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06/16/17

Today, trans Canadians celebrate Bill C-16. Tomorrow, the work begins for us all

Brenda Cossman is a professor of law and director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Ido Katri is a doctoral candidate, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar and Vanier Canada Scholar at the… +Read More
Teaching EAL students proves emotional
05/02/17

Teaching EAL students proves emotional

Trying to get a word in edgewise can sometimes be elusive if you’re talking to Laura Jorgenson during her English as an additional language class. If it’s not the phone ringing or students coming and going, there’s probably something else… +Read More
04/21/17

First look at gender-neutral washrooms at Sacred Heart Community School

After more than a year-and-a half of construction, Sacred Heart Community School is set to open on Monday featuring new gender-neutral washrooms. The washroom stalls will have floor-to-ceiling doors that lock and communal sinks for hand washing. A security camera… +Read More
04/19/17

Some parents concerned about gender-neutral bathrooms in new Regina schools

Some parents are concerned about Regina’s new schools because they all have gender-neutral bathrooms. “My eight-year-old daughter has voiced the most concerns,” said Rena Nepinak. “She feels very strongly about boys and girls using the bathrooms together and she’s not comfortable with it. It’s not familiar to her.” On Monday, Nepinak’s four children will be going to school at the new Sacred Heart School in central Regina. Nepinak said she agrees with gender-neutral bathrooms, but she just hopes her children... +Read More
11/03/16

Alberta LGBTQ school toolkit praised as ‘good start,’ but called ‘dangerous’ by critic

Mason Jenkins is a 27-year-old transgender Calgary man who began his transition about six years ago. “I just never really fit in those constructed ideas of what it means to be a little girl, what it means to be feminine in our society,” he explained. “Our school system is a very heteronormative system, so it doesn’t really provide experiences of transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirit, LGBTQ identities.” So for Jenkins, a new guidebook to help teachers discuss issues around gender,... +Read More
10/26/16

Education key for transgender acceptance, say advocates

A transgender woman living in Windsor says education is key in order for people to understand issues facing the LGBT community. Lorraine Sayell said a recent incident involving a genderqueer individual — who doesn’t identify as male or female — being refused service,… +Read More
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