Program Details - Thursday July 28, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011  

10:30  12:00             

Concurrent Session                      Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Journey Toward LGBT Equality in School-Based Athletic Programs in the United States

Helen J .Carroll

Pat Griffin

 This session will provide participants with an update on the status of LGBT rights in high school and collegiate athletics in the United States.  The session will highlight progress and persistent challenges in achieving LGBT sports equality.  Differences in the visibility of and discrimination against LGBT coaches and athletes in the context of the cultures of women’s and men’s sports will be discussed. Presenters will also discuss the importance of addressing intersections of race, sexual orientation and gender identity/expression when challenging homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in athletics. Topics to be addressed include coach and athlete education programs, legal and advocacy initiatives, policy development, student-athlete peer support and empowerment, resource development/dissemination and anti-bullying programs for coaches, student-athletes, athletic administrators and parents:


  • Education and advocacy projects focused on LGBT issues in sport
  • Policy recommendations for inclusion of transgender student-athletes on sex-separate sports teams
  • Legal status of and advocacy for LGBT student-athletes and coaches
  • Cultural changes that support equality for LGBT athletes and coaches
  • Increasing visibility of heterosexual coaches and athletes as allies
  • The influence of Christian Sport Ministries in school-based athletics and their effect on LGBT equality
  • The participation of intersex athletes in school sports
  • Persistence of anti-lesbian discrimination in women’s sports

After the presenters’ remarks, participants will have an opportunity to discuss the issues raised by the presenters and present additional information and perspectives on the presentation topic.


10:30  12:00             

Concurrent Session                      Salaam Conference #1: Decolonizing the spirit: inter-faith perspectives on re-creating sacred spaces and rebuilding our communities   


  • El-Tawhid Juma circle & Chezuva presentations: Salaam and Moyo wa Africa

How do we harness the power of reclaiming indigenous knowledge systems within syncretised religions?  How do we harvest the power of liberatory practices based in indigenous spirituality and apply them ethically in diverse communities and movements?


10:30  12:00             

Concurrent Session                      LGBT Reassessment: Working People in the “Developed Countries”        

Michael Roskey

 A neoliberal world order collapses, great powers realign, resources wars morph and resurge, while human rights battles expand in the “developing” world …

 Gains won by LGBT people appear to consolidate … against a backdrop of retrenchment in the “developed” world … assaults on human rights (especially youth and ethnic/racial minorities), on the environment and especially on the right to organize and bargain collectively.   

 An unsettling calm in the LGBT human rights movement … focused on specific battles … seems to ignore the collecting storm. 

 This workshop will discuss where to go from here.  What alliances can be built across yawning divides in increasing scarcity and disaster.  All classes, ages, races, sexes, sexual orientations and gender identities welcome.  Spanish-English translation. 

10:30  12:00             

Concurrent Session                      Teaching about queer families in schools: The fear of parents

Wendy Cumming-Potvin

Professor Wayne Martino

 Part 1 (50 minutes): Presentation: In this presentation we report on a study which deals with teachers’ reflections on using resources such as picture story books depicting same-sex families in their classrooms. The focus is on the teachers’ perspectives and concerns. Our overall aim in is to provide further insight into the role that fear of  parental intervention and surveillance in inciting fear of reprisal in teachers with the result of limiting the potential of using resources about queer families in elementary school classroom. Three teachers from Australia and several teachers from Ontario who have had significance experience teaching in elementary schools participated in this small study. Implications of the research for pre-service teacher education and for the professional learning of teachers more generally are outlined.

Part 2 (40 minutes): Participation: Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to consider more carefully the teachers’ perspectives and to address specific questions related to both the implications for policy and practice of addressing non-normative sexuality in schools.

10:30  12:00             

Concurrent Session                       The Revolution Will Not Be Circumcised: On Foreskin, Sexual Freedom and a Human Rights Struggle That Will Define the 21st Century

Glen Callender

As Canada’s queers celebrate their hard-won equality rights, we must be reminded that queer women and men are still fundamentally unequal in a way that (literally) cuts to the core of our sexualities—in spite of a constitution that guarantees equal protection under the law, the Canadian criminal code protects female minors from unnecessary genital cutting, yet fails to provide the same protection to young males.

In “The Revolution Will Not Be Circumcised,” Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project founder Glen Callender advocates for the human right of all children—male, female, and intersex—to grow up with intact genitals. He reveals how culturally-biased science, medicine and mass media perpetuate an essentially superstitious disdain for natural human male sexuality, and argues that the current drive to combat HIV through the mass circumcision of African males is a disastrous wrong turn that will ultimately increase infection rates.

In an alternately harrowing and hilarious presentation, Callender stands up for foreskin the way queer-rights advocates stood up for Canadian queers in the not-too-distant past—exposing flawed research and popular prejudices as red herrings that distract from the central issues of equality and fundamental human rights. Canadian males will not have true sexual freedom so long as other people have arbitrary editing rights over their sex organs when they are defenseless children—and as the “intactivist” movement grows ever larger and more vocal, it is becoming clear that the circumcision controversy is a human rights struggle that will define the 21st century.

13:30  15:00             

Concurrent Session                      Queering the School System         

James Chamberlain

Steve Mulligan

This interactive workshop focuses on the work of queer teachers, parents and supportive allies within the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and Vancouver School Board and how they have successfully integrated LGBTQ content into schools. The presenters, who are experienced teachers and queer activists, will provide concrete ideas, strategies and resources to participants. We will highlight how school boards and teacher unions have worked with queer community activists and supportive politicians to shift the school system to be more accepting of children from same-gender families, LGBTQ students and educators. There will also be time in this workshop for participants to share their ideas and strategies from other regions of the world.

