The Youth Project is extremely disappointed with the actions of a local McDonalds Restaurant in terminating Kenny Cooly and including earlier news coverage and media attention as a reason for termination (we're not lovin' it).
For an employer to include mention of the very positive news coverage as part of a termination discussion can only be interpreted as transphobia.
We commend Kenny in sharing his story of success, a difficult thing to do when there is the risk of transphobic backlash.
Despite explicit human rights protection employment discrimination continues to be a major issue for transgender people. There are high levels of unemployment and underemployment in the trans community, and being young can often leave a worker vulnerable to job security. Trans youth constantly tell us that transphobia and discrimination are major barriers to finding employment.
We call on McDonalds to immediately reinstate Kenny Cooly and issue an apology along with compensation. McDonalds also needs to review and update their policies around gender identity (and sexual orientation) to ensure future discrimination of this type does not happen. All youth need to grow up in a community that values the contributions of its transgender members.
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WE ARE HIRING!
The Youth Project Community Educator (3 Part time positions)
The Youth Project is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing support and services to youth, 25 and under, around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. We are currently seeking passionate and committed individuals for Community Educator positions in the Halifax, Yarmouth and Sydney areas.
• Facilitate interactive educational workshops on sexual orientation, gender identity, homophobia and transphobia in schools and community organizations.
• Tailor workshop activities and subjects to different audiences.
• Work with the Education Coordinator to arrange and schedule workshops.
• Represent the Youth Project positively, primarily in schools.
• Other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director.
• Strong knowledge of sexual orientation and gender identity and the role they play in the lives of young people.
• An understanding of homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism as well as racism, sexism, ageism, ableism and other forms of oppression and how they work together and affect the lives of young people.
• Good communication skills and experience in workshop facilitation and public speaking.
• Must value and utilize non-judgmental, non-confrontational participant centered learning.
• Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
• Must be willing to work flexible hours (may include some evenings and weekends)
• A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
• Willingness to travel throughout the province.
• Knowledge of Nova Scotia’s education system
• Ability to bring a two spirit or racialized perspective to the education workshops
This is a part time contract position for 18 hours per week, starting October 1, 2016 and running through to March 30, 2017. Further contracts may be possible but dependent on funding.
To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Kelly McNeil, Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 27, 2016.
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It Gets Better
Check out this It Gets Better video from the employees of Pride Health, Capital Health and the IWK - a big thank-you for all the Youth Project shout-outs! These are the people in your community!