On May 17, 2021, the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) recognizes the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). As supported by LKDSB Trustees during the May 26, 2020 Board Meeting, the LKDSB joins organizations globally in recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) on May 17 to celebrate sexual and gender diversities and draw attention to the discrimination and violence experienced by LGBTQ+ people. This date will continue to be observed within LKDSB schools annually.
Information and resources have been provided to schools via a Google Classroom and professional development opportunities for staff, as well as staff newsletters.
The LKDSB is committed to supporting safe, equitable and inclusive learning and work environments. The LKDSB's Strategic Priority, “Inclusive Diversity: Champion anti-oppressive education," the Safe Schools Act and the protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code further reinforce the importance of recognizing and affirming the rights of LGBTQ+ communities, particularly the human rights of everyone to be treated equally and with dignity and respect.
The LKDSB denounces discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identities or sexual orientation. The LKDSB considers homophobia, gender-based violence, and harassment on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, (...) and/or any other immutable characteristic or ground protected by the Human Rights Code, as well as sexualized behaviour, to be unacceptable. The LKDSB supports the use of positive practices to prevent such behaviour.
Within our school and work communities, everyone has a right to feel and be safe and it is a collective responsibility to support positive school climates. This will ensure that students feel welcomed and a sense of belonging in their school communities, as well as contribute to students' overall mental health and well-being.
Click here for more information about the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. In further support of LGBTQ+ communities, the Pride Flag will fly at all LKDSB facilities during the month of June.
Click here to visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage for additional information.
Should you have any concerns about a student's safety and well-being, we encourage you to contact your school directly to discuss your concerns and learn more about student supports that are available.
Together we will continue to promote our strategic priority of “Inclusive Diversity: Champion anti-oppressive education " and our mission of Fostering Success for Every Student Every Day.