A national survey finds that gay insults are so common in Canadian schools that most students hear them on a daily basis, even the stright ones.
Nick Martin from Winnipeg Free Press has the report:
Rampant homophobia stalks the hallways and classrooms of Canadian schools, according to a key finding of a national study on homophobia in Canadian schools to be released today at the University of Winnipeg.
Homophobic comments are a common and accepted part of school life, even uttered by some teachers, the report said, adding two out of three nonheterosexual students do not feel safe in their schools.
“LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, queer, or questioning) students are exposed to language that insults their dignity as part of everyday school experiences, and youth with LGBTQ family members are constantly hearing their loved ones being denigrated,” says the study being released at the annual general meeting of Egale Canada, an anti-homophobia human rights organization.
The survey of 3,700 Canadian high school students between December 2007 and June 2009 was conducted by University of Winnipeg education professor Catherine Taylor and University of Manitoba sociology professor Tracey Peter.
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