From Egale Canada Human Rights Trust’s Website
Founded in 1995, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement.
Egale conducted Canada’s first and only national survey on homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Canadian schools. It revealed shockingly high levels of bullying, violence and harassment directed toward LGBTQ students:
- Two-thirds of LGBTQ students feel unsafe at school.
- 20% of LGBTQ students and almost 10% of non-LGBTQ students have been physically harassed or assaulted because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
- 37% of youth with LGBTQ parents have been verbally harassed about the sexual orientation of their parents.
This has inspired Egale’s national Safe Schools Campaign which includes: teacher training sessions; working with school boards and provincial ministries of education to create safer and more inclusive policies; and publishing equity and inclusive education resource kits for high schools.
The cornerstone of the Safe Schools Campaign is Egale’s MyGSA.ca, the first Canadian website on gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in schools. The website is a resource-based information portal for students, parents, educators and administrators.
Every two years, Egale hosts the National Gay-Straight Alliance Summit, bringing together students and educators from across the country.
According to Statistics Canada:
- Hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation doubled in 2008, and increased by another 18% in 2009.
- 74% of hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation are violent, with 63% resulting in injury to the victim.
- The peak age of those accused of hate crimes in Canada is 17-18; educational facilities rank second among offence locations.
As part of the internationally recognized Report Homophobic Violence, Period (RHVP)program, ECHRT continues to deliver critical LGBT-awareness training to police services and communities across Canada. This training includes an LGBT youth suicide prevention component as well as information on policing in the trans community and how to prevent and respond to hate-motivated crimes.
Egale organizes national conferences and consultations to enable LGBT Canadians and our allies to mobilize and strategize on issues of importance to our communities.
Services such as Egale’s newsletter and daily news clippings enable members of the LGBT community and those advancing LGBT equality to network and stay informed on the most important issues of the day.
Become a member: Support LGBT equality in Canada by making a financial contribution to Egale Canada today.
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Participate: Come to Egale’s Annual Gala or join us at one of the many events hosted throughout the year.
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