There are a lot of terms and identities that are used within and for the queer community. Check out this list to help you figure them out!
At OUTSaskatoon we believe that Education is one of our greatest tools in working to eliminate homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and the many other issues that negatively affect the Queer community. Our education platform uses a variety of materials, activities, and styles in order to effectively engage with any audience. Whether you're looking for professional development training for your staff, a presentation for your elementary school class, or diversity training for a business that wants to become queer inclusive, we've for the right resources for you!
Safe Schools Coalition is a Washington State based organization that aims to help schools become safe places where every teacher can teach, and every student can learn, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to their focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, their mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. "We believe that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action." *They created the gender unicorn!
Appraises the importance of establishing/maintaining healthy relationships with people from diverse backgrounds who may or may not express differing values, beliefs, standards, and/or perspectives (i.e., people of various ages, cultures, socio-economic status, faiths, family structures, sexual orientations, and cognitive/physical abilities).
View, listen to, read, and respond to a variety of visual, multimedia (including digital), oral, and print texts that address the grade-level themes and issues related to identity, social responsibility, and efficacy including those that reflect diverse personal identities, worldviews, and backgrounds (e.g., appearance, culture, socio-economic status, ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, career pathway).
Embedding LGBTQ2S+ inclusion into curriculum subjects is easier than it might initially appear. Here are a few examples of lessons, which you are free to use, as well as further suggestions according to subject areas.
Gay-Straight Alliance Resources
OUTSaskatoon's GSA Guide can be used a weekly template for your GSA or can simply be used as inspiration for when you are planning activities for your GSA. The guide includes monthly programming that focused on specific themes with activities that focus on either educational, support-based, or social initiatives. There are many ways to run a GSA, and all are great, so choose whatever is best for your student's, school, and community.
Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a next-generation LGBTQ2S+ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.
This guide draws upon current legislation, law, educational policy and research to develop a critical framework for creating and sustaining gay–straight student alliances (GSAs) in Alberta schools. Practical strategies, suggestions and a list of frequently asked questions are provided to help school administrators, counsellors, teachers and students anticipate and overcome potential barriers and challenges to this important social justice and human rights work.
Saskatchewan Gay Straight Alliance Summit
The Saskatchewan Gay Straight Alliance Summit is an annual provincial summit for students, teachers, and administrators that currently attend a school with a GSA, are planning on eventually establishing a GSA at their schools, or are simply looking to find out more about the Queer and Trans community. The first summit took place in Saskatoon in 2016 and since then over 400 students, teachers, and administrators have attended, learned, and left with resources to take back to their schools and communities. The next summit will be taking place in Regina in November 2018.
Stay tuned for a registration announcement.
Books - Elementary School
Books - High School
Luna, by Julie Anne Peters
Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Steven Chbosky
Keeping You a Secret, by Julie Anne Peters
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli
Something Like Summer, by Jay Bell
Maybe With a Chance of Certainty, by John Goode
End of the Innocence, by John Goode
Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Just Juliet, by Charlotte Reagan
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson