A dek hockey game to counter homophobia

pour-souligner-journee-internationale-lutte(Granby) There are boys, there are girls, and everything in between. And then there’s love, which has neither sex nor age nor borders. To mark International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, Other-People, a nonprofit organization and a support network for lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) Haute-Yamaska, organized a dek hockey friendly match between players of Titans from high school of the Divine Word and Inouk Cegep de Granby.

According to the coordinator Catherine Masse, the world of sport is one where homophobia persists, despite the opening of minds. This is why the activity was of a highly symbolic. “It’s still very male environment, which does not leave room for homosexuality. Conversely, a girl performs in certain disciplines may be treating lesbian. It touches on notions heterosexism: there are things for guys, things for girls, and what is between the two does not exist, “says the speaker.

“At Divers-Gens, it is believed that everyone has the right to love who they want regardless of its orientation, identity or sexual expression,” she adds.

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Fortunately, homosexuality and the concept of trans identity, that is to say when an individual is not associated with their birth gender, are increasingly accepted by the general population as current realities, this, thanks largely to the real cases of media coverage. “The more we talk, the more we want to talk and it seems normal, says Masse. And in the case of transgender, for example, there are people like Michelle Blanc and Marie-Marcelle Godbout who helped publicize this reality. That meant that more and more parents are aware. It’s so much better happens when the child is surrounded by love. ”

It is also believed that Jean-Sébastien Sauvé, a PhD student specializing in the rights of trans people, and lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Montreal. “I think the more we talk, the more it is accepted, he says. The media broadcasting more and more cases, and they are victories that are presented in many cases. For someone who sees transgender that’s more encouraging to take steps knowing that he is not alone in his case. ”

The power of words

Beyond the demystification and awareness of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, there is a lot of work to do on the ground to make people aware of the weight of the words they choose to express themselves, Does notes -we.

“A bunch of guys together that deal with” SIFF “For them it’s funny, but they do not realize that this is a term that is offensive to homosexuals, shows Ms. Masse. They never would think of treating a gay fag, but the young side who asks and hears that, it takes away perhaps the taste of open … ”

“The meaning of these words is not necessarily the same as before. But there is always a connection between the weakness of someone and the word we choose, and it can hurt. Do not use a difference to discriminate or to decrease someone else, “she continues.

Jean-Sébastien Sauvé said for his part that education has an important role to play in the choice of words. “There is still a lot of rude comments in the place of gay or trans, particularly on social media. It shows that it remains a certain misunderstanding of the phenomenon. There are still a lot of work to do for acceptance, but we are heading in the right direction, “he believes.

Divers-People took the business to continue its distribution of bracelets in the colors of the rainbow sky, a symbol of the LGBT community. Since May 4, the organization has awarded more than 1,500 people in Granby and the region.

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