Recently, I attended a half-day anti-homophobia workshop with about forty of my closest colleagues. Every employee in our company (nearly 1000 people) is required to attend this workshop over the next year. The workshop was excellent, lead by one of our province's leading LGBTQ advocates.
I was enormously proud of two things:
- My fantastic colleagues who participated with energy and enthusiasm, and displayed a great willingness to learn about LGBTQ bullying and its solutions.
- To my knowledge, our employer is only one of TWO in all of Canada in our category of business which requires that its employees complete such a LGBTQ programme. I constantly marvel at the progressiveness of our employer in this remote, smallish, blue-collar city.
Here is one of the many resources which were discussed at the workshop. I'm not sure I agree with every item on the list, but I think #3, "Homophobia makes it hard to be close friends with someone of the same sex" affects teenage boys in particular. Do any of these points resonate with you? Credit: British Columbia Federation of Teachers