Scouts Canada does not discriminate for reasons of sexual orientation or gender identity BP&P. As such, leaders who may or may not have very much experience or knowledge in the area of sexual orientation or gender identity issues may find themselves facing a situation in which they need to confront them, either from youth participants or adult volunteers. This page contains resources that may be useful not only in approaching these issues properly and respectfully, but also in demonstrating Scouting's solidarity with sexual minority communities of Canadians.
"LGBT2Q" is an acronym referring to various communities of sexual minorities in our society. Other forms of this acronym may be seen.
Supporting Young LGBT2Q Scouts
Adult volunteers as persons in positions of trust with our youth. As such, they may find themselves in a situation where a LGBT2Q youth is disclosing their sexual orientation in confidence. The young person is likely to be very nervous about speaking to someone about their sexual orientation. There are a number of things you need to consider when a young person approaches you.
- Listen! If it is not appropriate to discuss the matter there and then, be sure to fix a time that is convenient so that the young person knows when they can discuss the matter with you.
- Make sure that you are talking in the correct environment. Conversations should be confidential but with other adults within hearing or sight.
Be sure to remember to conduct conversation with young people in accordance with Scouts Canada's diversity policy. If you are uncomfortable to talk about this subject with the young person concerned, offer the young person details of a relevant organization in their area who are qualified to discuss and support the matter appropriately. (See Resources Below)