gegi.ca is an online knowledge mobilization hub created by Dr. Lee Airton (Faculty of Education, Queen’s University), Dr. Kyle Kirkup (Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa), and their research team. The goal of gegi.ca is to equip all Ontario students and teachers – whether transgender or cisgender – with the tools to advocate at school for the right to express and live their gender in their own way without experiencing discrimination, harassment, or violence, and without being told they have to change. Recognizing that gender expression and gender identity have been protected grounds in the Ontario Human Rights Code since 2012, gegi.ca indirectly supports schools in learning about how their structures, practices, and curricula may have to change.
All content and resources were created from findings of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada-funded research project titled “Gender expression” under construction: How school boards are shaping Ontario’s newest human rights category (2018-2020). The project gathered every publicly-available policy document authored by an Ontario public or Catholic school board between 2012-2019 that contained the term ‘gender expression’ in order to explore how school boards are interpreting this concept and its impact on school practices. Some resources were created based on Dr. Airton’s collaborations with Dr. Susan Woolley (Colgate University).
Current team members and alumni:
Shay Hadley – Project Coordinator
The Gegi.ca website was developed and programmed by Carms Ng. Intial design by Leslie Martin Design.
Translation was completed by Amélie Rochette, certified translator, Ottiaq with the support of an inclusive French translation consultant (InclusiveFrench@gmail.com); e: InclusiveFrench@gmail.com
Gegi the Unicorn and all drawings were created by Cai Sepulis.
This research is supported by funding from the following sources, gratefully acknowledged: