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The 519 Board of Management Candidates 2022/23
Notice of The 519 Annual General Meeting 2022-23
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Call for Nominations – The 519 Annual General Meeting 2022-23
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Green Space Festival 2022: Neighbourhood Information
Green Space Festival announces 2022 lineup: a Pride-weekend party in support of 2SLGBTQ+ communities
Pride 2022 at The 519: Upcoming Programs and Events
Lifting the Blood Ban: A Step in the Right Direction
Trans Day of Visibility: Affirmations and Calls to Action
International Women's Day: Our History, Our Reality, Out Future
The 519 Black Collective – Black History Month 2022: ‘Black Health & Wellness’
The voices and actions of our youth, families, teachers, activists, and our communities working together and presenting a clear unified position helped prevent the elimination of critical topics like gender identity and sexual orientation in the recently announced Health and Physical Education Curriculum (2019). We want to thank our communities, especially youth, who joined our campaign, We Have Your Back Ontario, to advocate for inclusive education and policies.
However, we must also recognize that the expectation that all Ontario School Boards are required to create a policy allowing parents to exempt their children from instruction of human development and sexual health education components is a step backwards that will significantly impact the safety of Ontario’s children and youth – especially queer, trans or questioning youth. We know that schools remain unsafe spaces for queer and trans youth who are at a 3-times higher risk of suicide than non-LGBTQ2S youth. This exemption policy will impact some of the most vulnerable children and youth in Ontario schools. This policy also circumvents existing pathways that parents and guardians can use when engaging with educators and schools.
At a time where social and systemic homophobia and transphobia persist, and our youth remain vulnerable to violence, discrimination and mental health issues, we need to make further progress towards a curriculum that meets the needs of our children. We will continue to advocate for meaningful change and for the safety and wellbeing of our children and youth. To everyone starting school soon, remember, we have your back.