No Room for Hate Against 2SLGBTQIA+ Children and Youth

September 20, 2023
Union stands with students of all sexual orientations and gender identities

BCNU is a strong and committed supporter of safe and inclusive schools for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI). SOGI-inclusive education promotes dignity, respect and a more just and equitable society for all.  

Amid an organized and ongoing campaign to undermine this safety and inclusivity, we reiterate our support for, and solidarity with, 2SLGBTQIA+ children, youth and community members. 

All students have a right to experience the classroom as a welcoming space that reflects and affirms their identity. The campaign to erase the lived experiences and realities of 2SLGBTQIA+ people from our schools and school curricula is an act of hate that directly threatens the safety of 2SLGBTQIA+ children, youth and communities.   

As nurses and union members, we add our voice to countless others in calling for the rights of 2SLGBTQIA+ children and youth to be protected, upheld and strengthened – in our classrooms and our communities. 

As the BC Human Rights Commissioner reminds us: “Trans and 2SLGBTQIA+ people don’t just have a right to exist—they have a right to thrive, to be loved and to have their human dignity recognized, represented and respected, as we all do.”

Learn more about why it’s important for schools to be SOGI-inclusive and safe spaces for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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