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Jason Kenney made the personal the political when he said parents should be notified when a kid joins their school's gay-straight alliance - which, of course, has the effect of outing them. Jason Kenney proposed one rule for gay kids, and an entirely different rule for guys like him. You know, like hypocrites do.
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Duncan Kinney of Progress Alberta argues that "Alberta Should Be Proud of Gay-Straight Alliances in its Schools" (Huffington Post, 6 January 2017). He states that progressives need to celebrate the "v...
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It takes an incredible amount of courage and leadership to actually go to the principal at an outwardly Christian school and ask to start a GSA. To those students, you have my admiration and my respect. Students all over Alberta need to know that it can happen at their school, too.
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We are told that the prohibition of homosexuality is black and white in Islam. Comparisons are often made between sins like eating pork, drinking wine, committing adultery and homosexuality. However, all such arguments do not reflect a reasonable understanding of Islamic law, which is meant for the welfare of human beings and not for sole subjugation.
When the right of a tax-funded separate Catholic school system was put into the constitution back in 1867, it was a way of protecting the religious, cultural and language rights of the minority French (who were predominantly Catholic) from the majority English (who were predominantly Protestant) at a time when all schooling was church-run. We now live in a multicultural country based on equality and yet somehow in three provinces it's still considered kosher that one religious group gets tax-funded schooling but not Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist, Hindus, etc. It's the dictionary definition of privilege.
Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton are 11, and hoping to start Canada's first Catholic elementary school Gay-Straight Alliance club.
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If you haven't seen this video regarding Bill 10, you should stop what you're doing and watch it right now. Ryan Jespersen, host of Breakfast Television Edmonton, gave an impassioned and articulate r...
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Let's play THE GAME OF LIFE (Alberta LGBTQ Youth Edition) as we go through Mr. Prentice's statement pulling back Bill 10.
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This week in Alberta some things hit the metaphorical fan when the government introduced Bill 10, which would allow the province's school boards to reject students' requests to create a peer-support group known as a gay-straight alliance (or GSA). Supporters say it would reduce bullying and save lives. Frankly, I'm sick of people allowing their personal beliefs and prejudices to make our society less progressive, less inclusive, and less safe.
If the "Lake of Fire" fiasco that cost the Wildrose the last election is any indication, Albertans overwhelmingly vote against a party that smells of promoting homophobia, so there is no need to seek a "safe middle ground" on this wedge issue. In fact, the "middle ground" is not so politically safe for right wing parties. In two years, it will be far less safe. So why is Prentice talking tough but actually equivocating on an issue for which he clearly has overwhelming public support?
Recently, Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman proposed Bill 202 that would allow students to start a Gay Straight Alliance club in their schools. However, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice wants to counter the "unfair and unbalanced approach" of Bill 202. For Canada's LGBTQ youth, whose suicide statistics are startlingly high, GSAs may make a difference between life and death. Indeed, the cardinal principle of many religions is to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. If we cannot show grace for our LGBTQ neighbours and families, are we really living up to that hallowed principle of our own faiths?
Recently, the Alberta Legislature voted down a motion that urged the government to support students who want to set up gay straight alliances (GSAs) in their schools. The arguments against the motion...
Keeping all children safe and happy is our first priority. Let's teach the kids in public school to always show great love and respect to all people, no matter race, creed, colour or sexual orientation.
A couple of years ago, the Learning Coordinator for Safe Schools asked me if I would be a keynote speaker at their annual Gay Straight Alliance Conference under the theme: It Gets Better. Here's what I said.
As the product of private, religious schools that didn't offer classes in sexual education, I can tell you with some degree of assurance that young men do not necessarily need to be taught about sex in school -- they do just fine figuring it out for themselves. I'll go a step further: any young male or female with even the slightest modicum of common sense should instinctively comprehend the many values of practicing sex safely.
The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association rejected Dalton McGuinty's proposal to create a gay-straight alliance in schools. Instead, it has created a Catholic version, "Respecting Differences" groups, outlined in a 12-page report that doesn't once mention the forbidden word (gay, shhh!).
Those who oppose rights for gays will claim religious freedom and they are, in fact, entitled to it. Ultimately the question of gay-straight alliances in Catholic schools is not about religion or sexuality. It is about the right to feel safe in publicly-funded schools and in their own skin.
The Catholic school boards take our taxpayer money and use that to create environments that disregard the rights and values that bind us together as a province and nation. As long as we're the ones footing the bill for your little 'God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve' sideshow, there is no debate.