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Study shows most teachers approve of LGBTQ-inclusive education

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The vast majority of teachers approve of LGBTQ-inclusive education, but two-thirds of Canadian teachers are aware of colleagues who have been harassed for being LGBTQ.

Those are major findings of University of Winnipeg education Prof. Catherine Taylor’s study into homophobia in Canadian schools.

Taylor is presenting the third major report of her study’s findings at noon at the U of W, in conjunction with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society.

The study team -- The Every Teacher Project on LGBTQ-inclusive Education in Canada’s K-12 Schools (*lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, Two-Spirit, queer and questioning) -- includes University of Manitoba members Vice Provost (Academic) Janice Ristock, sociology Prof. Tracey Peter and law Prof. Donn Short.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 15/1/2016 (1165 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The vast majority of teachers approve of LGBTQ-inclusive education, but two-thirds of Canadian teachers are aware of colleagues who have been harassed for being LGBTQ.

Those are major findings of University of Winnipeg education Prof. Catherine Taylor’s study into homophobia in Canadian schools.

Dr.Catherine Taylor

KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Dr.Catherine Taylor

Taylor is presenting the third major report of her study’s findings at noon at the U of W, in conjunction with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society.

The study team — The Every Teacher Project on LGBTQ-inclusive Education in Canada’s K-12 Schools (*lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, Two-Spirit, queer and questioning) — includes University of Manitoba members Vice Provost (Academic) Janice Ristock, sociology Prof. Tracey Peter and law Prof. Donn Short.

Taylor said today that the massive research study learned:

  • The vast majority of teachers approve of LGBTQ-inclusive education
  • Teachers in Catholic schools are only slightly less likely to approve, but much less likely to practice, LGBTQ-inclusive education
  • Only two per cent cited conflict with personal religious beliefs as holding them back
  • 18 per cent agreed that teachers should be able to opt out for religious reasons
  • Among the main reasons given for not teaching in LGBTQ-inclusive ways were lack of leadership and resources
  • Two-thirds were aware of teachers being harassed for being LGBTQ
  • Almost all rated their school as safe but far fewer rated their school as safe for LGB or transgender students

Taylor said that "the Every Teacher Project attracted tremendous support from project partner The Manitoba Teachers’ Society and from every national, provincial and territorial teacher organization in the publicly funded school systems of Canada. With their help in recruiting, researchers completed the project with 3,400 participants, making this the largest study of its kind in the world to date."

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