Setting up a GSA

10 Faith-Based Reasons to Support LGBTQ Inclusive Education

  1. Human dignity is paramount.
  2. The ideals of compassion, acceptance, peace and love are shared by most religions and peoples throughout the world. Many religions have incredible histories of involvement with social justice and peace movements, activism, and a sense of duty to marginalized peoples.
  3. Most religions share the belief that one should treat others like one would like others to treat oneself.
  4. LGBTQ inclusive education does not teach that someone's religious values are wrong.
  5. LGBTQ inclusive education works toward ensuring that each student has a safe environment in which to learn. Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia foster, condone and willfully ignore violence and hate.
  6. The impact of disapproval and lack of acceptance opens individuals who identify as LGBTQ up to verbal, physical and emotional harassment, which are all forms of violence.
  7. Sexual orientation is a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights as well as provincial/territorial Human Rights Codes. Gender identity is also included as a prohibited ground in some provinces and territories. Please visit www.egale.ca for a current list.
  8. Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia hurt us all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Often, anyone who is perceived to be LGBTQ is subjected to harassment and victimization. Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia enforce rigid gender roles and norms, deny individual expression, and perpetuate stereotypes, myths and misinformation.
  9. LGBTQ inclusive education is NOT sex education. It is not about discussing or describing explicitly sexual activities. Support groups, such as Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) that gather in schools serve as safe places that allow students to meet and discuss issues relevant to their lives and circumstances.
  10. All human beings are valuable members of their communities regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.