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About teachtoronto

Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (T.E.A.C.H.) is a peer-to-peer anti-homophobia program based out of Planned Parenthood Toronto. We train people between the ages of 16 and 23, of all sexual orientations and gender identities, to facilitate interactive workshops on homophobia. T.E.A.C.H. facilitates workshops in schools and community settings across the City of Toronto, talking to over 4000 youth every year! Unfortunately people who we don't get a chance to facilitate workshops with are still experiencing homophobia on a daily basis. Even in Toronto there are a lot of people who we don't have the chance to meet. This blog is a chance to answer questions, share information, tell our stories and hear yours.

We’re Coming Out. Or Not.

Today is National Coming Out Day.  And while it isn’t our nation’s National Coming Out Day specifically, people all over Facebook have been coming out as all sorts of things and also talking about what it means to be out. … Continue reading

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Following the law…

After six years and four tries, Toby’s Act was passed today.  The legislation amends the Ontario Human Rights Code to explicitly recognize both gender identity and gender expression. Introduced by the NDP Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Cheri DiNovo, Toby’s … Continue reading

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May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, also known as IDAHOT.  IDAHOT was started in 2005 and is organized by a Paris-based committee led by French academic and activist Louis-Georges Tin.  May 17 was chosen in commemoration … Continue reading

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Mental Health Week

May 7-13, 2012 is Mental Health Week! The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week takes place annually in the beginning of May.  This week is recognized nationally as an opportunity to open up discussions around mental health and “to … Continue reading

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The ex-gay movement

Last month psychiatrist Robert Spitzer publicly retracted his 2001 study on the success of ex-gay therapy.  The controversial study claimed that “highly motivated gay and lesbian people could change their sexual orientation”.  In his retraction Spitzer admitted that early critiques of … Continue reading

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Tell us what you think….and you could WIN!!!

Here’s a chance to have your say…and be entered in a draw for a $100 VISA giftcard….. T.E.A.C.H. is a program of Planned Parenthood Toronto.  Planned Parenthood Toronto is currently doing a satisfaction survey of the youth we serve to … Continue reading

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National Volunteer Week

April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week!  National Volunteer Week celebrates and recognizes the essential contributions of volunteers across Canada.  Find more info about NVW 2012 here: Volunteers are a HUGE part of T.E.A.C.H. , so much so that T.E.A.C.H. … Continue reading

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Day of Pink

Today is the International Day of Pink! April 11, 2012 marks this year’s Day of Pink, an international day against bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia in schools and communities.  According to the Toronto District School Board, “Day of Pink is … Continue reading

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T.E.A.C.H. staff and volunteers were among guests invited to an advance screening of “Bully”, a documentary about bullying in schools which was released in theatres this past Friday.  “Bully” follows the real life experiences of several children and youth as … Continue reading

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In February I had the opportunity to attend the launch of Through Our Roots, a new organization founded and run by youth in Toronto working to create a dialogue for children and youth from LGBTQ families.  The launch event was … Continue reading

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