HDSB, Don't Cut Your Only LGBTQ Support Position!!!
  • Petitioned Don Vrooman

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Chair, HDSB
Don Vrooman
Director, HDSB
David Euale
Vice-Chair, HDSB
Amy Collard
Trustee, HDSB
Ann Harvey-Hope
Trustee, HDSB
Dianna Bower
Trustee, HDSB
Donna Danielli
Trustee, HDSB
Jennifer Hlusko
Trustee, HDSB
Kathryn Bateman-Olmstead
Trustee, HDSB
Kelly Amos
Trustee, HDSB
Kristen Lochhead
Trustee, HDSB
Nancy MacNeill
Student Trustee, HDSB
Jason Earl
Student Trustee, HDSB
Rudy Unni

HDSB, Don't Cut Your Only LGBTQ Support Position!!!

    1. Petition by

      Casey Oraa

      Toronto, Canada

Fresh off our victory heading off cuts to LGBTQ support work at the Toronto District School Board (http://chn.ge/MJAK7B), a new concern has arisen although this time at the Halton District School Board (HDSB).

On June 20, the Board of the HDSB will meet to discuss their 2012-2013 budget. While cuts are being proposed to its Equity and Inclusive Education Team, noticeably absent from the budget is funding for the position of GSA Equity Facilitator.

In Halton, the GSA Equity Facilitator is the only position at the Board that specifically focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity. Some of the important work currently being performed by the GSA Equity Facilitator includes:

-Supporting Gay-Straight Alliances within the Board
-Facilitating training for teachers and staff
-Handling incident responses with regards to homophobia, transphobia and gender-policing
-Coordinating the Halton Inside and Out Conference (http://bit.ly/Hd7oAr)

Eliminating such a valuable position will only leave a huge gap in support for LGBTQ youth at the HDSB and with the recent passage of Bill 13, now is not the time to remove the only position that specifically focuses on issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.

But, it's not too late.

The budget still hasn't been finalized and we still have a chance to stop this cut before it happens. Sign today and let the HDSB know that you support the work performed by the GSA Equity Facilitator and that now is not the time to eliminate this valuable position! Call on the HDSB to continue funding the GSA Equity Facilitator position and to continue properly supporting LGBTQ youth within their schools!

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    • Jacqui Pegg TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      An anti-bullying bill is a necessary first step, but it is not the end of the process of making sure LGBT students get the support they need to succeed in school. They need allies and their School Boards need systemic change, including policies, ongoing training, proper investigation and response to complaints, and many other things. This is why positions such as GSA Equity Facilitator are necessary. Keep up the good work, HDSB, don't throw in the towel!

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    • Denise Lamanna TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Supporting LGBT youth and staff across an entire school board is a vital and time-intensive task. Without a staff person devoted to this issue, it is unlikely that it will be well incorporated into the Equity Office. It is far more likely that LGBT issues will just be sacrificed altogether.

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    • Trevor Holmes KITCHENER, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      High school is hard for lots of kids, and harder for kids who don't fit the norm. Please keep this position for those kids, who number more than you may think!

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    • Jen McMullen VICTORIA, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up in Toronto and having a GSA is so important to keeping kids alive in high school.

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    • Maggie Melanson MILTON, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      This position had a large effect on at my school in the fast growing town of Milton. The schools of Halton need guidance on anything related to LGBTT2IQQAA. It was participating in my school’s GSA and receiving guidance from the GSA Equity Facilitator that I found my passion in my life. Just like teachers Halton and all school boards need a GSA Equity Facilitator.

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