
Chercheur principal Line Chamberland, Université du Québec à Montréal (2011) :

The Impact of Homophobia and Homophobic Violence on School Persistence and Academic Success: Key Findings

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L'impact de l'homophobie et de la violence homophobe sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires : RAPPORT DE RECHERCHE INTÉGRAL (French only)

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L'homophobie à l'école secondaire au Québec : Portrait de la situation, impacts et pistes de solution (French only)

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L'homophobie au collégial au Québec : Portrait de la situation, impacts et pistes de solution (French only)

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La lutte contre l'homophobie en milieu scolaire : Rapport descriptif des guides d'intervention disponibles au Québec (French only)

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La transphobie en milieu scolaire au Québec : Rapport de recherche (French only)

Click here

L'impact de l'homophobie et de la violence homophobe sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires : Annexes (French only)

Click here




[Every Class]

Every Class in Every School: First National Climate Survey on Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Canadian Schools
Catherine Taylor and Tracey Peter, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (2011)

Executive Summary: Every Class in Every School

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Every Class in Every School: Final Report on the First National Climate Survey on Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Canadian Schools

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[Les GRIS du Québec]

Les GRIS du Québec

Rapport de recherche : L'homophobie pas dans ma cours (French only)
Gilbert Emond (Concordia) et Janik Bastien Charlebois (UQAM) (2007)

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Jeunes, homosexualité et écoles: Sommaire des résultats (French only)
Alain Grenier, 2005

Click here




[Elizabeth M. Saewyc]

Elizabeth M. Saewyc, University of British Columbia

Research on Adolescent Sexual Orientation: Development, Health Disparities, Stigma and Resilience
(Saewyc, 2011)

Click here

School-Based Strategies to Reduce Suicidal Ideation, Suicide Attempts and Discrimination Among Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Adolescents in Western Canada
(Saewyc et al, 2014)

Click here




[Conseil permanent]

Conseil permanent de la Jeunesse (French only)

Recherche-avis: Sortons l'homophonie du placard...et de nos écoles sécondaires (French only)

Click here




[Suicide Prevention]

LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention
D. Ryan Dyck, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (2012)

LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention Summit 2012: Report on Outcomes and Recommendations

Click here





Safe and inclusive environments: concrete actions

A Practical Guide

A Practical Guide to Including Sexual and Gender Diversity in Colleges and Universities

This guide provides a snapshot of the measures that can be implemented, to great benefit, in colleges and universities with a view to reducing instances of homophobia. The goal is to create a welcoming and safe environment that supports all students' academic progress. This guide aims to be concrete: it focuses on practices that have already been put into place in institutions of higher learning in Québec. It is mainly addressed to front-line workers and student affairs managers in colleges, and to student services in universities. The idea behind the guide comes from a simple observation: right now, publications about homophobia are mostly focused on activities that take place in the classroom, whereas very few of them address the question of good practices adopted outside the classroom. This guide is a tool designed to meet this specific need. It may also be of interest to teaching staff, administrators, students, parents, and anyone who works in the field of higher education

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[20 ideas for creating schools that are open to diversity]

20 ideas for creating schools that are open to diversity:

This document describes 20 ideas and practices to carry out in schools (or with youth in general) for creating spaces that are safe and open to diversity. The suggested activities are easy to organise with links to relevant web sites, as well as testimonials from teachers.

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[Organizations to Invite]

Organizations to Invite to your Workplace (for students and/or school staff)

This module lists Québec-based organizations that will come to your school or youth/family organization and carry out activities for students or professional development for staff. Many of these organizations provide their services free-of-charge.

Download the document




[Inclusive Environments]

How to Create More Inclusive Environments for Youth

There are so many ways that educators can create environments that are welcoming and inclusive to all youth regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or family constellation. This section provides resources for background knowledge, suggested actions to take, and tips and tools to create positive change. There is a highlighted section about "Posters to Promote Inclusion".

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[Reacting to Children's Homophobia]

Reacting to Children's Homophobic Words and Actions

Often educators and other school personnel do not know how to respond when homophobic insults are used between students. How can we systematically intervene and reaffirm the fundamental value that intolerance has no place at school? We propose questions, answers and comments that you can use as possible responses to homophobia in the school setting.

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[Survey]

Homoparental Families and Homophobia: Institutional Climate Survey

Before taking a specific course of action, a school's (or other esablishment's) current attitudes, practices and progress must first be evaluated. The following survey can help you to assess where your establishment stands in the fight against homophobia and the inclusion of homoparental families.

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[Best Practices]

Best Practices: Seven Areas of Intervention in the School Community

This module is meant to offer administrators and school personnel, as well as all professionals working in schools, suggestions and action plans to help better meet the needs of parents and children in their institutions.

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[Inclusive and non-discriminatory Policies]

How to Establish Inclusive and non-discriminatory Policies

This module contains suggestions for adapting current school policies to better include homoparental families and sexual diversity in general. Each suggestion is vital for creating an effective policy, and is accompanied by a concrete example to better explain its purpose.

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Explaining

Explaining to Parents and Colleagues

Most people are open to the idea of teaching children about family diversity. But introducing the subject of same-sex parenting can lead to worries about the possible reaction of parents or colleagues. How can we respond to fears, criticisms and other reservations? We provide a list of possible questions, comments and responses.

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[First Contact]

First Contact with Gay and Lesbian Parents: Forms and Letters

Often, the first contact parents have with schools or other institutions involves forms to fill out. These families are made up of not only same-sex parents, but also adoptive or foster parents, stepparents, or other family members such as grandparents. In order to reach all of these families, schools and community organizations should use inclusive, neutral language in their forms and documents. In so doing, institutions send a strong positive message that they are open to family diversity. This module suggests how to develop inclusive letters and forms.

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[Five Activities]

Five Awareness-Raising Activities to Carry Out Amongst Colleagues

The following exercises have been adapted from a tool called the GLSEN Lunchbox. They were designed to help spark discussion on how to fight homophobia and become more inclusive of homoparental families. The exercises can be used as part of a training session, or simply as informal activities between colleagues (for example, over a lunch break).

Download the document




[Québec Policies]

Québec Government Policies

Québec Policy Against Homophobia

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Government Action Plan Against Homophobia

Click here

L'homophobie : Ça vaut le coup d'agir ensemble! (French only)

Click here

Violence in the Schools: Let's Work on it Together!

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La violence dans l'espace virtuel : Ça vaut le coup d'agir ensemble! (French only)

Click here

Bill 56: An Act to prevent and deal with bullying and violence in schools

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An Act to Prevent and Stop Bullying and Violence in Schools

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Embracing Diversity

EMBRACING DIVERSITY: proposals for an education free of homophobia and transphobia

This publication is intended to contribute, on the basis of the evidence uncovered, to an understanding of homophobic and transphobic bullying in the scholastic environment in Spain. The focus is placed on its specific nature and on the actors involved in order to highlight the particular experiences that have had a positive impact and that can be used as best-practice templates to properly manage sexual diversity in schools.

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MyGSA.ca (ON)

MyGSA.ca -- Equity and Inclusive Education Resource Kit for Ontario High Schools

This guide aims to inform and support students, parents or tutors, as well as teaching and non-teaching staff of a high school who want to implement a gay-straight alliance (GSA) in order to build a safer and more inclusive environment for LGBTQ youth. This document was produced by Égale Canada.

Click here





Classroom activities: preschool-elementary

Gender Stereotypes

Gender Stereotypes: a learning and evaluation activity (LEA) about gender stereotypes
1st and 2nd cycles of elementary school

Introduction - social justice concepts (for the teacher/educator)

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A - Presentation (for the teacher/educator)

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B - Book 'Artsy Boys and Smelly Girls' (to show in class)

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C - Franklin Delano Roosevelt (to show in class)

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D - Expressions (to show in class)

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E - Images (to show in class)

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F - Drawing Sheet (to print up for students)

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G - Evaluation (for the teacher/educator)

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Coming soon ...

Cushioning the Impact: a learning and evaluation activity (LEA) about gender stereotypes (for ethics and religious culture course, or others)
3rd cycle of elementary or 1st cycle of high school

Introduction - social justice concepts (for the teacher/educator)

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A - Presentation (for the teacher/educator)

Click here

B - Expressions (to print up for students)

Click here

C - Feminine - masculine document (to print up for students)

Click here

Video - The Mask You Live In (to show in class)

Click here

Video - Why Aren't Women Choosing Science Careers (to show in class)

Click here

D - Impacts document (to print up for students)

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E - Evaluation (to print up for students)

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[Otis and Alice Guide, preschool to 8 years]

Otis and Alice: A family with two moms?

Two learning activities for children from preschool to 8 years of age, to be carried out in daycare, primary school, or in the school or neighbourhood library. The activity "Family Mural" helps children to discover and respect differences, while the activity "The Diary of the Family" helps to underline the similarities within differences. Links are made with the Québec Education Program of the Ministry of Education.

