Team Education visits John McCrae Secondary

Rhube, along with two volunteers, Tamara and Margeaux, visited John McCrae Secondary School on October 16th, 2015 to speak to four grade 9 phys ed classes. They presented two sessions of the award-winning GRIS workshop in which participants have an opportunity to ask the facilitators any questions they’d like. With a little bit of a slow start, a box was passed around that participants could put anonymous questions in. Topics ranged across colonisation and its effects on gender and sexuality, coming out, discrimination in the workplace, and hopes for starting a family. Participants really got to engage with the presenters, and got in to some high-level queer theory in between more basic personal coming out stories and the like. Intersectionality seemed to come up as a focus point, as they explored the connections between white supremacy, homophobia, sexism, and transphobia. Participants left with a much deeper understanding of the lives, opinions, and experiences of queer people, as well as some history of the gay rights movement, and the symbols associated with it.