We owe it to the kids to stamp out homophobia and bullying in schools

By Hilary Rose. Published May 16, 2012 in the Montreal Gazette

Same-sex marriage has recently received support from perhaps its most significant champion to date: U.S President Barack Obama. Canadians can feel proud to have been among the first to take the lead on legalizing same-sex marriage seven years ago with the adoption of Bill C-38.

Obama’s personal support is a solid step toward ensuring the equal rights of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) adults. But does it mean we are moving closer to ending homophobia? Sadly, no. It’s time to take the lead on another front: ensuring the equal rights of our LGBTQ youth.

My latest research, published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies, highlights encouraging advances in Canada’s family policies that support equal rights for same-sex couples. But research has also uncovered a glaring omission: we are not doing enough to protect our LGBTQ youth.

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