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posted Oct 10, 2012, 1:22 PM by Teacher MisterGo




The TDSB's Gender-Based Violence Prevention Mailing List:


In addition to TDSB Positive Space Representatives in every school, students belonging to over ONE HUNDRED Trans-Positive Queer-Straight Alliances / Gay-Straight Alliances and Gender-Justice student groups have signed up to receive resources, event announcements and other news related to Gender-Based Violence Prevention.




In this issue:



1.  BOYOBOY Workshop:  Free Film Screening "The Celluloid Closet"

         (TONIGHT:  Tuesday, October 9, 7 - 9 pm)



2.  LGBTQ Sport Leadership program.  Invitation extended to Queer and Trans Phys-Ed teachers and Sports Coaches.

(Application Deadline:  Thursday, October 11)



3. Call-Out to Women/Trans Community Groups to Participate in Spoken Word/Sound Art Workshop

          (Fall 2012)



4. Sexuality and Schools: What are we teaching? What do we have to learn? Discussion at OISE

            (October 29, 5:30-8 pm)



5.  ETFO Educator Award for Excellence in Inclusive and Safe Schools Initiatives

         (Nomination Deadline:  October 26, 2012)



6.  Speak-Up Grants!  Get $1000 for your school project, club, GSA, etc.

          (Application Deadline:  November 2, 2012)



7.  Multiplicity: Storytelling Workshop -- A journey through the many faces of historical prejudice, gender identity, stereotypical thinking and language barriers

           (October 22, 23 in Toronto)





1.  BOYOBOY Workshop:  Free Film Screening "The Celluloid Closet"

         (Tuesday, October 9, 7 - 9 pm)









    2.  LGBTQ Sport Leadership program.  Invitation extended to Queer and Trans Phys-Ed teachers and Sports Coaches.

(Application Deadline:  Thursday, October 11)


The 519 and OutSport Toronto are proud to announce a new partnership initiative aimed at increasing the skill and capacity of Toronto’s amateur LGBTQ sport and recreation organizations.  With the support of Community Recreation Investment Funding from the City of Toronto, this new program will provide an intensive skill development program for up to 40 emerging leaders in Toronto’s LGBTQ sport community. Participants will attend OutSport Toronto's SCRUM, followed by a day-long retreat session in November and six 3-hour skill-building workshops. There is no cost to participants.


We know that Toronto's LGBTQ leagues have struggled with:

  • recruiting executive members
  • building a volunteer base for events or operations
  • engaging youth, women or trans people
  • supporting and developing emerging leaders

The program is aimed at providing practical skills in areas such as governance, finance and communications as well as opportunities to develop leadership, teamwork and group dynamic skills.  Participants will also spend time discussing the politics and culture of sport including gender in sport, how sport can be used as a tool in building communities and the barriers to engaging marginalized communities in sport and recreation.

  • Are you looking for a way to get more involved in your association, group or league?
  • Have you been active in your organization and want to take your skill and knowledge to a new level?
  • Are you excited to meet and build relationships with other LGBTQ people who are involved in sport and recreation in Toronto?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this program is for you.  Complete the following form to apply for the LGBTQ Sport Leadership Program. You will be asked to provide your contact information, some background on your sport or recreation involvement and your evening and weekend availability for scheduling.


There are only 40 spots available in the inaugural edition of this program.

We will be accepting applications until October 11, 2012.

  To apply Visit: http://www.the519.org/programsservices/sportandrecreation/lgbtqsportleadershipprogram


For more information about the program or regarding the application process, please contact:

Barb Besharat
Sport and Community Engagement Specialist
BBesharat@The519.org | 416-392-6874





3.   Call-Out to Women/Trans Community Groups to Participate in Spoken Word/Sound Art Workshop

THRIVE sound art workshops for women and trans community groups

Dates: Fall 2012
Cost: free


THRIVE, the multicultural women's coalition against violence and oppression, is searching for women and trans groups in Toronto who are interested in a two and a half to three hour sound art/spoken word workshop. It will include discussion and sound art making. All materials and facilitators will be provided, along with a small honourarium, public transit tokens and a certificate for each participant. We prefer to lead this workshop with groups of 12 or less people, who already meet on a regular basis and have access to a space where the workshops could be held. It would also be an asset if the organization affiliated with the group would agree to provide a light snack for participants.

