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ERIC Number: EJ841612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0889
British Columbia
Walton, Gerald
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education, v3 n4 p97-100 2006
The province of British Columbia has a dubious history where support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) issues in education is concerned. Most notable is the Surrey School Board's decision in 1997 to ban three picture books for children that depict families with two moms or two dads. The North Vancouver School Board has also generated public controversy. In 2004, a brief kiss between two women in a student drama production raised the ire of some parents and staff, resulting in its removal from the play. In a separate case, the BC Supreme Court quashed a 2002 ruling of the BC Human Rights Tribunal that awarded $4,000 to Azmi Jubran, a former student, who sued the Board for not providing adequate protection against years of homophobic bullying and harassment by his peers ("Jubran v. Board of Trustees," 2002). The message from these cases is clear: LGBT students, and those targeted with homophobic violence, need support and resources from their schools. The school districts of Victoria and Vancouver, however, have not shied away from taking steps to address homophobia in their schools. Drawing from a 1999 study conducted by the McCreary Centre Society in Vancouver, BC, the Greater Victoria School Board (GVSB) developed and implemented educational opportunities for administrators, provisions of increased safety for LGBT students, and support of student-led initiatives such as Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). Meanwhile, the Vancouver School Board (VSB) engaged in the process of adopting similar regulations. In 2004, the Board passed a policy and action plan that outlines steps for improving safety and inclusion for LGBT students, staff, and their families. Although it is probable that such recommendations may not find similar levels of support in rural areas in North America as they have in Victoria and Vancouver, it is still incumbent upon all school trustees and administrators, who seek to foster safety for all students, to initiate discussion on LGBT issues in education. The trustees and administrators of the GVSB and VSB have demonstrated such leadership on a politically potent issue. Other rural and urban school boards can use their policies and initiatives as templates from which to address LGBT issues in their particular regions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada