What is SOGI?

Many Names for the SOGI Agenda :

SOGIESexual Orientation and Gender Identity and ExpressionUnited Nations

SOGI123SEXUAL ORIENTATION GENDER IDENTITYManitoba, Alberta and British Columbia Canada

SOGISexual Orientation and Gender IdentityUnited States

SELSocial-Emotional Learning also known as Social-Emotional LiteracyUnited States

RSE – Relationship and Sexuality EducationUnited Kingdom, Wales, New Zealand, Australia, Alberta

CSE – Comprehensive Sexuality Education ProgramUnited Kingdom, United States

GIDS – Gender Identity Development Service – Wales, United Kingdom

HPE – Health and Physical Education – Australia

The following are notes from a School Board meeting, trying to convince concerned parents that SOGI123 is safe and necessary for all children. What it does not mention is what has happened to children in the recent years who have gone through these SOGI123 programs – such as “top surgery” and “detransformation” or detransition.


( NOTES From British Columbia School Board SD 68 CONCERNED PARENTS )


  1. Is SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) a Curriculum?

“There is no SOGI curriculum. SOGI is a thread that can be addressed throughout many subjects and topics.  Teachers choosing to address SOGI in the curriculum is NOT about students developing a particular set of beliefs around sexual orientation and gender identity.  It is about building understanding of the diverse society that we live in and learning to treat each other with dignity and respect regardless of our differences.  The Ministry of Education is responsible for the creation of BC curriculum.  SOGI 123 provides ready-to-use, grade-level SOGI-inclusive lesson plans that align with that curriculum.  Teachers can customize SOGI 123 lesson plans to meet the needs of their classrooms.”

  1. Where did SOGI come from?

“SOGI 123 was created by ARC Foundation in collaboration with BC Ministry of EducationBC Teachers’ FederationUBC Faculty of EducationOut in Schools, nine school districts across BC, and local, national and international LGBTQ2 (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirited) community organizations.  We are working together to address the immediate need to support marginalized LGBTQ students by affecting rapid and progressive change in attitudes, policies, and practices toward creating safer and more inclusive school environments for all students.  The primary platform for SOGI 123 is SOGIeducation.org to use tools and resources created by educators, for educators.”

  1. Who is ARC?

 The ARC Foundation (Awareness, Respect, Capacity) is based in Vancouver, BC and supports projects that exhibit Awareness, Respect and Capacity …”in improving the status of those who are marginalized in society by sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or financial status”.  They support the Vancouver Queer Film Festival and the Out in Schools program.  This is a program that promotes the LGBTQ2 community largely through cinematic presentations in schools and other venues.

  1. How does this affect SD 68?

The Nanaimo and Ladysmith School District was one of the earliest districts to launch the program at the beginning of 2016/2017.  On June 1, 2016 the school board passed an inclusion policy that amends two previous policies while ensuring that…” both the SOGI and MCRR (Multi-Cultural and Race Relations) administrative procedures will be enhanced and remain in place (italics mine)“.  This policy document was accompanied by “enhanced SOGI administrative procedures“.  This document is entitled Administrative Procedure 347 – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

  1. So what exactly is SOGI 123?

“SOGI 123 has three phases which have clear outcomes and tools for educators to make their schools and classrooms LGBTQ-inclusive.”  These are:


“SOGI-INCLUSIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES SAVE LIVES.  Effective policies and procedures that explicitly reference SOGI have been proven to reduce discrimination, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts for all students.”


 “INCLUSIVE LEARNING INVOLVES EVERY PART OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM.  When successfully integrated, inclusive operations, language, and practices create positive and welcoming environments for all students.”



Ready-to-use, age-appropriate, SOGI-inclusive lesson plans are aligned with the new BC curriculum for integration into all subject matter.”

  1. Can you tell me more?

The information for SOGI 123 is basically all available on the ARC website or the B.C. Ministry of Education website:  https://bc.sogieducation.org/sogi3.

An outline for what you will find there is:


  1. a) A list of the 10 key Components for Effective SOGI-Inclusion policies and Procedures,
  2. b) 6 – 5 minute Learning Burst Videos,
  3. c) 4 – 40 minute Learning Module Videos.


  1. a) General examples of the First Steps for Using Inclusive Language,
  2. b) High level glossary of terms used and associated with the LGBTQ2 community,
  3. c) Detailed glossary of terms used and associated with the LGBTQ2 community,
  4. d) A lengthy list of the Friends of SOGI including the BCTF, Out in Schools, QMUNITY and Egale,
  5. e) The Pink Day toolkit,
  6. f) The same videos as in SOGI 1.