With support from Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council, THRIVE is partnering with Rozina Kazi and Nicholas Murray of LAL to host these workshops for participants to share their gendered experiences in the city through sound and spoken word. Participants will create a collaborative track to contribute to an album that will be launched during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence between November 25 and December 10, 2012.


Contact: 416-397-0258 | safetycoordinator@metrac.org




4. Sexuality and Schools: What are we teaching? What do we have to learn? Discussion at OISE

            (October 29, 5:30-8 pm)





5.  ETFO Educator Award for Excellence in Inclusive and Safe Schools Initiatives

         (Nomination Deadline:  October 26, 2012)



This award is to be presented to an active ETFO member who has demonstrated excellence in the development, creation or promotion of an in-school initiative to foster a climate of safety and acceptance for all, with a particular focus on bullying prevention.

The recipient of the award shall receive $500 and a certificate of recognition from the Canadian Safe Schools Network.

The award will be presented at The 16th Annual Unforgettable Dinner on November 20th, 2012, at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

Application information and forms can be found athttp://www.canadiansafeschools.com/news/currentNews/EFTOCSSNAward2012.htm

We encourage all eligible educators to apply!





6.  Speak-Up Grants!  Get $1000 for your school project, club, GSA, etc.

          (Application Deadline:  November 2, 2012)


SpeakUp project applications are open!
Download the application form athttp://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/students/speakup/ and start your submission today!
Application deadline is November 2, 2012.



7.  Multiplicity: Storytelling Workshop -- A journey through the many faces of historical prejudice, gender identity, stereotypical thinking and language barriers

           (October 22, 23 in Toronto)

It began in the beginning. The child was born between two dates, precisely at 00:00:00, between Monday and Tuesday, May and June. Excuse me, asked the physician, which date would you like as the birth date. Either or is okay. Then choice of Nationality: Excuse us, asked Bureaucracy, which passport would you like? You can’t have both. Thereafter followed the rest:  Mother - or father tongue, urban or rural, God or Darwin, him or her, here or there? Excuse me, but you better define yourself! Neithereitherbothandnororaswellas...
A journey through the many faces of historical prejudice, gender identity, stereotypical thinking and language barriers. Dressed in verbal slapstick humour and precise physical timing, Ragnhild mixes autobiographical anecdotes with myths and tales in an attempt to work against peoples urge to label others and oneself.
Ragnhild A. Mørch trained in storytelling, directing, physical theatre and dramaturgy, and has worked in live arts since 1996. Her projects include storytelling for BBC’s Music Live event in Hyde Park, direction of large scale outdoor promenade performances in Norway and England, collaboration with The Norwegian Broadcasting, drama teaching and play writing. She has been Artistic Director of a regional theatre centre with tasks as divert as financial management, staff management and marketing.  
Since 2005 she is a full time storyteller and focuses on storytelling both as performance art and as an educational tool for professional and personal development. She is Artistic Manager of the training course “Storytelling in Art and Education” at the Berlin University of the Arts and has lectured at the University of Roehampton, London. Over a period of four years, she received funding to run long term research projects in schools in England to look into the effect of storytelling on children’s learning and personal development. 
She is invited to festivals all over Europe and her repertoire spans from fairytales to myths; historic events to urban legends; autobiographical stories to tall tales. Her studies in physical theatre and mime provide her with a unique physicality and precise timing and she tells her stories in Norwegian, German and/or English.
To book a performance contact:  ram@ramorch.com

TDSB PRIDE Student Social

posted Jun 4, 2012, 2:37 PM by Earl Haig PRIDE

Celebrate the PROUD achievements of our students!

