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Kids say the funniest things … anti-homophobia group work in the classroom

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For well over 12 years the Human Sexuality Program within Social Work Services of the Toronto District School Board has been serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) students, teachers, parents and their families. Alongside individual, family and group support to the LGBT communities in the board, the program has also been delivering anti-homophobia workshops to classrooms across the district from grades 1 to 12. At the classroom level, there has been a tremendous demand from teachers and schools seeking to fulfill their obligation under the school board's equity policy to create and maintain safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environments for LGBT students and students with LGBT parents. In the past two years much of the demand has come from teachers in the elementary panel, grades one to eight. This paper will discuss one aspect of the classroom work done in elementary schools, focusing on the students written responses to the anti-homophobia presentations.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Human Sexuality Program Ontario Canada

Publication date: 01 March 2004

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