Supporting LGBTQ+ Students

There should be more education for LGBTQ and i think there should be a whole new system in place. Up until 14, I didn't even know about gender identity and sexuality. There should be transparency about policies to deal with transgender students. They exist and we need to know more. These is an enormous spectrum and we need to understand how to support them. It's fluid and people move on the spectrum in their teens. School is home away from home so schools have to teach about yourself and how to understand others. - CAIS Student, 2015

CAIS Value: Inquiry and Understanding

We are committed to and promote life-long education, inquiry and independent thinking, the protection of human rights, and understanding and respect for differing perspectives and diversities among people.

This issue of transgender students is now a public conversation and many of our schools are already leading in the area of supporting students who are struggling with their identity. In our 2051 Project Student Focus Groups, we heard from our students that there is a need to address this area and provide more education (quote above).

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Transgender videos

A short documentary aired on 16x9 (Global Television).

Tracey Wilson and Harriet Cunningham are two 10-year-olds who were born as boys, but identify as girls. While their parents accept who they are - others don't - and "that" has ignited a debate - with both schools and the BC government.

When we're born, a doctor instantly deems us to be one of two things: Male or female. But gender isn't just between our legs. It's also between our ears. So, what happens when how we look on the outside clashes with how we feel on the inside? Do we settle? Do we change? And at the end of the day should gender really be as big a deal as society wants us think it is? In this talk Decker Moss explores these issues and more, as he struggled through not only one but two major gender-related transitions in his life.

Yee Won Chong shares a story about the challenges of navigating the world while transgender, and provides suggestions on being a good ally.

Yee Won Chong converts practical skills and experiences to train hundreds of grassroots activists on effective communication and fundraising for social, economic and environmental justice.

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