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Lgbt powerpoint

  1. 1. LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANS GENDERED DISCRIMINATION Ian Wilson COMM-LL041-12
  2. 2. TO GROW AS A COMMUNITY To combat the discrimination the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Gendered community face, we as a community need to focus on education to current and future generations. As well as education, cracking down on bullying against the LGBT community and being understanding of an individuals sexual orientation regardless of whether we agree with it or not is the key to their acceptance. We are all human; and we all deserve equality.
  3. 3. DID YOU KNOW?  21% Of LGBT students say bullying is biggest problem at school  51% of LGBT employees are not out at work  40% of homeless teens are part of the LGBT community  25% of LBGT teens are rejected by their own family  22% of LGBT members living in nursing homes feel they can be open about their gender identity with staff  LGBT community is 1.5x more likely to have social anxiety or depression than their heterosexual counterparts
  4. 4. WHAT TYPES OF DISCRIMINATION PLAGUES THE LGBT COMMUNITY? Discrimination against the LGBT community includes, but is not limited to:  Abuse (Both Physical and Verbal)  Exclusion from social or professional events or activities  Ignoring claims of LGBT members regarding physical or mental abuse  Unfair treatment in the workplace by employers and co-workers  Indirect abuse, such as graffiti or gossip
  5. 5. WHAT HAS THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT DONE TO PROTECT THE LGBT COMMUNITY?
  6. 6. THE INTRODUCTION OF SECTION 15 TO THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA  Section 15 was included in the Constitution of Canada in 1985  Section 15(1) reads: Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.  As section 15 covers ‘Every Individual’, they have included protection for both the straight and LGBT community equally
  7. 7. BUT HOW DOES SECTION 15 HELP PROTECT AGAINST LGBT DISCRIMINATION IN CANADA?
  8. 8. SECTION 15 IN THE WORKPLACE  Section 15 prohibits discrimination and harassment on several grounds (including race, sex, religion, sexual orientation) in private and public sector employment.  These are quasi-constitutional acts, meaning they override ordinary pre-existing laws, regulations, contracts and collective agreements an employer may have in place.  Section 15 does not apply if a consumer is making a claim against a business. These claims would be filed under the federal or provincial anti-discrimination legislation
  9. 9. SECTION 15 IN EDUCATION  All publicly owned schools are liable for any bullying towards LGBT students or staff members  All public schools are responsible for providing an environment free of discriminatory harassment (e.g. racism, assault, bullying) to all students.  All students must be treated as equals.  If a complaint is to be made against a public school it may be filed under section 15, as all public schools are responsible for upholding section 15’s outline of basic human rights.
  10. 10. GETTING EDUCATED Often times it is social or personal beliefs that cause the LGBT community to face constant physical and emotional attacks. We are often told what we are supposed to believe, and do not question what it is we are told. We are brought up to be afraid of things that we don’t understand, but how can we simply judge something without first learning. Here is some important information about the LGBT community you may not know.
  11. 11. BRINGING CHANGE THROUGH EDUCATION Many schools are stepping forward to stop LGBT bullying dead in its tracks, the creation of ‘Gay- Straight Alliance’ (GSA) clubs in schools are becoming more and more popular. These GSA groups consist of both straight and LGBT members; including both teachers and students, and act as a support group for anyone who needs someone to talk to about their struggle. They promote inclusion in all aspects of schooling, both social and educational, as well as focusing on educating the masses that the LGBT community is no different than the heterosexual community; we are all equals.
  12. 12. CURRICULUM CHANGES Many schools in Canada are in the process of amending their curriculum’s to include LGBT topics for the first time. This is coming forward as a serious debate because many parents are against homosexuality for religious or personal reasons; and feel their children should not be exposed to these topics. The backlash is of no surprise as often times older generations have a harder time adjusting to change the way young minds do.
