Title

Stakeholder Perspectives on Ontario's Bill 13: A Macrosystem-level Intervention Supporting Gay-Straight Alliances and Other Initiatives Affirming LGBT Youth

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2019

Publication Title

Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice

Volume

10

Issue

3

First page number:

1

Last page number:

31

Abstract

Researchers have argued for the positive impact education legislation can have as a macrosystem-level intervention on the implementation of microsystem- and mesosystem-level interventions (e.g., Gay-Straight Alliances) empirically documented to support sexual and gender minority students. This paper presents the findings of a qualitative Community-Based Research study that explored the perspectives of advocates for LGBT students from Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada, on the impact of Bill 13; a bill purportedly proposed to address the needs of minority youth in publicly-funded schools. This paper emphasizes the value of legislation that is able to both explicitly mandate the implementation of LGBT-affirming initiatives empirically recognized to promote student mental health, and provide flexibility for advocates to develop new initiatives that will meet the specific needs of their minority students.

Keywords

LGBT youth; Gay-straight alliances; Legislation; Policy; Macro-system level intervention; Mental health

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Law | Legislation | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

Language

English


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