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(p. 194) Changing the School Climate: A Critical Examination of the Policies and Strategies Against Homophobia Adopted in the Province of Quebec, Canada 

(p. 194) Changing the School Climate: A Critical Examination of the Policies and Strategies Against Homophobia Adopted in the Province of Quebec, Canada
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(p. 194) Changing the School Climate: A Critical Examination of the Policies and Strategies Against Homophobia Adopted in the Province of Quebec, Canada
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Line Chamberland

and Gabrielle Richard

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199387656.003.0012
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date: 23 October 2020

The province of Québec (Canada) has adopted a series of legislation aimed at granting legal equality to all its citizens, regardless of sexual orientation. Despite a number of governmental and school-level policies and initiatives against homophobia, schools in the province remain heteronormative environments: homophobic comments are daily occurrences, sexual education classes have been abolished, and textbooks seldom include references to sexual diversity. This chapter critically discusses policies and strategies in education practice aimed at reducing and preventing homophobia and promoting an inclusive learning environment for LGBT students. It also presents the efforts undertaken by activists and scholars to challenge noninclusive education practices and to collectively promote equality for LGBT youth. With a strong backdrop of anti-bullying legislation, Quebec province is ahead of many in establishing parameters to fight homophobia but still lacks the concrete curricular and training tools to back these efforts in an effective and long-term manner.

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