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From Redneck to Rainbow: The Rights & Freedoms of LGBTQ+ Youth Part Two, Episode #47



Should schools be able to tell parents if their child identifies in the LGBTQ spectrum? How do we project youth who are in family that would not accept who they are and cast them out onto the streets?

Not long after the amendment of the bill  the Minister of Education rolled out the The Guidelines for best practices: Creating learning environments that respect diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. The province told schools they had to submit a plan of how they would implement these guidelines into their schools. This was met with huge resistance from parents, community members and schools who felt their rights were being compromised.

 


From Redneck to Rainbow: The Rights & Freedoms of LGBTQ+ Youth Part One, Episode #46



I was new to municipal government but I was passionate about helping youth create change. One day the youth came into our meeting angry and frustrated. There was a government Bill called “Bill 10” that people were trying to pass and it stated that any youth in Alberta who wanted to have a GSA (Gay Straight Alliance or Gender & Sexuality Alliance) could be denied by their school.

These clubs have statistically proven to create tolerance and decrease bullying and suicide. The youth felt that it was not fair that these decisions were being made without the input of youth when it directly affects them and their peers.

I encouraged the youth to stand before the City Council as a delegation and ask for their support in amending the Bill.

After a great deal of preparation four of the youth bravely got up in front of the committee and identify as Transgender, Bi-sexual, Homosexual and Heterosexual youth. Their presentation was incredibly inspiring and left the adults in the room speechless.

Three days later, after youth across the province banned together to speak out, Bill 10 was amended. It was the first time since becoming an ally at age 18 that I actually saw youth speak out and effectively be heard. 

This is part one of their story.


I Promise Not To Tell: Raising A Transgender Child



Together, Cheryl and her husband raised their children telling them: “You can be anything and do anything you want in life.” They just never expected to learn that what their youngest daughter desired most was to be a boy. This deeply personal story, told from Mom’s perspective is about discovering the son they never knew they had.


Changing the world through education: My interview with a youth LGBTQ+ Advocate



Alyssa Sanderson is an advocate for the rights and freedoms of the  LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender & Queer) Community. I have had the privileged to work with them on many occasions and they constantly amaze me with their ability to inspire and create awareness around the importance of language and inclusion. What does Non-Binary, Gender-Fluid & Transgender mean? How can we educate ourselves to become allies to the new generations who promote tolerance and inclusion? Listen to this episode of Cara Jones Speaks and learn how you can become an ally!