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Congress Event

Challenging casual homophobia in schools, sports, and society



Sunday, May 25, 2014, 10:00 - 11:15


Thistle - Sean O'Sullivan Theatre

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Organized by the Association of Canadian Deans of Education in partnership with the Canadian Sociological Association.

Language like “That’s so gay”, “No homo”, “Dyke”, and “Faggot” has become ubiquitous in schools and sporting communities, yet is rarely addressed by teachers, coaches, and parents. It is also a form of microaggression, causing the continued isolation, harassment, and negative mental health of LGBTQ students and athletes. Wade Davis (You Can Play Project) and Kristopher Wells (University of Alberta) will explore the evolving nature of homophobia and heteronormativity, how social media can be an innovative educational tool for social change, and how the You Can Play Project and initiatives have brought worldwide attention to the shocking use of casual homophobia.

With funding support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.