What is SOGI?
Many Names for the SOGI Agenda :
SOGIE – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression – United Nations
SOGI – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – United States
SEL – Social-Emotional Learning also known as Social-Emotional Literacy – 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.
- 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.”
- Where did SOGI come from?
“SOGI 123 was created by ARC Foundation in collaboration with BC Ministry of Education, BC Teachers’ Federation, UBC Faculty of Education, Out 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 1 – POLICIES
“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.”
SOGI 2 – ENVIRONMENTS
“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.”
SOGI 3 – RESOURCES
“CAN I INCORPORATE SOGI INTO THE CURRICULUM? YES.
Ready-to-use, age-appropriate, SOGI-inclusive lesson plans are aligned with the new BC curriculum for integration into all subject matter.”
- 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:
- a) A list of the 10 key Components for Effective SOGI-Inclusion policies and Procedures,
- b) 6 – 5 minute Learning Burst Videos,
- c) 4 – 40 minute Learning Module Videos.
- a) General examples of the First Steps for Using Inclusive Language,
- b) High level glossary of terms used and associated with the LGBTQ2 community,
- c) Detailed glossary of terms used and associated with the LGBTQ2 community,
- d) A lengthy list of the Friends of SOGI including the BCTF, Out in Schools, QMUNITY and Egale,
- e) The Pink Day toolkit,
- 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.
- a) Elementary Lesson Plans
- b) Secondary Lesson Plans
- c) There are 49 videos associated with SOGI 3 as learning aids,
- d) There are 48 books associated as learning aids.
Ontario – SEL ( Social Emotional Learning )
School Districts :
SD6 – Rock Mountain, Invermere
SD19 – Revelstoke SD20 – Kootenay-Columbia
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
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
SD71 – Comox Valley, Courtenay SD72 – Campbell River
SD73 – Kamloops/Thompson SD74 – Gold Trail, Ashcroft
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 :
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