  13. 13. ‘SOCIAL EDUCATION’ There are loads of celebrities, both straight and LGBT, that are stepping out against discrimination against the LGBT community in hopes that they can influence their fans to educate themselves that being gay is okay. Here are a small selection of celebrities standing up for the LGBT community:  Singer Lady Gaga has started the ‘Born This Way’ foundation which works to create a more accepting society for the LGBT community.  Actor Josh Hutcherson teamed up with the Gay-Straight Alliance Network to help end homophobia in schools.  Rapper Macklemore wrote a pro equality song titled ‘Same Love’ that was played worldwide in hopes to promote equality among all people, regardless of sexual orientation
  14. 14. COMBATTING BULLYING Anti-LGBT slurs have become a social norm. Walk down the hallway’s at any high school and you will hear someone calling something bad ‘Gay’. This is unnacceptable. We need a change.
  15. 15. ACCORDING TO A RECENT CANADIAN RESEARCH SURVEY  70% of students reported hearing “That’s so gay” EVERY DAY in school  48% reported hearing someone being called a “Faggot” or “Dyke” EVERY DAY  64% of LGBT students felt unsafe in their OWN school  61% of students with LGBT parents felt unsafe in their OWN school  21% of LGBT students reported being physically harrassed or assaulted because of their sexual orientation
  16. 16. These numbers are alarming. Section 15 was put in place to protect Canadians from discrimination. That includes in your workplace, your home, your daily life and at school. So why do these students have to go to school day after day and face this beratement from their class mates? A common argument is that they are “Just kids” and they don’t realise the damage that their words or actions are causing. If that is the case why do the people in charge sit back and let these kids act this way without being reprimanded? How are these people supposed to learn what they are doing is wrong if no one is telling them what they are doing is wrong?
  17. 17. IN THE WAKE OF THE JUBRAN CASE The Jubran case was a case where Mr. Jubran brought his school to court because he felt he was unprotected from the constant harrassment he faced from his classmates. They called him “Faggot” and physically assaulted him for years even though he was straight. After a very long court process, the courts sided with Mr. Jubran and found the school guilty of not providing Mr. Jubran with a discrimination free learning environment. After this case schools were encouraged to up their anti-discriminatory efforts, particularly relating to homophobia. But many schools have done nothing at all.
  18. 18. SO HOW DO I COMBAT BULLYING? There are many ways to stand out against bullies of the LGBT community, some ways include:  Inclusion: Simply look past their sexual orientation and include them in your daily activities  Speak up: If you see someone being bullied or hear someone bad mouthing another person, stand up for them, there is strength in numbers  Gay-Straight Alliance: Join your local GSA Network to stand with the LGBT community and show you care  Word choice: Realize that saying something is “Gay” when you mean it is bad is derogatory and use an appropriate word
  19. 19. BEING UNDERSTANDING Homosexuality is not a choice. The same way that heterosexuality is not a choice. It is your duty as a good human being to let people be who they truly are.
  20. 20. UNDERSTANDING HOMOSEXUALITY  According to a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, 20% of people polled are gay  Many LGBT members are leaders in their field of work, such as Kathleen Wynne. Kathleen is the premier of Ontario  The average age of when people are feeling comfortable enough to ‘Come Out’ is dropping. A recent British study found that people over 60 came out on average at 37, whereas people in their 30s came out at 21 and people under 24 came out around 17. This is a good sign as it is pointing towards the fact that society is becoming more accepting towards the LGBT community
  21. 21. “MY FRIEND JUST CAME OUT TO ME, WHAT DO I DO?” Someone chose you to be the first person they come out to. This is a good thing, it means you are likely a trustworthy and close friend or family member. Here is what you should and shouldn’t do!
  22. 22. THE DO’S  Be appreciative: This is a huge deal for them, thank them for opening up to you. Support them as they are fretting you’ll reject them  Be civil, whether you support it or not: Even if you do not support the idea, be understanding and positive, do not belittle their honesty.  Ask questions: Asking questions shows you are interested, questions like “Who else knows” and “are you seeing someone?” show you support them  Offer your ears: The person will surely have things they’d like to talk about, and will be looking for someone to support them.  Get information: There are many resources for you if you have questions or are having issues accepting the information they shared with you.
