The Greater Victoria School District has passed a new policy that includes plans for gender-neutral bathrooms in each school and class lists that no longer identify a student’s gender.
School boards in other cities such as Vancouver have taken similar steps to better support transgender students, but the Victoria policy goes further, said board chair Edith Loring-Kuhanga.
“I think we kind of went beyond what the normal practice has been with a lot of the school districts to really try to really think of everything that we can that some of our students are going through.”
The Victoria board’s Gender Identity and Gender Expression policy aims to reduce or even eliminate the practice of gender segregation wherever possible, including in sports, Loring-Kuhanga said.
“Gender expression has to happen throughout our entire system, right? It’s not just one area.”
The policy will guide how to discuss gender and health in schools. Every school will also have at least one adult who will act as a resource for transgender, gender non-confirming and sexual minority students, the board said.
Board officials spent more than 18 months crafting the new policy and students were heavily involved in the process, Loring-Kuhanga said.
“They are living with it every day. They are bringing real examples to the table.”
She said board staff have now been asked to find room in the budget to implement the new policy.
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“We’re just protecting you from straight invaders.”
Alright, shitheads, let me ask you something. How many trans people have you misgendered in the name of protection? How many mga/gay people have you mislabeled? How many intersex people have you talked over? How many abuse survivors have you gaslit and mocked and guilt tripped and victim blamed and pressured to placate you? How many of you have advocated for the rape and deaths of asexuals? How many young queer people are you willing to abuse to weed out a few supposed invaders?
Personally, I will gladly take a few “fake queers” over nasty gatekeeping scum like you. If you really wanted our spaces to be safe you’d get off your high horse. You’d filter for abuse not orientation. You’d stop making lgbt+ people feel like shit for not condoning the abuse of other marginalized groups. If you really wanted safer spaces, you’d be a safer person.
Andy does not identify with a gender-specific pronoun such as “he” or “she,” preferring the use of “they” or “them” instead, signifying that they do not think of themselves as male or female, but somewhere between or beside those two binaries. And while it may seem like a particularly modern gesture, Andy says that, in many indigenous cultures, gender neutrality was commonplace and only interrupted at contact with Europeans.
“It started happening to indigenous bodies during those institutional times where people were regulated,” they say, referring to colonial schools that enforced gender roles.
Andy says that, traditionally, their Anishinaabemowin language was more inclusive of both genders. Instead of saying sister, brother, son, daughter, mom or granddaughter, people were simply “child,” “sibling” or “parent,” according to Andy.
Furthermore, in other communities, elders and knowledge keepers say two-spirit people were embraced as special and powerful, and were even honoured in some communities as medicine people or healers.
Andy is part of a support circle under the umbrella of the NYSHN, which brings together grandparents, mentors and indigenous community members who identify as two-spirit and/or along the queer spectrum. Indigenous languages have words for gender states that are not expressed in English, as well, and the NYSHN allows for the exploration of these identities.
In Cree, for example, “aayahkwew” means “neither man or woman.” In Inuktitut, “sipiniq” means “infant whose sex changes at birth.” In Kanien’keha, or Mohawk language, “onón:wat” means “I have the pattern of two spirits inside my body.”
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Davepeta; How do you approach your own gender identity? I've been questionning my own and I'm a big a fan of yours
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DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < Hey anon im really jazzed you came and said hello! thanks a million for the compliment, beeteedubs!
DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < Anyways about your question…how i approach it? well i guess i never really thought about it.. hmm
DAVEPETASPRITE^2 B33 < hey, sink your teeth into this one:
DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < its clawfully impurrtant that you are happy with who you are and pay no mind to any who isnt.
DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 <
if you consider yourself male or female thats fantastic! if dont wanna conform or use labels, thats pawsome too! whos stopping you? no one relevant! the only opinion that matters is yours.
DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < if it makes you smile its worth your while.
DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < hahah oh my god thats so cheezy
DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < BUT SERIOUSLY!
DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < if you are happy with yourself than its how it should be. and thats how i see it.
DAVEPETASPRITE^2: B33 < thanks for the question! and good luck! love you!!!