Questions & Answers: Sexual Orientation in Schools Open Access


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Wells, Kristopher
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Public Health Agency of Canada
Inclusive education
Sexual health
Gender minorities
Sexual minorities
Queer youth
Sexual orientation
Sexual minority students
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First published in 1994 and revised in 2003 and 2008, the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education (Guidelines) were developed to assist professionals working in the area of health promotion and sexual health education in programming which supports positive sexual health outcomes. Feedback from a national evaluation of the Guidelines indicated the need for companion documents to provide more detailed information, evidence and resources on specific issues. In response, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) identified a ‘question and answer’ format as an appropriate way to provide information to educators and other professional working with school-aged populations. The Questions and Answers styled documents are intended to cover a range of topics reflecting current issues in sexual health education with school-aged populations, are evidence-based and use inclusive language as reflected in the Guidelines. This document, Questions & Answers: Sexual Orientation in Schools, is intended to address the most commonly asked questions regarding the sexual orientation of youth in school settings. The goal of this resource is to assist educators, curriculum and program planners, school administrators, policy-makers and health professionals in the creation of supportive and healthy school environments for youth struggling with issues of sexual orientation.
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© 2010 Kristopher Wells. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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Wells, K. (2010). Questions & Answers: Sexual Orientation in Schools. Public Health Agency of Canada.
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