June is Pride Month

June is Pride Month
Posted on 05/31/2022

Background

June is recognized internationally as Pride Month to honour the struggles and celebrate 2SLGBTQ+ cultures, identities and communities.  By flying the OCDSB Pride Flag, OCDSB is reaffirming its values and commitment to creating and sustaining a culture of caring where 2SLGBTQ+ students, families and staff matter and are welcome, seen and represented at OCDSB. It is an important statement. Recognizing and embedding a culture of caring for 2SLGBTQ+ students, families and staff members does not end with simply flying the OCDSB Pride Flag during Pride Month.


Simple Actions To Take 

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1. 2SLGBTQ+ Representation in the Classroom. Representation within the curriculum and classroom is a human right.  Erasure of 2SLGBTQ+ identities from the curriculum is a form of discrimination. Teachers have a professional and legal obligation to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for 2SLGBTQ+ students and families by embedding resources that reflect and respect 2SLGBTQ+ identities throughout curriculum subject materials and the learning environment at all levels from K to Grade 12. (See OCDSB Gender Identity and Gender Expression Guide; Canadian Museum of Human Rights Speak Truth to Power Canada; Egale’s  #HearOurStories or Courage in the Face of Hate)


2. Pronouns and Names. Share your pronouns with your class and invite them to share their own. Put your pronouns in your email signature line. Use your students’ preferred names and pronouns. These are part of our obligation as educators to recognize and affirm 2SLGBTQ+ identities and make classrooms welcoming and safer spaces for all.  (See Every Day Practices for Gender Friendly Classrooms by Dr. Lee Airton)


3. Stop Discrimination. As educators, we have a legal obligation to interrupt, name and address homophobic and transphobic abuse when it happens. This requires us to intervene when slurs are used against 2SLGBTQ+ students. This case study gives an example of how to sensitively intervene when slurs are used. 


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