Did you know that today is the International Day Against Homophobia? What started as a national event founded in Quebec has grown to an international day that seeks not only to shed light on the devastating effects of homophobia, but also to encourage people to learn more about sexual diversity.
What does this mean for parents? Well, it’s a great excuse to strike up a conversation with your kids about sexuality and the importance of showing respect to people of all sexual orientations. You can also talk about homophobia—what it is and why it’s hurtful. The International Day Against Homophobia website offers a number of resources that you can use as a teaching tool, as well as a list of activities happening across Canada.
As Rick Mercer reminded us all in his rant about bullying and homophobia, “It’s no longer good enough for us to tell kids who are different that it’s going to get better. We have to make it better now, that’s every single one of us. Every teacher, every student, every adult has to step up to the plate.”
Today is a good day to take that first step.
Looking for more? Be sure to check out our article about supporting your gay teen when they come out.