Download the teacher's guide




[Answers Guide]

Responding Simply to Children's Questions

This document presents typical questions that children (from preschool to 8 years old) might have about family diversity. We propose various answers to these questions that can be adapted to your style and the characteristics of your group of children. Overall, a pertinent guide to help you to answer children's questions.

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[Ulysse et Alice Guide, 8-12]

For Older Kids: Learning Respect for Diversity

Two learning activities for children ages 8-12, to be carried out in primary school, in the school or neighbourhood library, or in a community group for youth. The first activity about homophobic language enables youth to understand the harmful affect of these hurtful words. The second activity can help students to understand loving relationships between persons of the same gender and undo the most common stereotypes and prejudices about homosexuality. Links are made with the Québec Education Program of the Ministry of Education.

Download the teacher's guide




[Answers Guide]

Responding Simply to Questions from Children in the 2nd and 3rd Cycles of Elementary School

This document presents typical questions that children (from ages 8-12) might have about gays and lesbians. We propose various answers to these questions that can be adapted to your style and the characteristics of your group of children. Overall, a pertinent guide to help you to answer children's questions.

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[Educators' Guide]

Educators' Guide: Ulysse Alias Easy Loup Galop

Ulysse Alias Easy Loup Galop is a story for children in the second cycle of elementary school (grades 3 and 4). Ulysse Gagnon-Lopez is a 10-year-old boy like other boys of his age except... he has two mothers. The story highlights life in a family with same-sex parents and deals with subjects such as: diversity, differences, friendship, bullying, harassment, witnesses, bystanders and allies. The book and activities in this guide can be tied in with the Ethics and Religious Culture Program (competency 3: engages in dialogue) in order to discern common values, attitudes and behaviours that foster community life.

Download the teacher's guide




[Activities About Diversity]

Classroom and School-Wide Activities About Diversity

This document focuses on easily accessible activities, often from Québec and elsewhere in Canada, which can be used by educators to promote diversity. A number of community organizations, government agencies, school boards and professional associations have created classroom activities to help students become aware of prejudice, discrimination and the impact of homophobic bullying.

Download the document




Family Diversity Poster



The wonderful illustrations of Marie-Claude Favreau underscore the theme, "Family Diversity: It's all about love" This meter long poster is an excellent way to express pride at home, at work or at your child's school. What families are represented? : homoparental, multicultural, nuclear, multigenerational, blended, adoptive and single-parent.

To obtain a poster please contact us.




[Pedagogical materials]

The Homophobius: Pedagogical materials on homophobia and sexual stereotyping (MÉLS and l'Institut Pacifique)

Various learning scenarios are offered to help students deal with the themes of Anti-Bullying and Violence Awareness Week at School. These will enable them to:

  • become more aware of the effects of homophobia and sexual stereotyping
  • become more aware of the violence and bullying caused by homophobia
  • develop positive social behaviour

A: Homophobius Guide Elementary

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B: Scenario cycle 1 and 2

Click here

C: Scenario cycle 3

Click here




[Unis dans la diversité]

Unis dans la diversité : semaine de lutte à l'homophobie (GRIS-Montréal)

La semaine d'activités Unis dans la diversité a pour objectif de prévenir l'homophobie et de sensibiliser les jeunes aux stéréotypes sexuels. Le présent guide est un outil pédagogique destiné aux enseignants et aux intervenants en milieu scolaire, dont l'objectif principal est de les accompagner dans l'animation d'activités pédagogiques sur l'homophobie et les stéréotypes sexuels. Chaque année d'études, de la maternelle à la 6e année, aura une activité à réaliser, au choix de l'enseignant. Afin de donner de la visibilité à la semaine et de faire prendre connaissance aux élèves et aux parents des activités qui auront eu lieu en classe, une activité d'intégration sera proposée et impliquera l'ensemble de l'école.

Only available in French.

1 - Le Guide

Le Guide
    Cliquez ici

2 - Présentations PowerPoint

Présentation de la semaine
    Cliquez ici
Rassemblement 2e et 3e cycles
    Cliquez ici
Rassemblement Maternelle et 1er cycle
    Cliquez ici

3 - Documentation Supplémentaire

Brochure formations Coalition familles LGBT
    Cliquez ici
Brochure homophobie Coalition familles LGBT
    Cliquez ici
L'homophobie, ça vaut le coup d'agir ensemble (Plan d'action 2008-2011)
    Cliquez ici
Loi no56 Intimidation et violence à l'école
    Cliquez ici
Plan d'action gouvernemental; Ensemble vers l'égalité sociale. L'unité dans la diversité (2011-2016)
    Cliquez ici

