I started my teaching career at a public middle school in Toronto about two decades ago. At that time, I was not comfortable being personally out to my students.
Homosexuality has been decriminalized in Canada for 50 years and yet many teachers still worry about offending the values and beliefs of homophobic people.
It isn’t easy to teach the history of homosexuality in Canada. We interviewed three gay men who were there and remember what it was like growing up before Decriminalization.
Gender fluid. Two-spirit. Trans. Cisgender. These are some of the terms students can use to describe where they are on the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identity.
In my Grade 10 Canadian History course, students explore LGBTQ+ history the same way they explore the stories of many different Canadians in the context of our history.