Food + Drinks!

Performances by local LGBTQ artists!


Everyone is welcome!

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 27th 4 - 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  The 519 Church St. Community Centre


posted Jun 4, 2012, 2:36 PM by Earl Haig PRIDE

Feel like you don't fit into the gay/straight categories around sexuality? Need a safe space to talk about sexual fluidity and attraction to more than one gender? Want to connect with other youth with similar experiences? Then come out and check out Fluid! 

Fluid is an 8-week group for sexually-fluid, bisexual, pansexual, bi-curious, omnisexual, questioning and other youth (29 and under) who don't fit neatly into categories around sexuality. We come together to explore themes around bisexuality and sexual fluidity through group discussions, art, games and fun. Snacks and TTC tokens are provided.

WHEN:  Tuesdays, 7-9 pm, June 5 - July 24 (8 weeks) 

WHERE:  Sherbourne Community Health Centre, 333 Sherbourne Street, 2nd floor 

REGISTER:  To register, please email soynatalyn@gmail.com or call 416-324-5077 

Submit a video to win the Rise Against Homophobia contest AND/OR Apply to be on the National Jury

posted May 30, 2012, 2:45 PM by Earl Haig PRIDE   [ updated May 30, 2012, 2:48 PM ]


Out in Schools is excited to announce that our Rise Against Homophobia Short Video Contest is expanding Coast to Coast!


Calling all youth across Canada, aged 12 – 19!

Gather your friends and create a 30-60 second public service announcement video that challenges homophobia and bullying and promotes safe and diverse communities!


Use your digital camera, smart phone or any other device to create your message and submit it to us before June 11, 2012.


For more details visit http://www.outinschools.com.


To submit your video email contest@outinschools.com




Rise Against Homophobia Youth Jury


Do you love watching films?!?!?!?


Do you like making important decisions about the care and safety of your community?


If yes, we want you!


Apply to be part of the Rise Against Homophobia Youth Video Contest Jury!


Out in Schools is looking for people age 12 - 25  to be official jury members to select winners for the Rise Against Homophobia Youth Short Video Contest. Our national Youth Jury will be comprised of young people from all across Canada. Jurors will view and rank video submissions. No travel is necessary to be on the national jury, however all jury members will need to have access to the internet to screen video submissions.  

For an application visit:  http://www.outinschools.com

Sign up for Canada's First National GSA Summit and National Pride Prom: OUTSHINE 2013

posted May 30, 2012, 2:45 PM by Earl Haig PRIDE   [ updated May 30, 2012, 2:47 PM ]

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Egale Canada have partnered to host Canada's First National Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Summit for secondary school students in May 2013. We’re inviting GSAs from across the country to come and make homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia history by taking part in Canada’s largest GSA Summit.
Sign up at www.tdsb.on.ca/GBVP and click on the OUTSHINE button to become an actve OUTSHINE community memeber .  You will receive more information on summit events, like Canada's First National Pride Prom and registration. In the meantime, you can check out who else is planning on attending, and start building networks within your local region.



SOY's Get Out

posted May 29, 2012, 9:24 AM by Earl Haig PRIDE

This summer SOY’s Get Out is offering 2 canoe trips for LGBTTI2SQQ youth ages 15-29.  With Project Canoe (facebook.com/ProjectCanoe) as our guides, we will explore the breathtaking beauty of the wilds of Temagami.  Want a unique adventure, while connecting with other LGBTQ youth? Like learning new skills? Been looking for ways to boost your confidence and self-esteem? Come check us out. 

Wilderness camping is challenging and can seem daunting. Some shy away from it thinking they are incapable of surviving. With professional guides and peers alongside, you may discover talents you never knew you had. Canoe tripping is an incredible way to experience personal growth as obstacles are faced and overcome in the stunning scenery of Northern Ontario. Every day brings new sights, new sounds, and new adventure. Come join Get Out for a journey that you will remember for many years to come. 

