Is Doug Ford an ally?
Ford has shown he has no love for the LGBTQ2S communities, going so far as to be outright hostile. He and his brother famously refuse to attend Pride. He supported Tanya Granic Allen, who was homophobic, transphobic and racist. Doug Ford is not an ally.
How are trans and queer folk impacted by curriculum changes?
The repeal of the updated sexual education curriculum means that students will no longer learn about gender identity or sexuality; gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual and trans people no longer exist, according to Ford’s throwback to 1998. You can read more about the curriculum under our Education tab. On November 17th, 2018, the Ontario PC party moved a resolution to “do away with” gender identity in the curriculum. More on that below.
What about healthcare?
Cutting OHIP+ coverage means that teens and young adults under the age of 25 may have to look to use their parent’s health insurance for access to medical necessities for trans people and queer people.
What is his history with the queer community?
As a city councillor, Ford was the sole vote against a homeless shelter for young gay men. He also supported the Police to march in Pride, and criticized the queer community’s ask for safe space, ignoring the long history of police oppressing the trans and queer community.
What actions have they taken around gender identity?
On November 17th, 2018, the Ontario “Progressive” Conservatives passed a resolution to “do away with” gender identity theory in regards to the Ontario sexual education curriculum updates.
Why would they do that?
The reason cited is that they called gender identity “highly controversial, unscientific ‘liberal ideology’”. This is not true. There are not only a number of scientific and medical papers confirming gender identity, but there are also research papers on the specific struggles gender non-conforming people face. Leading health organizations not only recognize gender identity theory, but dedicate clinics to gender identity. Gender identity theory is not solely “liberal ideology”, in fact, there are gender non-conforming people who identify as politically conservative. Caitlyn Jenner is an outspoken Republican and transgender woman for example.
Why is this bad?
As MPP Suze Morrison stated when the resolution was passed; “Days away from the Trans Day of Remembrance & Ontario PCs have shown us where they really stand on human rights, once again,” she tweeted. “Trans rights are human rights. Gender is no binary.”
Trans and gender non-binary people face higher rates of suicide and violence. This move will perpetuate misconceptions and stigma from an early age. Gender identity and gender expression is a human right under the Ontario Human Rights Act
- Write your Member of Provincial Parliament about your concerns with the LGBTQ section of the curriculum.
- Support Pride Toronto
- Get to know the Gender Identity Clinic and its programs at CAMH
- Training resources to to develop further competency in health care for trans clients