Gender Issues & Sexuality
Equality Begins With Respect
As educators, we understand that equality begins with respect. In the TDSB, we are committed to learning environments that model and support respect for and by every member of our school communities – students, staff, parents and others. We have strong equity and anti-discrimination policies which we take very seriously.
Homophobia and Intolerance
Intolerance and homophobia are not limited to rural communities. Our own city has both and our schools are not immune to those influences from the larger community. In addition to a strong policy framework supporting tolerance in the TDSB, we have something even more important. That is a true, personal commitment among staff and students to support one another and to celebrate difference.
Gender Based Discrimination
Research seems to indicate that young people of both sexes may increasingly view sexual harassment as a "normal" adolescent practice. This is unacceptable. The TDSB is committed to setting a standard very different from this experience by educating all students about acceptable gender-based interaction, and by emphasizing prevention and a culture of respect in all our schools.
There is no place for sexual harassment in our schools. There can be no excuse for young women feeling or being treated like objects. Our female students must feel not just safe but also empowered. They must know that they are respected. The TDSB is committed to taking every possible measure to ensure that the young girls of today grow in an environment free from any obstacle to reaching their full potential.
Learn more about TDSB's efforts to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination.