Project aims to fill gaps in Ontario’s sex ed program

Gay and lesbian activists form a human chain around a rainbow flag during celebrations marking the fourth annual International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) in Hong Kong on May 18;2008.
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TORONTO – Organizers behind a community project aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer youth say they hope to fill in what they consider gaps in Ontario’s sex education program.

The Queering Sex Ed project kicks off Thursday night and includes videos and documents on topics such as consent and sexual identity, which organizers say are neglected in the current curriculum.

The project is led by Planned Parenthood’s Toronto chapter, with help from a committee of 10 young people who identify as LGBTQ.

One committee member says she barely learned anything from her school’s sex ed class.

Besides, Kate Welsh says, young people are more receptive to information they find on their own than what they’re told by authority figures.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has pledged to reintroduce an updated sex ed curriculum, though she hasn’t said when, and Welsh notes it could take some time before students can benefit.

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“We might as well create resources now that can be accessed while that change is happening,” she said.