Fourteen-year-old Eli’s pull-no-punches story of being bullied as a transgender boy entering high school leads to a conversation about homophobia and transphobia among boys. Joined by Lori Duron from Raising My Rainbow, two Canadian teachers trained in LGBTQ-inclusive education, and CJ Pascoe, a youth-focused researcher and writer.

Conceived as part of Trans Day of Visibility.

Further Reading

Lori Duron writes a blog called Raising My Rainbow. You can also follow her and CJ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Alissa and Victoria were representatives of SOGI 1 2 3, an initiative based in western Canada. The website has LGBTQ-focused resources for both parents and educators. If you’re looking for more resources I recommend Gender Spectrum’s Gender Inclusive Schools Toolkit, Human Rights Campaign’s Schools In Transition and Welcoming Schools programs, as well as GLSEN and The Trevor Project.

Sources

Jonathon Reed, To Parents, From a Trans Kid

UBC News, Gay-straight alliances in schools reduce suicide risk for all students

CJ Pascoe, Homophobia in Boys’ Friendships

CJ Pascoe, Dude, You’re a Fag

Stephen Frosh, Young Masculinities

Debbie Epstein, Boyz’ Own Stories: Masculinities and sexualities in schools

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