Gender Identity

Heartspeak builds on and strengthens the safe schools, equity and inclusion policies and also provides a vehicle to move forward The Accepting Schools Act in Ontario

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Gender Preferred

Gender Preferred focuses on the lived experiences of transgender children, youth, adults, and the families/allies who support them.

At the core of the documentary we meet 8-year-old Danielle, a transgendered girl, and witness the transitions four generations are experiencing together (her brother, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother).

Stories deal with mental health, transitions, rights, supports, friends, and family and insights into the gender queer and two-spirit experience. 


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Gender, Pride, and Resilience

Dealing with school-life experiences, challenges (mental health, stigma, bullying, abuse, alienation, depression, suicide and loss), supports, encouragement, rights, the value of giving back and sharing stories, Gender, Pride & Resilience features a collective of local and international voices sharing lessons from the heart and poignant insights related to the lived LGBTQ experiences of children, youth, young adults, families, and allies. Taking us on a journey inside, family members, and allies call us to embrace our common humanity across our schools, homes, workplace and communities.

What viewers/teachers are saying

  1. essential for sensitivity training for the entire school community
    about LGBTQI issues

  2. it’s so impactful to hear from the youth and their own personal
    journey/struggle/story

  3. emphasizes our need for human empathy, understanding
    and compassion

  4. the importance of a ‘significant adult’ or ally—the difference
    one person can make

  5. whole staff should hear this message so they can
    be more attentive

Gender Preferred

Gender Preferred is a one-hour documentary featuring poignant insights and lessons from the heart from the lived experiences of trans, gay, lesbian, and queer youth.

At the core of the documentary we meet 8-year-old Danielle, a transgendered girl, and witness the transitions four generations are experiencing together (her mother, grandmother, and great grandmother).

Taking us on a journey inside, Casey, James, Don, Jeremy, Brett, Braxton, family members, and allies call us to embrace our common humanity across our communities, workplaces, schools and homes.


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Becoming Sarah

This new Heartspeak documentary features Sarah, formerly John—father and community college professor—as she approaches and lives out her life-changing decision to embrace her identity and live as a woman in the workplace at age 65!

Sarah, her family, grown children, and colleagues, share teachable moments as they learn through this transgender experience at home and work.


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