Making the Case: 2SLGBTQ+ Rights and Religion in Schools

Category: Book
By (author): Clarke, Paul T.
By (author): MacDougall, Bruce
By (author): Short, Donn
Subject:  EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
  EDUCATION / Inclusive Education
  LAW / Discrimination
  QUEER & TRANS / Non-Fiction
Audience: young adult
Publisher: UBC Press
Published: November 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 180
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*

A principal forbids same-sex prom dates. A community group tries to prohibit gender-neutral bathrooms. Despite growing acceptance of 2SLGBTQ+ rights, schools still regularly become battlegrounds in clashes between the expression of gender or sexual identity and a perceived threat to religious identity or values. Making the Case explains the position of Canadian law. It demonstrates that Canadians have rights to both religion and rights to gender expression or sexual orientation. It then provides evidence from case law to show that sexual minority rights do not undermine rights to religious freedom. This book is an important tool for anyone working to create an inclusive school environment or respond to rights-based conflicts within the school system.

From The Publisher*

Making the Case provides clear explanations of how law protects sexual minority rights, making it an essential resource for supporting 2SLGBTQ+ students in Canadian schools.

From The Publisher*

A principal forbids same-sex prom dates. A community group tries to prohibit gender-neutral bathrooms. Despite growing acceptance of 2SLGBTQ+ rights, Canadian schools regularly become battlegrounds in clashes between students wishing to express their sexuality or gender identity and those who perceive this as a threat to their values.

Making the Case clearly shows how Canadian law responds to "competing" human rights claims, when there is a clash between people asserting sexual minority rights and those asserting religious rights. The authors call on related court cases to explain the position of Canadian law. They demonstrate that Canadians have rights to religion and rights to gender expression or sexual orientation; and that supporting sexual minority rights does not undermine other people's rights to religious freedom.

This accessible book is an important tool for anyone working to create an inclusive school environment, or needing to respond to a rights-based conflict within their school.

From The Publisher*

Despite growing acceptance of 2SLGBTQ+ rights, Canadian schools regularly become battlegrounds in clashes between students wishing to express their sexuality or gender and those who perceive this as a threat to their values.

Making the Case clearly shows how Canadian law responds to what are known as "competing human rights claims," when conflict arises between people asserting sexual minority rights and those asserting religious rights, for example, when a principal forbids same-sex prom dates or when parents oppose gay-straight alliance clubs. With a focus on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the authors call on related court cases to explain the position of Canadian law. They demonstrate that Canadians have rights to religion and rights to gender expression or sexual orientation; and that supporting sexual minority rights does not undermine other people's rights to religious freedom.

This accessible book is an important tool for anyone working to create an inclusive school environment or respond to rights-based conflicts within the school system. It establishes conclusively that school cultures must be transformed so that 2SLGBTQ+ students can feel as safe and welcome as their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts.

Biographical Note

Donn Short is a professor in the Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. In 2017, he received the inaugural Aaron Berg Award for his significant contributions to the advancement of human rights. He is the author of Don't Be So Gay! Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe and Am I Safe Here? LGBTQ Teens and Bullying in Schools. Bruce MacDougall is a professor at the Allard School of Law in the University of British Columbia, and has been Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Allard. Among his numerous publications is Queer Judgments: Homosexuality, Expression, and the Courts in Canada. Paul Clarke is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, and has served as president of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education. He is the author of Understanding Curricular Control: Rights Conflicts, Public Education, and the Charter.