Important Dates:
MAY 31st: Deadline for sending the interest form below 
JULY 15th: Canoe Safety Day in Toronto 
AUGUST 2nd-6th: The 5-day Trip 
AUGUST 20th-27th: The 8-day Trip 

If you are interested please send an email to GetOut@sherbourne.on.ca by May 31st with the following information: 

1. Your Name (the name you use) 
2. Your Age 
3. Email Address 
4. Facebook Name (optional) 
5. How did you hear about this trip? 
6. Which trip could you commit to: 5-day, 8-day, either, not sure? 
7. How would you describe your canoeing or camping level? Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Superhero 
8. Why do you want to go on a canoe/camping trip? 

We will get in touch with you to make a time to meet in person. 
Check out www.soytoronto.org for more about Supporting Our Youth and Get Out.

Upcoming Events and Campaigns from Jer's Vision

posted May 9, 2012, 6:59 AM by Earl Haig PRIDE

In celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia—May 17, we thought we might highlight some events & campaigns you can get involved with right now!
First off, IMChangeD is hosting YOUnqiue Ties, the official Toronto Launch of the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia & fundraiser for JersVision.org on May 11, 2012 (THIS FRIDAY). The event starting at 8:30pm at The Richmond (477 Richmond St W, at Spadina) will feature comedians: Andrew Johnston, Derek Forgie, Aastha & Mo Arora; as well as special guest politicians: Peggy Nash, Craig Scott, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Minister Glenn Murray, Cheri DiNovo, and Adam Vaughan.
Tickets are $50 each and are running out FAST! Get yours NOW at: IMChanged.net, and use the promo code ‘jersvision’ to get $10 off.
This year the theme for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is ‘Sexual diversity in the workplace’ You can get FREE resources like posters and information in Canada at HomophobiaDay.org.
In celebration of diversity, our friends at the Dutch Embassy in Canada are hosting a nation wide contest: Ivincetincanada! This campaign challenges students to use their imagination and make their own artwork, just as Vincent van Gogh did. Canadian and Dutch students between the ages of 6 and 16 can enter the contest. Canadian students can win a trip to Ottawa to visit the ‘Van Gogh: Up Close’ exhibition, while Canadian and Dutch students are both eligible to win other prizes, including Dutch Vincent van Gogh bicycles. To enter the contest go to: www.facebook.com/ivincentincanada  The deadline is May 22, 2012
Also, from the David Suzuki Foundation is offering $100 gift certificate prize for those who complete the National Youth Survey sharing their experiences with nature. Check out the survey contest here!
Have a great day of action!
The Jer's Vision Team!

Join Egale Canada for Breakfast on Thursday, May 17th as we mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

posted May 9, 2012, 6:58 AM by Earl Haig PRIDE   [ updated May 9, 2012, 7:01 AM ]

Invitation on MyGSA.ca: http://mygsa.ca/node/10182

Invitation on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/305001716247471/

Organize a May 25th, 2012 Field Trip for your GSA and your entire School

posted Apr 30, 2012, 5:44 AM by Earl Haig PRIDE



(May 25, 2012 a.m.)



 InsideOut Film Screening 

(May 25, 2012 p.m.)


PART 1 of the Day

The GSA of Newtonbrook is proud to present, Steppin' Out: A Celebration of Diversity. A moderator will converse with Brian Burke, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs and with six high profile openly queer people who will discuss their experiences while in high school and university, their career, and their relationships with both family and friends. Students will then have the opportunity to ask questions to the panelist of their choice.
The panel will run on Friday, May 25 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
It is being held at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
THIS SPECIAL EVENT IS FREE! However, there is limited capacity in the theatre. 

