Questions: I’m a grade 9 student at College Heights and they say that there school supports LGBTQ students. They don’t. No group, nothing but a bunch of rainbow flyers with a number. Who can I ask to start a LGBT club? And why is there no same-sex sex ed? I think the homosexual students should learn about safe sex just as the hetrosexual students do.
We were able to contact the College Heights Counselling Department to find out about the possibility of starting up an LGBT group. This is what they said:
“Although we do not have an LGBT club at the moment, we did a few years ago. It was run weekly with the help of one of our staff. Our students can see any of us at anytime and we would be very willing to support a group.”
It happens quite often in High Schools, Universities and Colleges that support groups come and go as there is demand for them. Because Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) are typically run by students, occasionally they have years with no activity because lead students have graduated and there are none to replace them. It sounds like the Counselling Department would be a good place to start.
Also, Out On The Shelf in Downtown Guelph operates a monthly social group for LGBT youth called Pride Patrol. If you would like more information you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Pride Patrol Facebook group.
Regarding your other concern about same-sex sex education: This has been a topic for many years in many jurisdictions across Canada. Unfortunately change in these avenues seems to be very slow and very dependent on the school district, the individual school and the people teaching sexual health at the school. If you feel comfortable doing so, you may want to bring up this concern to your Guidance Counsellor.
If you’re not comfortable asking/requesting this, many Sexual Health Educators allow for anonymous questions (typically a box), which may be an avenue to get answers. Online, Spiderbytes.ca contains a variety of inclusive information on sex and sexuality for teens.
If you ever want to chat, rant or discuss any of the above or anything else, please don’t hesitate to give us a call Tues-Thurs, 6-9 pm at 519-836-4550. If you can’t do those times, you can also call the Ontario-wide LGBT Youthline at 1-800-268-9688. They also have an instant messaging system (MSN) through email@example.com.