• Petitioned Donna Quan

This petition was delivered to:

Deputy Director Academic, TDSB
Donna Quan
Deputy Director Operations, TDSB
Penny Mustin
Chief Academic Officer Program Support & Focused Interventions Coordinating, TDSB
Karen Gravitis
Superintendent Inclusive Schools, Student, Parent and Community, TDSB
Jim Spyropoulos
Director, TDSB
Chris Spence
Chair, TDSB
Chris Bolton
Vice-Chair, TDSB
Shaun Chen

TDSB, Don't Cut Funding To Your Valuable LGBTQ Support Work!!!

    1. Petition by

      Casey Oraa

      Toronto, Canada

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June 2012

Victory

Greetings Everyone! Thanks to our collective and vocal support for the excellent work performed by the Gender Based Violence Prevention office, all the cuts have been rescinded! A huge thanks to everyone who signed and shared the petition! Without our pressure, the cuts would have gone through but thanks to our efforts, the TDSB will maintain its excellent LGBTQ support work via its GBVP office. Congrats all around! In sol, Casey

Days after Bill 13 passed, the TDSB is looking at laying off half of the seven person staff at the Gender-Based Violence Prevention (GBVP) Office!!! This small but powerful staff supports some of the important following work undertaken at the TDSB:

-Generating a positive space campaign that includes the training of representatives in all 600 schools
-Recognizing student leadership through GSA awards, and,
-Partnering on a GSA national summit scheduled for next year

The TDSB easily leads the way in Ontario when it comes to its access and equity policies and the GBVP is the frontline is ensuring these policies and practices are carried out - especially with regards to supporting LGBTQ youth!

Now, with the passage of Bill 13, the need for continued funding to the GBVP office is all the more important in ensuring that the measures contained with Bill 13 are properly implemented. As well, the TDSB's own achievement gap data indicates an increasing rate in drop outs and lower graduation among LGBTQ-identified youth. Now is not the time to cut such essential services such as the GBVP office.

The Board will be voting on the budget June 13 so we don't have much time! Take a second today and sign the petition to let the TDSB know that you support the valuable work performed by the GBVP office and that you support their continued funding!

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    1. Success and a Huge Thanks!!!

      Casey Oraa
      Petition Organizer

      Greetings Everyone!

      Thanks to our collective and vocal support for the excellent work performed by the Gender Based Violence Prevention office, all the cuts have been rescinded!

      A huge thanks to everyone who signed and shared the petition! Without our pressure, the cuts would have gone through but thanks to our efforts, the TDSB will maintain its excellent LGBTQ support work via its GBVP office. Congrats all around!

      In sol,
      Casey

    2. Reached 200 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Warren Greene TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      With all the LGBT2Q staff at TDSB, you would think that they would support their students as well, shame!

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    • Janice Gladstone TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      As an out administrator in the TDSB, I see first-hand the value of leadership in supporting LGBT students and staff alike. And let's not forget, GBV is also a serious heterosexual issue. We need to remain focused on the great work we do in the board in the strategic direction: identifying disadvantage and intervening effectively.

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    • j wallace TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because homophobia and gender based violence continue to be a significant problem in our schools, and we know that general anti-bullying programs are not nearly as effective as specific targeted ones. Because I still meet teachers who believe they can not talk about LGBTQ people, our identities, our communities, our history in their classrooms, and because I meet students who say that teachers do not confront and challenge homophobia. Because trans students still struggle to gain access to safe bathrooms, because people still act as if transition is new and scarey, because all students continue to get sorted into two gender boxes, and told that those two boxes contain all human experience.

      Because my child will enter the school rich in the knowledge that gender and sex to not automatically define each other, and that there are many options for gender. Because my child also has queer and trans parents, and I need to know that not only will y child be safe at school, but that also hir family will be valued, celebrated and included.

      Because we need this work to be happening.

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    • Johannah May Black TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      As Chair of the Triangle Program Community Council, I share a concern for all LGBTIQ students regardless which schools they attend. The most recent data shows the LGBTIQ students STILL dropout at the highest rates. There is a definite NEED for this office in order to help these marginalized students find their way in a system that largely does not care for them.

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    • Kendall F TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      It will be naive to think their work is done because the bill passed. In fact, TDSB should be adding new GBVP officers

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