1.  Teachers must REGISTER with David Fogel (david.fogel@tdsb.on.ca) with student numbers. 

Please advertise the event to your entire student population.

Special dignitaries will be there, as well as various members of the media. It promises to be a very special day for all involved. Heightened awareness and greater tolerance for our student gay population is a must! 

Part 2 of the DAY

After the panel discussion, students will have a break for lunch and then are invited to attend a special film screening from 1 - 3 p.m 

2.  Teachers must REGISTER for the film with Diana Khong [diana@insideout.ca] with student numbers

The cost is $6 per ticket.

MOVIE:  No Look Pass ( http://www.nolookpassthemovie.com/)

DATE:  May 25th – 1pm

LOCATION:  TIFF Bell Lightbox

PRICE:  $6/ticket

Diana Khong [diana@insideout.ca]

Marketing and Education Coordinator

Inside Out - Challenging Attitudes and Changing Lives


About the Movie:


NO LOOK PASS is the coming-of-age American Dream story of Emily "Etay" Tay, a first generation Burmese immigrant from Chinatown, Los Angeles, who breaks all of the rules of tradition. After living a double life at Harvard University, she strives to play professional basketball in Germany while coming out as a lesbian. Emily's dreams are no slam dunk — family, race, and Don't Ask Don't Tell conspire against her, firing her passions on and off the court.

Day of Silence on April 20th

posted Apr 19, 2012, 9:30 AM by Earl Haig PRIDE

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for students of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. From the first-ever Day of Silence at a single school in 1996, to the organizing efforts now in tens of thousands of schools and campuses, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.
Are homophobia and transphobia real in our schools?

Here are some of the results of phase one of Egale Canada First National Survey on Homophobia in Canadian Schools (2008)

LGBTQ = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Two-Spirit, queer and questioning

• Over two-thirds of LGBTQ participants reported that they felt unsafe at school, compared to 1 in 5 straight participants.
• Over one-third have skipped school because they felt unsafe there or on their way there, compared to one-eighth of straight participants.
• Half the LGBTQ participants are only out to a few friends at school, or to no one at school.
• Over half of LGBTQ participants reported that they have been verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation.
• Almost half (49%) have had mean rumours spread about them at school.
• Almost a third (31%) have had mean rumours spread on the internet or through text messages because they are LGBTQ.
• Over a quarter have been physically harassed because of their sexual orientation.
• 41% had been sexually harassed compared to 19% of straight kids.
• LGBTQ participants reported feeling unsafe on school buses, in the gym and changing rooms, in the cafeteria, under stairwells, and in hallways.
• LGBTQ participants who had been harassed or assaulted were much less likely than straight participants to report it to school staff members.
• Fewer than half felt comfortable talking to their parents about LGBTQ issues.
• Almost half (47.5%) agreed with the statement, "It is hard for me to feel accepted at my school" (compared to one fifth [19%] of straight participants).
• Almost two-thirds (62%) agreed with the statement, "Sometimes I feel very depressed about my school" (compared to just over one-third [36%] of straight participants).
• Almost 40% of straight participants reported that they made homophobic remarks sometimes or frequently.
• 19% of LGBTQ participants made homophobic remarks sometimes or frequently, perhaps to fit in. [http://www.egale.ca/ ]

Students across the country participate in the Day of Silence to bring attention to this problem, let students who experience such bullying know that they are not alone and ask schools to take action to address the problem.

Have your staff advisor to your school's Queer-Straight Alliance register your student group at www.tdsb.on.ca/gbvp and at www.mygsa.org

The Day of Silence is an opportunity for students to work toward improving school climate for all students.The day is most successful when staff and students work together to show their commitment to ensuring safe schools for all students. There is no single way to participate, and students are encouraged to take part in the way that is the most positive and uplifting for their school.
For more information, please visit the TDSB Gender Based Violence Prevention Website http://www.tdsb.on.ca/gbvp.

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