Gay, Lesbian Youth Speak from the Heart

content imageOn July 11, 2005, the Teaching & Learning Centre and the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre launched their latest video entitled “...but words DO hurt: stories from GLBTT youth.” The video provides information about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and transsexual (GBLTT) youth and outlines the obligations peers, teachers and education professionals have to promote equality, prevent discrimination, and maintain a safe school environment.

The video follows several GLBTT youth as they share their experiences, both positive and negative, in dealing with their sexual orientation or gender identity. While it is illegal to discriminate against an individual based on sexual orientation or gender identity, many GLBTT youth have experienced discrimination in the school setting. The video was developed as a critical resource for use by educators in their classrooms because it illustrates the responsibilities that youth, teachers and schools have to treat each other with respect and to maintain a welcoming environment for students of all sexual orientations and identities. Harassment and discrimination can get in the way of a GLBTT student’s ability to learn and feel safe in school. Educators can play a powerful role by encouraging open dialogue about sexual and gender diversity in the classroom. Sara, a GLBTT youth, offers her suggestion “Understand that sexuality isn’t a choice and no one would choose to be discriminated against or harassed,” she says.

“...but words DO hurt: stories from GLBTT youth” was the winner of the AMTEC Award of Merit (Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada) this past May. The video and user’s guide are available for purchase at http://www.ucalgary.ca/imagecentre/marketing/butwords.htm. This project was made possible by a grant from the Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship & Multiculturalism Education Fund, and the video was produced for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, which is supported by a grant from the Alberta Law Foundation.

For more information about video production at the Teaching & Learning Centre, visit http://commons.ucalgary.ca/mediadevelopment/video_production.html.

For more information about this video or for resources about human rights and civil liberties, visit the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre at http://www.aclrc.com/main.html.

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