4 - Documentation sur le GRIS-Montréal

Évaluation de la qualité des services offerts par la permanence - v. aout 2014
    Cliquez ici
GRIS et après pour que l'effet continue_primaire - juillet 2015
    Cliquez ici
Informations importantes écoles secondaires - v. juillet 2015
    Cliquez ici
Instructions pour le questionnaire primaire
    Cliquez ici
Questionnaire aux élèves primaire-2014
    Cliquez ici
Questionnaire-évaluation-intervention-prof. primaire - juillet 2015
    Cliquez ici

5 - Vidéos requis

Alliées, Alliés ! Ensemble contre l'homophobie
    Cliquez ici
Intimidation, un geste suffit
    Cliquez ici
Le retour de la lumière
    Cliquez ici
Les Mots Blessent
    Cliquez ici
Luttons contre l'homophobie
    Cliquez ici
Manon Rhéaume, Une femme dans la LNH
    Cliquez ici
Publicité Qc contre homophobie «Femme»
    Cliquez ici
Publicité Qc contre homophobie «Homme»
    Cliquez ici
Vidéo de Sensibilisation Homosexualité
    Cliquez ici





Classroom activities: high school

Reading Circle

Reading Circle on Diversity (Learning and Evaluation Activity - LEA - for English class, or others)
1st or 2nd cycle of high school

Introduction - social justice concepts (for the teacher/educator)

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A - Presentation (for the teacher/educator)

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B - Reading Journal (to print up for students)

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C - Getting Prepared (to print up for students)

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D - Observation Grid (for the teacher/educator)

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E - Evaluation (for the teacher/educator)

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The Protest Song

The Protest Song: an activity about respecting diversity (Learning and Evaluation Activity - LEA - for English class, or others)
2nd year of the 2nd cycle in high school

Introduction - social justice concepts (for the teacher/educator)

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A - Presentation (for the teacher/educator)

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B - Be Outraged! (to print up for students)

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C - Listening Document (to print up for students)

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D - Lyrics (to print up for students)

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E - Mind Map (to print up for students)

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F - Writing Document (to print up for students)

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G - Evaluation (for the teacher/educator)

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H - Logbook (to print up for students)

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Love Letters

Love Letters: (Learning and Evaluation Activity - LEA - for English class, or others)
2nd year of 1st cycle of high school

Introduction - social justice concepts (for the teacher/educator)

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A - Presentation (for the teacher/educator)

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B - Student Document (to print up for students)

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C - Teacher Document (for the teacher/educator)

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D - Evaluation (to print up for students)

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The Power of Words

The Power of Words: an activity about homophobic expressions (Learning and evaluation activity - LEA - for ethics and religious culture course, or others)
1st or 2nd cycle of high school

Introduction - social justice concepts (for the teacher/educator)

Click here

A - Presentation (for the teacher/educator)

Click here

B - Survey Slide Show (to show in class)

Click here

C - Logbook (to print up for students)

Click here

D - Role Play Document (to print up for students)

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Video - Think Before You Speak (to show in class)

Click here

E - Campaign Document (to show in class)

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F - Show Your Support (to print up for students)

Click here




Coming soon ...

Seeing Life in Stereo: a learning and evaluation activity (LEA) about gender stereotypes (for ethics and religious culture course, or others)
2nd cycle of high school

Introduction - social justice concepts (for the teacher/educator)

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A - Presentation (for the teacher/educator)

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B - Expressions (to print up for students)

Click here

C - Feminine - masculine document (to print up for students)

Click here

D - Answer Sheet (to print up for students)

Click here

E - Documents Package (to print up for students)

Click here

Video - The Mask You Live In (to show in class)

Click here

Video - Why Aren't Women Choosing Science Careers (to show in class)

Click here

Video - Like a Girl (to show in class)

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F - Impacts Document (to print up for students)

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G - Continuum Document (to print up for students)

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H - Vocabulary (for the teacher/educator)

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I - Free Yourself (to print up for students)

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Coming soon ...

Cushioning the Impact: a learning and evaluation activity (LEA) about gender stereotypes (for ethics and religious culture course, or others)
3rd cycle of elementary or 1st cycle of high school

Introduction - social justice concepts (for the teacher/educator)

Click here

A - Presentation (for the teacher/educator)

Click here

B - Expressions (to print up for students)

Click here

C - Feminine - masculine document (to print up for students)

Click here

Video - The Mask You Live In (to show in class)

Click here

Video - Why Aren't Women Choosing Science Careers (to show in class)

Click here

D - Impacts document (to print up for students)

Click here

E - Evaluation (to print up for students)

Click here




[Activities About Diversity]

Classroom and School-Wide Activities About Diversity

This document focuses on easily accessible activities, often from Québec and elsewhere in Canada, which can be used by educators to promote diversity. A number of community organizations, government agencies, school boards and professional associations have created classroom activities to help students become aware of prejudice, discrimination and the impact of homophobic bullying.

