Monday, April 28, 2014

B.C. Youth Week is Near!


 Check out all of the great activities going on through May 1 to May 7th!
 http://www.bcyouthweek.com/youth-week-events/
 

What is Out in Schools?

Out in Schools engages youth through film in the promotion of safer and more diverse learning environments, free from homophobia, transphobia and bullying.

Homophobia, transphobia and bullying are serious issues facing today's youth, particularly queer youth. By bringing queer films to local high schools to facilitate discussion with youth on bullying, homophobia and stereotypes, we give youth a safer space to explore these issues. We aim to increase understanding through education to combat the issues threatening the safety of our classrooms for all students.

This innovative education program brings independent queer film into BC schools and communities to initiate discussions with students about safety, homophobia and bullying. Launched in 2004, Out in Schools has been garnering critical acclaim across the province ever since!

Out in Schools works with school boards, educators, community organizations and student-run Gay Straight Alliances to reduce isolation and increase the safety of learning environments for all youth in our communities. The future of Out in Schools is shaped by the feedback we receive from students which has been overwhelmingly supportive for both the films and the facilitation discussion afterwards. From the early days of working with GSAs we have grown to incorporate presentations to entire Planning 10 classes and auditorium presentations. We feel our success is largely due to providing students with positive Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) role models and our commitment to education.

If you are interested in having a screening at your school please contact Jen Sung, Out in Schools Program Coordinator, via email at youth_education@outonscreen.com.


Friday, April 25, 2014

Gen-Out Tri-Cities

Hello everyone!

We are meeting again Monday Night at 6pm!  Hope to see you all there!

Gen Out Meeting time: Monday 6PM-8PM Please feel free to call me (604-708-2632) to leave a Voice-mail and I would be more than happy to contact you and give you more information (details and location)!

Vancouver schools make LGBTQ policy

Vancouver School Board is developing a policy on how to work with transgender students — dealing with things such as use of washrooms, sex-segregated activities — with a vote planned May 20.

The draft policy outlined by associate superintendent Maureen Ciarniello aims to prevent bullying, ensure homophobic and trans-phobic complaints are dealt with, to protect those to identify themselves as LGBTQ, and to eliminate any barriers for the demographic.

Among the recommendations are that each elementary and secondary school have at least one person to be a contact for LGBTQ students, staff and their families.

All high schools should also have their own queer alliance clubs.

http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/04/21/vancouver-schools-make-lgbtq-policy

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pre-Register Now!!!


Just a reminder that ALL participants that want to attend the Starry Night Prom need to pre-register for this event at: 

genouttc@plea.bc.ca

with your name, age, contact number of parent/guardian (this information is for safety and we would only call if there is an emergency).

Your ticket and location information will be provided to you by email, once you have registered.

Questions? Contact Generation Out at: 604.708.2632

Dave 
Thanks to our friends at The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for starting such a powerful day to raise awareness about the issues faced by LGBT young people every day:

"Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by anti-LGBT bullying, name-calling and harassment.

I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward building awareness and making a commitment to address these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today."
To learn more, visit: http://www.dayofsilence.org

Vancouver Parks Board planning gender-neutral bathroom facilities



City council passed a motion to amend Vancouver’s building codes Sept 25, making it the first municipality in Canada to clearly include provision for gender-neutral washrooms in public buildings, according to city staff.

“It’s fantastic news, I think for everybody in Vancouver, for city council to take this leadership step toward building broader inclusion within building-code bylaw,” says Drew Dennis, who sits on the city’s LGBTQ advisory committee.

Trans and gender-variant people whose gender expression may not align with their biological sex are often harassed or accused of being in the wrong washroom, Dennis explains.
The amendment will give people more flexibility in “single-stalled washrooms that don’t have to be specified by gender,” says Dennis, who identifies as trans.

“It recognizes that there is a broad range of users that might benefit from this flexibility — of course trans and gender-variant folks, but as well, parents of children of the opposite sex, caregivers who have clients that are the opposite sex and so on,” Dennis says.

“There’s myself and many others — a whole spectrum of people — who are harassed based on the choice of the washroom that they choose to use. Allowing more flexibility, and allowing for different types of washrooms and different destinations, is a great step forward in eliminating some of that,” Dennis says.

Gay city councillor Tim Stevenson enthusiastically supported the amendment and called the bylaw changes “historic” and “a very, very significant step for the city.”
 “I’m very happy to support this. The amount of work that has gone into this is fantastic,” he told city council.

“We really do have a city that’s far ahead and this takes us another big step,” he added. “This is a really significant first in Canada. I think that there will be many other cities that will follow suit.”
Vancouver’s chief building official, Will Johnson, worked with both the LGBTQ and women’s advisory committees to draft the amendment.

If gender-neutral washrooms are installed, there are features that are needed to ensure that privacy and security concerns are addressed, Johnson noted in his report.
“One of the things we’ve heard a lot about is that when you have a gender-neutral washroom, there may be concerns if something went wrong in that washroom, when someone was crying for help,” Johnson said. “It’s either you provide no door into the washroom, or you provide a grill above the door that actually will allow any cries for help to be heard outside the washroom.”
Johnson says the code also includes specific requirements for washroom locking devices so it’s clear when washrooms are occupied.

Along with the provision of gender-neutral washrooms in city facilities, other approved amendments to the building codes addressed accessibility and adaptability for people with disabilities.
http://dailyxtra.com/vancouver/news/vancouver-passes-gender-neutral-washrooms-in-public-buildings
http://www.vancouversun.com/Video+Vancouver+Parks+Board+planning+gender+neutral+bathroom+facilities/9686644/story.html

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It was awesome to see so many faces last night!

Just a reminder that ALL participants that want to attend the 
Starry Night Prom need to pre-register for this event at: 

genouttc@plea.bc.ca

with your name, age, contact number of parent/guardian (this information is for safety and we would only call if there is an emergency).

Your ticket and location information will be provided to you by email, once you have registered.

Questions? Contact Generation Out at: 604.708.2632

Dave 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello everyone!

We are meeting tonight at 6pm!  Hope to see you all there!

Gen Out Meeting time: Monday 6PM-8PM Please feel free to call me (604-708-2632) to leave a Voice-mail and I would be more than happy to contact you and give you more information (details and location)!