More than 100 students and other guests attended a virtual celebration in honour of the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia. In a year where seeing family, friends – and accessing much that sparks joy – has been challenging, the theme for this year’s event was “Queer Visibility.”
The District’s SOGI Committee, which includes, students, parents, teachers, administrators, trustees and district staff, organized the event and shared this message in advance:
For queer folks, the struggle to be visible has been an ongoing one. We recognize the importance of visibility and in seeing ourselves represented and valued for our authentic selves. This past year has posed challenges for seeing, and being seen, when we haven’t been able to connect in person, and many of the places where queer identities are welcomed have not been accessible…[At our IDAHAT celebration], we hope you find a sense of connection and feel like you are seen and valued.”
The event was opened by Board of Education Chair Jen Mezei:
IDAHAT is an opportunity to be mindful that we all have a role to play to make sure LGBTQ2 people feel safe to be their authentic selves at school, work and in the community. In Burnaby Schools, we want all students to flourish.”
Click on the video to watch highlights from the Virtual IDAHAT Celebration:
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ people internationally. Thousands of initiatives, big and small, are reported globally on this day. The District’s IDAHAT Celebration 2021 event is one example. In Burnaby Schools, we strive to honour and celebrate diversity on IDAHAT and each and every day.
Posted May 2021