Download the document




[Ideas to Stimulate]

Ideas to Stimulate Discussions with Youth

Historical Background of Homosexuality

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Lesbian and Gay Rights in the World
(ILGA, 2012)

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L'homosexualité et les religions (French only)
(CSQ, Comité pour la diversité sexuelle, 2012)

Click here

Vue d'ensemble des droits LGBTTI dans le monde (French only)
(CSQ, Comité pour la diversité sexuelle, 2010)

Click here




[Facilitate Activities]

Facilitate Activities with Youth

Demystifying prejudice against homosexuality: True or False Quiz
(CQGL/ CSQ Comité sur la diversité sexuelle)

Click here

Guide d'animation Silence SVP pour les intervenants (French only)
(CQGL/ CSQ Comité sur la diversité sexuelle)

Click here

Guide d'animation Silence SVP pour les étudiants (French only)
(CQGL/ CSQ Comité sur la diversité sexuelle)

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Affiche : Tout comme moi (French only)
(CQGL/ CSQ Comité sur la diversité sexuelle)

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Quiz Tout comme moi (French only)
(CQGL/ CSQ Comité sur la diversité sexuelle)

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Réponses : Tout comme moi (French only)
(CQGL/ CSQ Comité sur la diversité sexuelle)

Click here




[Pedagogical materials]

The Homophobius: Pedagogical materials on homophobia and sexual stereotyping (MÉLS and l'Institut Pacifique)

Various learning scenarios are offered to help students deal with the themes of Anti-Bullying and Violence Awareness Week at School. These will enable them to:

  • become more aware of the effects of homophobia and sexual stereotyping
  • become more aware of the violence and bullying caused by homophobia
  • develop positive social behaviour

A: Homophobius Guide High School

Click here

B: Scenario cycle 1

Click here

C: Scenario cycle 1 and 2

Click here

D: Scenario cycle 2

Click here




[Poster]

Safe Space Poster

Poster by Marie Dauverné with the slogan "Homophobic, transphobic, racist and sexist comments and actions, as well as insults about gender expression are not accepted here. Let's respect our differences!"

To obtain a poster please contact us.





Books and videos

[Books About Diversity]

Books About Sexual and Gender Diversity

This is a list of books with LGBT and related themes for youth from 0-18. This resource is divided into sections based on age group (children, pre-teens and teens), specific themes, as well as fiction and non-fiction. All books can be easily purchased online.

Download the document




Ulysse et Alice

Ulysse et Alice

Ariane Bertouille, 2006.
LGBT Family Coalition
Édition du remue-ménage

Ulysse et Alice is the first French-language book in Quebec, available for children, about a boy with two same-sex parents. For children 4-8 years old, this story shows that even though families come in all different shapes and size, on an everyday level they're really very similar. The book is a useful tool for teaching diversity to very young children. It is accompanied by a teachers' guide in both English and French.

Published by Éditions du remue-ménage

Download the information sheet

Download the teacher's guide




[Ulysse alias Easy Loup Galop]

Ulysse alias Easy Loup Galop

Ariane Bertouille, 2012.
LGBT Family Coalition

Ulysse Alias Easy Loup Galop is a story for children in the second cycle of elementary school (grades 3 and 4). Ulysse Gagnon-Lopez is a 10-year-old boy like other boys of his age except... he has two mothers. The story highlights life in a family with same-sex parents and deals with subjects such as: diversity, differences, friendship, bullying, harassment, witnesses, bystanders and allies.

Published by Éditions du remue-ménage

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[Films]

Films About Sexual Diversity and Youth

A selection of films that talk about sexual diversity and youth: a different way to initiate discussions in class.

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[Kaléidoscope]

Kaléidoscope : Livres jeunesse pour un monde égalitaire (in French only)

Une sélection de 200 livres aux histoires tantôt drôles, tantôt tristes, parfois rocambolesques, qui fait la promotion de modèles et de comportements égalitaires chez les 0-12 ans.

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[Books for Youths]

Book Lists for Youths

Ouvrages pour enfants traitant de l'homoparentalité (APGL) (French only)

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Recommended LGBT-Positive Titles for BC Schools

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Littérature jeunesse (préscolaire/primaire) - CSQ (French only)

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Essais littérature jeunesse pour le secondaire - CSQ (en anglais seulement)

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Families with LGBTQ parents

[A Look at Homoparental Families]

A Look at Homoparental Families: An Introduction

Gay and lesbian parents, like other parents, want to establish partnerships with schools and community organizations to offer support for the academic, social and emotional development of their children. Educators and homoparental families can learn to work together. At the same time, educators and other professionals need to better understand the realities of homoparental families and research on these families in order to work as a team with them and support their children.

