Making it better now for gay, lesbian youth: Education professor says being ‘out’ can make a real difference

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Making it better now for gay, lesbian youth: Education professor says being ‘out’ can make a real difference

Published on November 03 2011


Professor Julian Kitchen's opinion column "Making it better now for gay, lesbian youth" was published in the Hamilton Spectator on November 2. A thoughtful and poignant piece, it addresses the important role educator's play in matters of equity and the experiences of LGBT students in schools.

"The suicide of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley and Rick Mercer’s recent rant on the Rick Mercer Report have highlighted for Canadians the tragic reality of homophobic bullying in schools.

Mercer challenges “every teacher, every student, every adult” to act. In particular, he challenges gay and lesbians in public life not to be invisible. Many gays, myself included, are out to friends, family and colleagues. We are living proof that it does get better, that we can live fulfilling personal and professional lives in Canada."

Read the full article on the Hamilton Spectator website HERE.

Dr. Julian Kitchen is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education of Brock University, and is the author of Professionalism, Law and the Ontario Educator. His full profile may be viewed HERE in the Faculty of Education directory.

 

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