Anyone of a certain age and Canadian would immediately know “Tigress by Faberge” not so much for the fact it is a perfume but more that the great Carole Pope – Canadian indie rock icon of the late 1970s and early 1980s – wrote it into the song “High School Confidential” in 1980. The song was then the most sexually explicit song ever to hit the airwaves … in particular, a certain line about her jeans which is still too explicit to write here even in 2010.
On Friday night G and I attended the swank EGALE (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere) Annual Gala – appropriately titled “High School Confidential” at the Royal York Hotel. Three hundred and fifty of Toronto’s most fashionable gays and lesbians turned out to support the cause – which this year raised funds for myGSa.com – the national safer schools and inclusive education website for LGBTQ youth and educators.
Did you know that even today in Canada ….
- 66% of lesiban, gay, bisexual, two-spirited, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students feel unsafe at school;
- 45% of youth with LGBTQ parents have been sexually harassed at school;
- more than 10% of non-LGBTQ students have been physically harassed because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity; and,
- almost half of youth of colour – both LGBTQ and heterosexual – don’t know of any teachers or other school staff members who are supportive of LGBTQ students.
Yet despite these sad statistics, more than 14% of students completing Egale’s First National School Climate Survey in class self-identified as LGBTQ … How many of them do you think feel safe coming out?
10) the keynote was delivered by Georgina Beyer, who was born a boy in rural New Zealand and battled drugs, sex work and prejudice to become the world’s first trans politician; 11) much later that night, we’re finally close to home after a good night out for a good cause