Jer's Vision brings first anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia conference for youth to the Sault!

On Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, Superior Heights High School hosted a Dare to Stand Out Conference combatting homophobia and bullying to over 100 students. The first of its kind addressing homophobic and transphobic bullying at a Grade 10 level, students listened to a rousing speech by the fabulous Teddy Syrette, a native Two Spirit social worker. Afterwards, they were divided into several workshops:

  • Anti-Bullying by Aubrie Kelly
  • Be More by Dave Mornix
  • Homophobia & Being An Ally 101 by Desiree Rhodes, HARP
  • H.A.R.P. Bingo! (HIV & Safer Sex) by Jen Forbes, HARP
  • Homophobia in Sports by Melanie Jones and Robert Gilbraith
  • You Are Not Alone (An LGBTQ Project of The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth) by Sandy Wynia Katz and Yessinia Vasquez
  • Creating Safe Spaces by Sean Meades
  • Queer 101 by Cameron Aitken and Teddy Syrette
  • Gender Diversity and Trans 101 by Faye Estrella

The day ended with breakout sessions where teams of students presented what they’ve learned and how they want to make their school and communities a better place.

What Sault Ste Marie students are saying:

“I learned that it is wrong to bully people about their beliefs, sex, sexuality, or any other reason. You should just treat them normally and get along with them.”

“I liked how it was fun and how enthusiastic all the presenters were.”

I loved it because it helped me better know that there is more people like me and more people who are there and understand my situation.