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[Deconstructing Myths]

Scientific Research: Deconstructing Myths about Homoparental Families

This module exposes ten myths about homoparental families and deconstructs them using thirty years of scientific research. The scientific findings summarized in this section have been gathered from articles published in recognized scientific journals1 with the help ofUQAM's Équipe de recherche sur la famille et son environnement (ERFE) and the McGill University Sexual Identity Centre (MUSIC).

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[Homophobia and Heterosexism]

Homoparental Families: Dealing with Homophobia and Heterosexism

This module summarizes research on the impact of discrimination, homophobia and heterosexism on the development of children living in homoparental families. By adequately welcoming these children and their families into the school environment, schools can directly contribute to positive social change. The vital role of these institutions in the fight against homophobia will also be covered in this module.

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[Legal and Ethical Responsibilities]

Homoparental Families: Society's Legal and Ethical Responsibilities

All families have the legal and ethical right to be safe and recognized. Civil society groups and tribunals, supported by our laws and charters, advocate for the well-being of all families, including families with lesbian or gay parents. This module is a description of the laws, jurisprudence and policies that guarantee the safety, protection and social integration of homoparental families.

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[Survey]

Homoparental Families and Homophobia: Institutional Climate Survey

Before taking a specific course of action, a school's (or other esablishment's) current attitudes, practices and progress must first be evaluated. The following survey can help you to assess where your establishment stands in the fight against homophobia and the inclusion of homoparental families.

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[Best Practices]

Best Practices: Seven Areas of Intervention in the School Community

This module is meant to offer administrators and school personnel, as well as all professionals working in schools, suggestions and action plans to help better meet the needs of parents and children in their institutions.

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[Inclusive and non-discriminatory Policies]

How to Establish Inclusive and non-discriminatory Policies

This module contains suggestions for adapting current school policies to better include homoparental families and sexual diversity in general. Each suggestion is vital for creating an effective policy, and is accompanied by a concrete example to better explain its purpose.

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Explaining

Explaining to Parents and Colleagues

Most people are open to the idea of teaching children about family diversity. But introducing the subject of same-sex parenting can lead to worries about the possible reaction of parents or colleagues. How can we respond to fears, criticisms and other reservations? We provide a list of possible questions, comments and responses.

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[First Contact]

First Contact with Gay and Lesbian Parents: Forms and Letters

Often, the first contact parents have with schools or other institutions involves forms to fill out. These families are made up of not only same-sex parents, but also adoptive or foster parents, stepparents, or other family members such as grandparents. In order to reach all of these families, schools and community organizations should use inclusive, neutral language in their forms and documents. In so doing, institutions send a strong positive message that they are open to family diversity. This module suggests how to develop inclusive letters and forms.

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[Resources]

Resources on homoparental families

This module is a list of resources available to professionals working with homoparental families. This list is not exhaustive, but it is an excellent starting point for those interested in learning more about the realities of gay and lesbian parents and their children. It is important to note that many books and videos listed here are from France or the U.S., where the legal status of homoparental families and same-sex couples is different from that of Québec.

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[Five Activities]

Five Awareness-Raising Activities to Carry Out Amongst Colleagues

The following exercises have been adapted from a tool called the GLSEN Lunchbox. They were designed to help spark discussion on how to fight homophobia and become more inclusive of homoparental families. The exercises can be used as part of a training session, or simply as informal activities between colleagues (for example, over a lunch break).

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ENGLISH

Bilingual Bibliography on Homoparental Families

The 'classic' research articles on homoparental families (concerning parental capacity and child development).

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[Slideshow]

Homoparental family slideshow

This homoparental family slideshow can be used as a sensitization tool on family diversity and as a springboard for discussion (length - 10 minutes).

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[Lesbian-Headed Families]

Nanette Gartrell and Henny Bos: Longitudinal Study on Lesbian-Headed Families

US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study: Psychological adjustment of 17 year old adolescents

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Adolescents of the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Behavior, and Sexual Risk Exposure

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[Gay Father Families]

Adoptive Gay Father Families: Parent-Child Relationships and Children's Psychological Adjustment
Golombok et. al. (2014)

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[Transgender Parents]

Transgender Parents: a document from Lambda Legal

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[Books for Youths]

Book Lists for Youths

Ouvrages pour enfants traitant de l'homoparentalité (APGL) (French only)

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Recommended LGBT-Positive Titles for BC Schools

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Littérature jeunesse (préscolaire/primaire) - CSQ (French only)

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Essais littérature jeunesse pour le secondaire - CSQ (en anglais seulement)

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Physical education and sports

[Only for... (elementary)]

"Only For...": An activity for elementary school physical education classes.

