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LGBTQ Workshops

The BCTF offers a variety of free workshops to teachers that aim to develop skills to interrupt, address, and challenge homophobia and transphobia within our classrooms and school communities. The following workshops are available for booking through the BCTF.

To request these or other Social Justice workshops for a school-based, local, or regional professional development day, or a School Union Representative Training (SURT) day, please click on the “Book this Workshop” link below the workshop description on the BCTF Social Justice Workshops page.

The specific workshops we offer are:

Creating a Gender-Inclusive School Culture 
This workshop will help develop an understanding of the risks facing trans* students, as well as the protective factors, gain increased familiarity with terminology used by the trans* communities and increased awareness of gender identity and gender expression. Best practices for supporting a student through gender transition within the school system will be covered. Although the focus is on trans* students, gender inclusive schools help all students to feel safe at school.

Reach Out, Speak Out
This workshop focuses on how to be an ally for LGBTQ students and support LGBTQ youth within schools. There will be an opportunity to develop strategies to use as an ally and activities on how to integrate LGBTQ issues into the curriculum in an age-appropriate manner from K–12. This workshop is highly recommended for teachers wanting to create a school-wide action plan to reduce or prevent homophobia/transphobia from occurring and to create an LGBTQ-positive school climate for all students.

Sexual Education: One Size Fits All
This BCTF workshop provides participants with essential information about sexual health. The topic of consent is discussed in detail. Workshop participants will become familiar with several recommended resources and some fundamental strategies for teaching the mandated sexual health curriculum to BC students at all grade levels in public schools. 

Supporting Gender-Inclusive Communities (Parent Workshop)
Gender-inclusive schools help all students to feel safe at school. This workshop will show you how schools are working with trans* students and other students on the gender spectrum. This workshop will help develop an understanding of the risks facing these students, as well as the protective factors, gain increased familiarity with terminology used by the trans* communities, and increased awareness of gender identity and gender expression. Best practices for supporting a student through gender transition within the school system will be covered.