Making the Case

Making the Case

LGBTQ2S+ Rights and Religion in Schools

by Donn Short, Bruce MacDougall and Paul T. Clarke

Published by: UBC Press

180 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9780774880718
  • Published: October 2021


A principal forbids same-sex prom dates. A community group tries to prohibit gender-neutral bathrooms. Despite growing acceptance of LGBTQ2S+ rights, Canadian schools regularly become battlegrounds in clashes between students wishing to express their sexuality or gender identity and those who perceive this as a threat to their values.

Making the Case clearly shows how Canadian law responds to "competing" human rights claims, when there is a clash between people asserting sexual minority rights and those asserting religious rights. The authors call on related court cases to explain the position of Canadian law. They demonstrate that Canadians have rights to religion and rights to gender expression or sexual orientation; and that supporting sexual minority rights does not undermine other people’s rights to religious freedom.

This accessible book is an important tool for anyone working to create an inclusive school environment, or needing to respond to a rights-based conflict within their school.