A - Presentation (for the teacher)

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[Homophobia in Sports]

"Homophobia in Sports": An activity for high school level physical education classes

A - Presentation (for the teacher)

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B - Robert Pilon's text

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C - Code of conduct

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D - Mutual Respect Pledge

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Comité olympique canadien (COC)

Espace scolaire et sportif plus sécuritaire pour les jeunes et les athlètes LGBTQ
Le Programme des ambassadeurs Une équipe a pour but de vous soutenir dans la création d'espaces scolaires et sportifs plus sécuritaires pour les jeunes et les athlètes LGBTQ. De concert avec ses partenaires stratégiques, le Fonds Égale Canada pour les droits de la personne (Égale) et You Can Play, le Comité olympique canadien (COC) a développé des ressources pour les élèves, les éducateurs et les ambassadeurs comme vous.

Une équipe : Création d'espaces sécuritaires pour les personnes LGBTQ

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Une équipe : Devenir un allié

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Une équipe : Fausses croyances sur les personnes LGBTQ

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Une équipe : Parler de l'identité de genre

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Une équipe : Stopper le harcèlement en contexte scolaire ou sportif en 3 minutes ou moins

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[Reacting to Children's Homophobia]

Reacting to Children's Homophobic Words and Actions

Often educators and other school personnel do not know how to respond when homophobic insults are used between students. How can we systematically intervene and reaffirm the fundamental value that intolerance has no place at school? We propose questions, answers and comments that you can use as possible responses to homophobia in the school setting.

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[Homophobia in Sport]

Seeing the Invisible, Speaking about the Unspoken: A Position Paper on Homophobia in Sport

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) has prepared this paper to initiate a discussion about homophobia in sport. CAAWS views it as a first step in a longer-term strategy to reduce homophobia in Canadian sport and to make sport an inclusive and safe place for all participants. This paper is not intended to provide an answer to the problem of homophobia in sport--but to start a discussion that will hopefully lead to future solutions.

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[Homophobia in Sport]

Leading the way: working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches

An anti-homophobia resource of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)

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[Out on the Fields]

Out on the Fields

The Out on the Fields study casts light on the prevalence of homophobia in sport in the UK, in Canada and around the world. The study identifies the many challenges and very real fears of discrimination that LGB athletes face. (English Only)

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[Showing your intention and being visible]

Showing your intention and being visible

By hanging up this Positive Space poster you can actively show that you support diversity and are ready to challenge stereotypes and discriminatory language.

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[Homophobic Language in Sport]

A Guide for Addressing Homophobic Language in Sport

In the same way that racist language is challenged, sport organizations and particularly staff and coaches, should feel confident responding to homophobic language whenever it happens. Addressing homophobic language and behaviour sends a strong message that disrespect and hurtful biases will not be tolerated from anyone. The purpose of this Guide is to provide individuals and organizations tools and resources needed to effective address homophobic language.

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[Understanding]

Understanding what lies behind the words

This classroom activity shows youth how all kinds of insults based on appearance, race, religion, sexuel orientation, etc. are similar. More specifically, the activity is intended to make children aware of the hurtful effect of homophobic insults (such as faggot, homo, queer and, when used pejoratively, the word gay), the reasons people use them, and the best ways to respond to them. Supplementary activities will give students the opportunity to consider the places where intimidation occurs and how they can be transformed into more secure environments.

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[Comments, actions, and insults are not accepted here]

"Sports Don't Care about Gender" poster

Poster by Marie Dauverné with the slogan "Homophobic, transphobic, racist and sexist comments and actions, as well as insults about gender expression are not accepted here."

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[Code of Conduct]

"Code of Conduct" poster

The contribution of every student is valuable. Each student deserves to be treated with respect. The diversity of a class or team is what makes it strong. When every student is valued, respected and feels included the class or team is more cohesive, everyone feels that they belong and everyone performs to their highest potential.

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LGBTQ youth and their parents: resources

[Coming Out]

Coming Out for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth

Coming out is an important part of developing a healthy, positive identity as an LGB individual. Adults in the school community (or any community that welcomes youth) are responsible for identifying themselves as allies so that young people know who they can turn to for support. This guide describes the process of coming out, serves as a tool to identify the needs of LGB youth, and helps adults to listen, support and provide resources.