13:30  15:00             

Concurrent Session                      Addressing Homophobia in Sport: the Canadian Experience

Jennifer Birch Jones

Karin Lofstrom

Guylaine Demers


13:30  15:00             

Concurrent Session                      Salaam Conference #2: Indigenous feminism, activism and spirituality  

Amai Kuda

Molisa Nyakale


  • Reclaiming Indigenous spirituality as a form of creative resistance: panel discussion

Reclaiming Indigenous spirituality as a form of creative resistance: panel discussion

What are the distinctiveness of indigenous people’s traditions and cultures? Exploring liberatory practices such as ma’at, ubuntu and sankofa on the premise that the future has an ancient mother....the African legacy

13:30  15:00             

Concurrent Session                      The ABC's of Diversity & Social Inclusion. The Building Blocks of Toronto's Diversity - Creating Excellence for Accessibility in Sport and Recreation.

Kristen Worley

 The City of Toronto, Canada’s capital and most diverse city is seeing and recognizing a ‘paradigm shift’ from multiculturalism to interculturalism in our growing and ever changing landscape of those living, working and thriving in Toronto. With a growing population of 2.5 million and 140 languages and dialects spoken here, and just over 30 per cent of Toronto residents speak a language other than English or French at home, is heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and ranked as the safest metropolitan in North America.  With the Canadian Government relying heavily on immigration to balance our declining birth rate, and Toronto being one of the key cities to migrate too crates great challenges. When we speak of “cultural’ diversity one part of the diversity family, if these trends continue, by the year 2020, over 60% of Toronto’s population will be made up of cultural minority groups.

 The shift to interculturalism is not one of politics, but one of necessity for the City of Toronto.  Looking at the issues of diversity to be inclusive, focusing on greater social ethics, and bring people and communities together across the Greater Toronto Area [GTA] sharing and learning from each other, rather than models of exclusion dividing individuals families and communities based on ones individual diversity, which encompasses cultural, social, physical differences and combinations there of the greater

‘Normal’. Clearly illustrating we have way more in common then we do difference.

 The role of sport has a unique opportunity to assist and ensure greater access, social inclusion and symmetry across all boroughs.  Joining them together as ‘one’ through our public facilities, recreational centres and programming.  Setting an example to other metropolitan cities across Canada and around the world. In a short time, we have been able to bring all three levels of government and several municipal partners together, committed and wishing to combine resources to design a communications strategy, language and education recognizing the magnitude and positive reach for all person(s) living in Toronto, empowering them about their physical literacy as part of their overall health, and ensuring they are able to reach their true individual potential.

 There has been early discussions to-date, met with great enthusiasm by all parties, that this plan will become the social legacy strategy for the Ontario Summer Games in 2012, as well for the Pan/Para American Games for 2015.  Illustrating to the world, of which the City of Toronto takes great pride in, our ability to embrace all normal human diversity in one city.  Time-and-time again, the importance and tremendous value to bring everyone together as ONE as we are all part of the same TEAM, as diversity embraces everyone, not unique to a person and or group. Each person has a story, and that ones individual diversity is no greater and or smaller than anyone else’s. It is invaluable, that we share our stories and learn from one and other.

As sport is much about playing a game on the playing field, it also equally and if not more has a role in social ethics off the playing field as a messenger of change and a conduit of bringing people together of varying backgrounds to share in an equal interest no matter ones diversity, which can act as the fundamental building blocks on creating greater education, awareness and bringing individuals and communities together through one common ground.  The City of Toronto has recognized these opportunities and value it brings, using our physical infrastructure and programming to create common linkages across the GTA.

 13:30  15:00             

Concurrent Session                      My Transjourney   

Reece Malone

In Canada, gender/sex reassignment surgery (SRS) is a legal requirement necessary for a trans individual to amend their sex designation on their birth certificate. What happens if and when a trans person does not need nor desire surgery? Does one go ahead with an undesired surgery or live with an incorrect birth certificate; birth certificates being the gatekeeper to all legal identification amendments. In 2009 Reece Malone from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada filed a human rights complaint challenging current policies requiring SRS as a necessity for a legal sex change.

 This session includes Reece sharing his journey, including legal outcomes, with a discussion on public policy implications, issues, challenges and barriers for trans people in similar circumstances. 

 13:30  15:00             

Concurrent Session                      Who is “coming out” and “coming in” to Play?

Matthu Strang

 Many researchers would argue that sport is an inherently hyper heterosexual masculinity-building project. What happens when non-dominant groups such as gay men develop their own sport leagues? What tensions get generated? What remains the same in these unique sport environments?  I will explore in this paper how hyper-masculine normativity is created, maintained and resisted in non-normative sporting spaces.  Specifically, I will examine how sportsmanship is “cultivated” in a multi-gender lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) soccer league.  Drawing upon my own research, I explore how queer sporting bodies negotiate (homo) normativity through contesting and confirming neo-liberal values of ‘sportsmanship’. I will demonstrate that this occurs in five overlapping areas: 1) through gender and racialization, 2) through sexual behavior, 3) through healthy lifestyles discourse, 4) through attention to athletic skills and 5) through body capital and economics.  Through these five interlocking "sacromeres" I suggest that ‘a queer muscularity’ and ‘a normative queer nationhood’ is being (re)produced by and through queer sporting bodies and sports spaces.  I will conclude that assumptions about queer sporting spaces that make claims to be or are assumed to be more inclusive because of histories of marginalization in sport spaces may facilitate the (re)production of dominant discourses and norms.