Holy Homophobia with Dr. Tonya Callaghan

Holy Homophobia poster 3Date: April 8, 2013 (6-8pm)
Location: PE261, 1st Choice Savings Center for Sport and Wellness, U of L Campus
Cost: Free, Everyone is Welcome!

Although Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures same-sex equality in Canada, some teachers in Alberta Catholic schools are fired for contravening Catholic doctrine about non-heterosexuality, while Ontario students’ requests to establish Gay/Straight Alliances are denied. This presentation emphasizes the findings and implications of a qualitative study that examines the causes and effects of the long-standing disconnect between Canadian Catholic schools and the Charter by comparing the treatment of and attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (lgbtq) teachers and students in publicly-funded Catholic school systems in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario.

Dr. Tonya Callaghan is the author of the book That’s so Gay! Homophobia in Canadian Catholic Schools. She has over ten years teaching experience in national and international, rural and urban, Catholic and non-Catholic environments. Her award-winning doctoral thesis Holy Homophobia: Doctrinal Disciplining of Non-Heterosexuals in Canadian Catholic Schools explores Catholic resistance to anti-homophobia education in both curriculum and educational policy. A graduate of the University of Toronto and a recent recipient of both the Killam and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, Tonya Callaghan is now an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary.

This event is free and open to all. To RSVP online, please go to: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/cmtbonifacio/holy-homophobia-with-dr-tonya-callaghan/

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Dr. Tonya Callaghan’s public lecture is organized by Charmaine Bonifacio as an independent project with Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group (LPIRG). The event is supported and funded by LPIRG (2013).


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