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For most youth, school attachment is the feeling of being an engaged part of the school community and is an essential factor in youths’ well-being. Feeling a sense of school attachment is also directly linked to academic achievement.  In our society, many LGBT youth lack school attachment.  Almost half of LGBT youth surveyed in a 2011 Canadian research study examining school climate indicated that they did not feel like they belong, compared to only 3.5% of their non-LGBT youth counterparts. Sense of belonging is a key component of social inclusion, and an important factor in a successful transition to adulthood.

Often LGBT youth do not feel safe, leading to anxiety and stress attending school.  The result is that many LGBT youth stop going to school or drop out completely. “30.2% of LGBT students, compared to 11% of non-LGBT students, reported skipping because they felt unsafe at school or on the way to school.”

These statistics underscore the level of fear experienced by LGBT youth, their growing detachment from school, and an increased likelihood of not completing high-school.

  • 64% of LGBT youth, and 61% of students with LGBT parents report that they feel unsafe at school
  • 74% of transgender students and 55 % of LGB youth report being verbally harassed about their gender or sexual identity.
  • 21% of LGB youth report being physically harassed or assaulted because of their orientation
  • 37% of trans-youth report being physically harassed or assaulted due to their gender expression
  • 49% of trans-youth reported being sexually assaulted as result of their gender expression

Rather than school being an instrumental factor in LGBT youths’ sense of inclusion, research shows that it is increasingly becoming a factor in LGBT youth experiencing fear, isolation, marginalization and social exclusion.

In 2009, the first Canadian and national research report was published that looked at homophobia and transphobia in Canadian schools. It showed, overwhelmingly, that schools are indeed unsafe spaces for LGBT youth and in particular, transgender youth:

  • Three-quarters of LGB students and 95% of transgender students felt unsafe at school, compared to one-fifth of straight students.
  • Over a quarter of LGB students and almost half of transgender students had skipped school because they felt unsafe, compared to less than a tenth of non-LGBT.
  • Many LGBT students would not be comfortable talking to their teachers, their principal, or their coach about LGBT issues.
  • Only one in five LGBT students could talk to a parent very comfortably about LGBT issues. Three-quarters could talk to a close friend.
  • Over half of LGBT students did not feel accepted at school, and almost half felt they could not be themselves, compared to one-fifth of straight students.

What are typically considered traditional points of support for heterosexual youth, such as teachers or a coach, are often not the same points of support for LGBT youth.

Resources

Campus Pride

Dillon Hall, Room 252 401 Sunset Avenue Windsor, ONT, N9B 3P4 Phone: 519-253-3000 Ext.4093 www.uwsa.ca/uwsa-services/campus-pride-centre/

The Campus Pride Centre provides a positive environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirited, Intersex, Pansexual and Asexual individuals and their allies on the University of Windsor campus.

The Campus Pride Centre holds a variety of events during the year. There are also events for National and International celebrations of queer identities such as: National Coming out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, International Women’s Day, World AIDS Day, and more.

LGBT+ YOUTH GROUP

1361 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, ONT, N8X 1J6
Phone: 519-973-0222
www.aidswindsor.org

These groups are facilitated by a team of professionals from the community, that strive to create a safe environment in which youth can explore and express their interests and needs in an atmosphere where they are supported and respected for their contributions and unique individual differences. Every week looks different from the next. Some weeks we play games, other weeks we do arts and crafts, watch movies, or sit and talk about our weeks. Whether you’ re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, two-spirited, queer or questioning, YOU ARE WELCOME!!!! There is no need to call ahead. Just come with a smile and an open mind.

Douillard Place

1102 Drouillard Road
Windsor, ONT, N8Y 2R1
Phone: 519-253-1073
www.drouillardplace.ca

Drouillard Place is a multi-service provider dedicated to improving the quality of Life of the residents of the Drouillard and Grandview communities. To provide information, referral, crisis counselling, educational workshops and material assistance to area residents.

Out On Campus

University of Windsor
401 Sunset Ave
Windsor, ONT
Phone: 519-253-3000  ext.4093 
www.uwindsor.ca/ooc

Out on Campus provides a positive environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning,  Two-Spirited, Intersex, Pansexual and Asexual  individuals (or LGBTTIQQ2SPA) and their allies on the University of Windsor campus.  Those who are attending St. Clair College are also encouraged to participate in our events! 

Family Respite Services

3295 Quality Way, Unit 101A
Windsor ONT, N8T 3R9
Phone: 519-972-9688
www.familyrespite.org

FRS works in partnership with families who have children with disabilities. We coordinate support and provide short breaks that strengthen families and contribute to children having meaningful lives in their community.

Spectrum+ Alliance

St. Clair College
2000 Talbot Road West
Windsor, Ontario,
http://stclairgsa.weebly.com

The Spectrum+ Alliance is a student organization that works to make St Clair College safe for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We embrace all students. We intend to spread the message of equality to our college and our community. Our goal is to open the eyes of our fellow students, friends and neighbors to the issues that are plaguing the LGBTQIA+ community in the hopes of teaching them tolerance. We will do this with civility and respect for those around us through demonstrations and events that our group organizes.

Gender Journey’s

Windsor Family Health Team
2475 McDougall, Suite 245
Windsor, ONT 519-972-2727 ext.5656  
www.windsorfht.ca/lgbt

Gender Journeys is a drop-in, biweekly meeting of transgender and gender-questioning young adults. Meetings are held on Thursdays.

Windsor Pride Education & Resource Centre

1106 Ouellette Avenue Unit 102
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4K1
Phone: 519-973-4656
www.windsorpride.com

We support our committees who, among other things: work to create educational opportunities for the community, including diversity training; work with the local school boards and the Gay-Straight Alliances in schools; work with and support other community  organizations, and; host seniors' programs & activities. 

Kids Help Phone

1-800-668-6868
www.kidshelpphone.ca

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. Our service is completely anonymous and confidential - we don't trace calls, we don't have call display.

Windsor Youth Centre

1247 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, ONT, N9A 3K6
Phone: 226-674-0006
www.thewindsoryouthcentre.org

The Windsor Youth Centre (WYC) is a surrogate living room to over one hundred and fifty youth. Where else is there to go? The youth always answer, "Nowhere." When it opened in October 2011, the WYC was the only drop-in centre for homeless and at-risk youth in Windsor-Essex . It still is.

LGBT Youth Line

1-800-268-9688    
www.lgbtyouthline.ca 

The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line exists to provide service for youth, by youth that affirms the experiences and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, 2-spirited, queer and questioning youth in Ontario. Working within an anti-oppression and  anti-racist framework, we provide leadership  opportunities, outreach, confidential peer support and  referrals by telephone, texting and online. 

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest

536 Pelissier Street
Windsor, ONT, N9A 4L1
Phone: 226-348-3378  
www.wepridefest.com

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest strives to strengthen the sense of community and contribute to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of LGBTTIQ persons in WindsorEssex. Raising awareness of ongoing issues facing the LGBTTIQ community including youth suicide,  discrimination & bullying. Windsor-Essex Pride Fest as an organization is more than just a festival, it empowers individuals to reach out to each other and facilitates opportunities for connection and belonging through age-specific activities or initiatives, peer-facilitated groups and special events and will address social isolation and create a social environment that is more accommodating, resilient and connected to the broader LGBTTQIA community in Windsor-Essex. 

 
 
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