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Friday, February 25, 2022

Conference Theme:  Gender, Diversity and Inclusion
Docs For Schools is honoured to work with GLAAD to produce this conference.

  • Cost: FREE
  • Location: Online
  • Who May Attend: Elementary and secondary teachers in Canada
  • Time: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm ET
  • Registration: Must Register to receive access code


Questions? Contact Lesley Sparks


  • Documentary: Changing the Game
  • Conversation: Presented in partnership with Athlete Ally, A Conversation About the Power of Inclusion in Sport with Quinn and Hulu's Changing the Game film producer Alex Schmider* 

Changing the Game

  • D: Michael Barnett
  • USA
  • 95 min

  • Presentation: Transgender Storytelling & Cultural Impact GLAAD's presentation will begin with an overview of what it means to be transgender and non-binary, including terminology, and the cultural landscape of gender diversity, specifically in the U.S. and Canada. Then we will look at the current state of transgender people in media, how these story exports impact cultural understanding, and guidance for best practices for allyship in practice—interpersonally and institutionally. 
  • Q&A opportunity with Alex following the presentation

Speaker Bios

QuinnQuinn is a professional soccer player for Canada's National Team and for OL Reign in the National Women's Soccer League. Quinn was drafted 3rd overall in the NWSL 2018 College Draft, earning the title of highest drafted Canadian player in NWSL history. Since earning their international debut in 2013, Quinn has helped the Canadian National Team win a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and a gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Quinn became the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics and the first openly transgender athlete to win an Olympic medal of any kind. Quinn has been involved with Athlete Ally since being a collegiate athlete at Duke University, and has worked with Duke alumni and other activists in the community to fight against anti transgender legislation that limits or prohibits the participation of transgender athletes in sports. Quinn also helps lead the Canadian Soccer Players Association and is a member of The Canadian Olympic team Athletes Commission.

Alex SchmiderAlex Schmider is an award-winning film producer and the Associate Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD where he advises media and entertainment industry leaders, and consults with production companies, editorial teams, brands, and corporations on how best to approach transgender characters, storylines, marketing, social impact campaigns, and gender inclusion on digital platforms. He is a producer of the Hulu Original Documentary Changing the Game (2021) and Netflix Original Documentary Disclosure (2020). Named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for media in 2017, Schmider was most recently recognized on them's 2021 Now List of LGBTQ+ visionaries.
Thank you to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO for their patronage of this conference.