Halton Catholic schools ban gay-straight alliance groups
Halton Catholic schools ban gay-straight alliance groupsWith the world's spotlight on the It Gets Better campaign and gay teen suicides, the urgency for schools to create gay-straight alliance (GSA) groups seems obvious.
But while the Ontario Ministry of Education thinks GSAs are important, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) takes a different view. The HCDSB feels the groups are harmful and has issued a ban on GSAs altogether.
"We don't have Nazi groups either," rationalizes board chair Alice Anne LeMay. "Gay-straight alliances are banned because they are not within the teachings of the Catholic Church."
"If a gay student requests a gay-straight alliance they would be denied," she says flatly. "It's not in accordance with the teachings of the church. If they wanted to have a club outside of school, fine, just not in school."
“Schools that have GSAs are a lot more open, caring, welcoming and a whole lot safer,” says Helen Kennedy, executive director of Egale Canada, who has been involved in the fight against homophobia and transphobia in schools for the past two years. She is quick to point out that many other Catholic schools in Ontario have GSA groups.
Apparently students can create groups, just none that have the word “gay” in the title.
From an impromptu note on Facebook, please email to protest this despicable homophobia.
Minister of Education: firstname.lastname@example.org