Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) is holding an event to further understanding of gender diversity. In a virtual event, Dr. Lee Airton will discuss their work in supporting gender diversity, how gender diversity has influenced social and educational environments, and how gender diverse populations can approach obstacles with confidence and community support.
“Everyone, of all genders and sexualities, should enjoy support and belonging,” the library said in a media release dated Thursday, Sept 16, 2021. They went on to say that understanding how to support gender diversity is key to making all spaces welcoming.
Dr. Airton, Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education at Queen’s University, has a long history of helping individuals and groups embrace gender diversity in all areas of life, according to the release. Their Queen’s University biography shares more information about their work, publications, and research interests.
Registration is required for the virtual discussion, which takes place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.
“Dr. Airton’s efforts to make the topic of gender diversity accessible helps everyone,” said Librarian Jake Miller. “It helps youth build confidence and educators to provide safe environments for learning and socializing. They are really at the vanguard of making gender friendliness an important part of the learning landscape.”
The library included a list of Dr. Airton’s work, including the blog They Is My Pronoun, and the books Teaching About Gender Diversity: Teacher-Tested Lesson Plans for K-12 Classrooms, and Gender – Your Guide: A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say and What to Do in the New Gender Culture. They also created gegi.ca, where youth can learn to counter gender discrimination.
For more information about this event, visit www.kfpl.ca or call your local branch.