  23. 23. THE DONTS  Gossip: Don’t go around and tell other people unless given permission, it isn’t your job to inform others that your friend is out of the closet  Ignore bullies: You are now a lifeline for your friend, it is your duty to help this person with their new realisation, do not let people bully the LGBT community as it will make the person uncomfortable with their decision.  Be ‘fake’: Don’t pretend that you support their decision to come out and then turn around and mock them behind their backs. They need honesty.  Use old pronoun: If they come out as transgendered, referring to someone who has come out as a man by using ‘she’ is offensive. This may take a lot of getting used to, but they will notice you trying and truly appreciate it.
  24. 24. BUT MY RELIGION SAYS HOMOSEXUALITY IS WRONG! You are allowed to believe in whatever you feel like, so why aren’t they allowed to believe what they like? Many religions do not support homosexuality and it is your decision whether to follow that decision or not. There are many resources to get more information about homosexuality and it is your duty to make an informed decision on how to handle the situation of someone coming out to you.
  25. 25. MY RELIGION SAYS HOMOSEXUALITY IS WRONG, BUT I THINK I AM GAY Understand that people in your religion may not support your decision, but there is a massive reform happening throughout many belief systems that is coming in support of homosexuality in religion. Understand that it will take time for people to adjust to you coming out. If you need more information on your feelings and your fears of coming out, the internet has many resources available to you. A great example for Christians who are trying to come to terms with their feelings is https://www.gaychristian.net/
  26. 26. ACCEPTANCE Remember that all the LGBT community wants is to be accepted and treated the same as the heterosexual communities. They do not want to feel excluded from daily life. Whether you agree with their sexual orientation or not, it is your job to be a decent human being and to everyone with respect. It is none of our business what others do inside their own bedroom’s.
  27. 27. SO WHAT DO I TAKE AWAY FROM ALL OF THIS?
  28. 28. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The only requirement you as a good person needs to do when interacting with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Gendered community is that they are no different than you. They are simply flesh and bone, as we all are. All they are looking for is to be treated with respect and to live their lives as we all do. They are looking for equality, peace and acceptance. It is everyone's right to live a long happy life free of discrimination.  “At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.” – George Clooney
  29. 29. BIBLIOGRAPHY PRIMARY SOURCES  Brenemen, C. (2014, November 7). LGBT rights in Canada. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Canada  United Nations of Human Rights. (n.d.). Combatting Discrimintation Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ohchr.org/en/issues/discrimination/pages/lgbt.aspx  Goffin, P. (2014, July 18). CCLA Creates Guide to LGBTQ Rights in Schools. Retrieved from http://ccla.org/wordpress/wp-content/ uploads/2014/07/2014-07-11-LGBTQ-Rights-in-Schools- CCLA-and-CCLET-FINAL1.pdf1.pdf
  30. 30. BIBLIOGRAPHY SECONDARY SOURCES  Roca, T. (n.d.). 7 celebrities who stand up for gay rights. Retrieved from https://www.dosomething.org/blog/7-celebrities-who-stand-gay-rights  Canadian Human Rights Reporter. (n.d.). Homophobic Harassment by Student Breaches Code . Retrieved from http://www.cdn-hr-reporter. ca/hr_topics/sexual-orientation/homophobic-harassment-student- breaches-code  Parikh, D. (n.d.). How to Understand Gay and Lesbian People. Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Understand-Gay-and- Lesbian-People  Eveleth, R. (2013, October 24). What Percent of the Population is Gay. Retrieved from www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-percent- of-the-population-is-gay-more-than-you-think-5012467/?no-ist
  31. 31. BIBLIOGRAPHY SECONDARY SOURCES (CONT.)  Friedrichs, E. (n.d.). What is the Average Age to Come Out. Retrieved from http://gayteens.about.com/od/quesitons/f/What-Is- The-Average-Age-To-Come-Out.htm  Petrow, S. (n.d.). How Should I Respond if a Friend Comes Out to Me. Retrieved from http://gayteens.about.com/od/quesitons/f/What-Is-The-Average- Age-To-Come-Out.htm

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