CIS learns about Acceptance, LGBTQ, and Gender Identity Issues

CIS learns about Acceptance, LGBTQ, and Gender Identity Issues

Through CIS’ connection with the Consul General of Canada, on November 15th, 2018 CIS hosted a the Consul’s guest in Vietnam, Canadian storyteller and proud member of the transgender community, Ivan Coyote. 

Ivan is a storyteller and filmmaker working as the writer-in-residence Sandford Fleming University in British Columbia, Canada.

Ivan has written 11 books, created six full-length live shows, four short films, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is best known for a book called Tomboy Survival Guide. Ivan regularly travels to schools and public audiences all around the world speaking about topics such as gender identity, LGBTQ issues, class, family, and social justice.

The talk Ivan gave to our 8th-12th grade students included stories of family, acceptance, and gender identity development at various stages of Ivan’s life.

Each class prepared for Ivan’s visit by reading and listening to one of Ivan’s stories, and analyzing and discussing it as a class. Ivan used an innate gift of humor and the ability to connect with our students to teach them that they’re not very different from transgender individuals. Ivan also helped the students understand that learning to accept others can be easy and should be a priority. Ivan provided a question and answer session and stayed to meet individual students as well. The students showed warm acceptance towards Ivan.

Commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all students is not a new concept at CIS. Our school provides character education on character traits including respect, cooperation, and peacemaking. Both the staff and students at CIS felt honored for the opportunity to have Ivan speak at our school.

Carly Svenstrup, Elementary Guidance Counselor, CIS