HSSE was created by Derek Forgie, a married heterosexual male to champion the equal rights of people in the LGBTQ community. HSSE created a calendar in support of gay rights, has many videos on the internet speaking on the topic, and does frequent talks in high schools to students about equality.
Mission: The HSSE is a heterosexual voice of equality in regards to same-sex issues. Our mandate is to bring a message of acceptance and understanding to society, by correcting misinformation and cultural myths which negatively affect civil rights surrounding same-sex issues. We enable heterosexual participation, providing the means for all people to develop and demonstrate their support for same-sex equality.
Equality Check: Among the many initiatives that the HSSE is immersed in, the jewel in our crown is our “Equality Check” presentations. Equality Check delicately mediates a back-and-forth discussion between all groups and helps chip away at common misconceptions about homosexuality. Our “Equality Check” presentation promotes acceptance before intolerance, a refreshing standpoint rather than an accusatory diatribe. Students and teachers from across the province find the HSSE’s presentation to be accessible, uplifting and relevant to their schools commitment to safety, inclusion and character development.
Why the Exclusionary Nomenclature? A lot of people wonder why this organization needs to have the word “heterosexuals” in its name. This is a perfectly valid question, and one that raised a tremendous amount of discussion before the decision was finally made about the name. The reason for this seemingly exclusionary title is, in fact, inclusivity. For too long, in the eyes of bigoted people, the battle for same-sex equality has been that of a (wonderful) dedicated minority. Furthermore, in a battle against that minority, organizations and governments have claimed the support and voice of the majority in their unjust and relentless denial of equal human and civil rights for members of the LGBTQ communities.
In short, for far too long, officials have been spreading the horrible lie that the majority are unjust, intolerant, and hateful. It is simply time for the truth. Most of us are compassionate, loving, tolerant, and hopeful for the future. And we are the majority. To learn more, visit Facebook.com/TheHSSE.