This section, perhaps the most troublesome, includes a list of Lesson Plans cited as Curriculum Resources that must be supplemental to the curriculum.  It is broken down into 13 Elementary and 8 Secondary lesson plans.

  1. a) Elementary Lesson Plans

K-12 – Why “That’s So Gay” is not Okay

K/1 Social Studies & PHE – Family Diversity

K/1 Social Studies & PHE – Name Calling

K/1/2/3  English Language Arts, Social Studies & PHE  – Pronouns

K/1/2/3/4 English Language Arts & Arts Education – Gender and Labels

K/1/2/3/4 English Language Arts – LGBTQ+ Families

K/1/2/3/4 English Language Arts & Arts Education – Gender and Diversity

2/3 English Language Arts & PHE – Gender Identity

2/3/4/5 English Language Arts & PHE– Questioning Gender Expectations

4/5 Physical and Health Education – Gender Identity, Media and Stereotypes

5/6/7 Social Studies – LGBTQ+ Human Rights

5/6/7 Arts Education & PHE – Gender Stereotypes and Bullying

6) /7 PHE &English Language Arts – Gender and Appearance in Media

  1. b) Secondary Lesson Plans

K-12 – Why “That’s So Gay” is not Okay

8/9 Physical and Health Education – Gender Identity

8/9 English Language Arts – Gender Stereotypes in Literature

8/9/10 English Language Arts – Social Justice Vocabulary

8/9/10/11/12 English Language Arts – Gender in Short Stories and Poetry

8/9/10 Physical and Health Education & 10/11/12 Social Studies – Language and Terminology

10/11/12 Social Studies / BC First Peoples / Indigenous Studies – Indigenous Perspectives of Gender

10/11/12 Science, Life Sciences, Biology & Anatomy and Physiology – Intersex Biology

  1. c) There are 49 videos associated with SOGI 3 as learning aids,
  2. d) There are 48 books associated as learning aids.

Calgary SOGI ARC : SOGI Educator Network in Alberta in September 2017




Ontario – SEL ( Social Emotional Learning )


School Districts : 

SD5 – Southeast Kootenay, Cranbrook  “POLICY 19” 

SD6 – Rock Mountain, Invermere 

SD8 – Kooteney  SD10 – Arrow Lake, Nakusp

SD19 – Revelstoke  SD20 – Kootenay-Columbia

SD23 – Central OkanaganKelowna – Watson Road Elementary

SD28 – Quesnel  SD33 – Chilliwack  SD34 – Abbotsford  SD35 – Langley 

SD36 – Surrey,  Surrey School Board  SD37 – Delta

SD38 – Richmond  SD39 – Vancouver

SD40 – New Westminister  SD41 – Burnaby

SD42 – Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows  SD43 – Coquitlam

SD44 – North Vancouver  SD45 – West Vancouver

SD46 – Sunshine Coast  SOGI faqs for parents guardians

SD47 – Powell River  SD48 – Seato Sky, Squamish  SD49 – Central Coast, Hagensborg

SD50 – Haida Gwaii, Daajing Giids  SD51 – Boundary, Grande Forks  SD52 – Prince Rupert

SD53 – Okanagan Similkameen, Oliver  SD54 – Bukleyk, Smithers

SD57 – Prince George  SD60 – Peace River  SD61 – Victoria

SD70 – Pacific Rim  SD79 – Cowichan  SD83 – North Okanagan

SD71 – Comox Valley, Courtenay  SD72 – Campbell River

SD73 – Kamloops/Thompson  SD74 – Gold Trail, Ashcroft

SD74 – Mission SD78 – Fraser-Cascade, Hope  SD79 – Cowichan Valley, Duncan  SD81 – Fort Nelson

SD82 – Coast Mountains, Terrace  SD83 – North Okanagan-Shuswap, Salmon Arm

SD84 – Vancouver Island West, Gold River  SD85 – Vancouver Island North, Port Hardy

SD87 – Stikine, Dease Lake  SD91 – Nechako Lakes, Vanderhoof

SD92 – Nisga’a, New Aiyansh  SD93 – Conseil scolaire francophone, Richmond 

University / College : 


United States (SOGI)

Alaska, Washington State, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North CarolinaVirginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, District of Columbia