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[Community Resources]

Community Resources that LGBT Youth Can Use

If you know of LGBT youth at your school or in your organization who are searching for support and community, this section will help you lead them to the numerous organizations for LGBT youth across Québec.

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[Health Resources]

Health Resources for Youth and Their Families

These resources address issues regarding the mental, psychological and physical well-being of LGBT youth and their families. They are free of charge and many are available 7 days a week.

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[Notre enfant est homosexuel

Notre enfant est homosexuel (2007) (French only)                                                                                                                                

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Outil de sensibilisation

Les jeunes de minorités sexuelles et la problématique du suicide : Outil de sensibilisation (French only)

Produit par le Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux dans le cadre du Plan d'action gouvernemental de lutte contre l'homophobie 2011-2016, cet outil de sensibilisation à la problématique du suicide chez les jeunes de minorités sexuelles est destiné aux intervenants du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux ainsi qu'aux organisations partenaires. Entre autres sont abordés les facteurs de risque et de protection ainsi que les interventions à privilégier selon les différents environnements de vie des jeunes.

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Fiche synthèse (jeunes)

Fiche synthèse sur le suicide : les réalités des jeunes LGBT (French only)

Un document crée par la Coalition des familles LGBT, la Chaire de recherche sur l'homophobie et Gai-Écoute

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Developing policies and forms

[Inclusive and non-discriminatory Policies]

How to Establish Inclusive and non-discriminatory Policies

This module contains suggestions for adapting current school policies to better include homoparental families and sexual diversity in general. Each suggestion is vital for creating an effective policy, and is accompanied by a concrete example to better explain its purpose.

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[First Contact]

First Contact with Gay and Lesbian Parents: Forms and Letters

Often, the first contact parents have with schools or other institutions involves forms to fill out. These families are made up of not only same-sex parents, but also adoptive or foster parents, stepparents, or other family members such as grandparents. In order to reach all of these families, schools and community organizations should use inclusive, neutral language in their forms and documents. In so doing, institutions send a strong positive message that they are open to family diversity. This module suggests how to develop inclusive letters and forms.

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Gender expression/trans identities

[Guide pour les établissements d'enseignement]

Mesures d'ouverture et de soutien envers les jeunes trans et les jeunes non binaires : Guide pour les établissements d'enseignement (French only)

Par ce guide, la Table nationale de lutte contre l'homophobie et la transphobie des réseaux de l'éducation vise à fournir un cadre de réflexion pour soutenir les établissements d'enseignement dans la mise en place de mesures concrètes d'ouverture et de soutien envers les jeunes trans et les jeunes non binaires.

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[Lignes directrices]

Lignes directrices relatives aux élèves transgenres de la Commission scolaire de Montréal

Les présentes lignes directrices se veulent un guide pratique et concis des responsabilités et des obligations qui incombent aux établissements scolaires accueillant des élèves transgenres (available in French only).

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[Standards of Care]

The Standards of Care

The overall goal of the SOC is to provide clinical guidance for health professionals to assist transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people with safe and effective pathways to achieving lasting personal comfort with their gendered selves, in order to maximize their overall health, psychological well-being, and self-fulfillment. This assistance may include primary care, gynecologic and urologic care, reproductive options, voice and communication therapy, mental health services (e.g., assessment, counseling, psychotherapy), and hormonal and surgical treatments. While this is primarily a document for health professionals, the SOC may also be used by individuals, their families, and social institutions to understand how they can assist with promoting optimal health for members of this diverse population.

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Guide for Educators

Supporting Transgender and Transsexual Students in K-12 Schools: A Guide for Educators

Canadian Teachers' Federation
Kristopher Wells, Gayle Roberts, and Carol Allan


This Canadian Teachers' Federation resource addresses cogently what the authors describe as a "relatively new phenomenon for schools" and one with which many are unfamiliar or only beginning to understand. Students, parents, families, healthcare professionals, and caregivers are rendering visible the experiences of students who are transgender and transsexual. Current research has identified this population as particularly vulnerable and requiring our collective, considered, and timely response. This guidebook is a comprehensive, thoughtful, and practical resource for those who are interested in learning about what we might do, individually and collectively, to attend to every student, every day, no exceptions.

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[L'impact de l'homophobie et de la violence homophobe]

L'impact de l'homophobie et de la violence homophobe sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires

Chercheur principal Line Chamberland, Université du Québec à Montréal (2011) :

La transphobie en milieu scolaire au Québec : Rapport de recherche (French only)

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[Transgender Parents]

Transgender Parents: a document from Lambda Legal

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