It is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia.

I'm worried that because #onted is all virtual right now, many educators won't talk about it because "parents can hear".

I hope families heard the discussions we had this morning.
I hope families heard these grade four students explaining what othering is.

What homophobia and transphobia look like.

That it isn't all just about active hate.

I hope families heard the stories of harm, frustration, defiance that were shared this morning.
I hope families heard the voices of these brilliant children who are regularly brave enough to gently call each other out on problematic speech, on assuming someone's identity.

I hope families heard these kids talk about being misgendered. Being targeted. Being scared.
It's not just these kids who need to hear these things. These students get it. They know what homophobia is, they defend others from it, they call it what it is, they fight against it.

I want their families to see and hear through their eyes and ears, learn from them like I do.
And please, #onted, don't use today to call #2SLGBTQ+ a "challenging topic". Don't give in to your "fear of backlash".

Queer students and families need you - today and every single day - to give them the space to learn, talk, and teach.

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