I will never support "outing" LGBTQ students

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(Photo: Trustee Michael Janz with EPSB students & staff at Edmonton Pride Parade. Learn more about Pride Tape and stopping homophobia in sports )

I support GSAs and will never support "outing" vulnerable LGBTQ students.

Some candidates running for school trustee this election disagree, and want to "out" gay kids without their consent. They are supported by homophobic organizations who want to roll back the clock and undo the work we have taken building safe, caring, inclusive, and healthy learning environments.

It is important that all students feel welcomed at school, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, culture, socio-economic status, or any other factor.

All students must feel safe and cared for so that they can focus on learning and academic achievement. All staff are valued members of our school community and also deserve respect.

GSAs, or Gay-Straight Alliances, are peer-led groups where youth can support one another. They are undermined when confidentiality is not maintained.

I am a trustee and a parent who values parent choice and keeping informed. However, I know that some issues are easier for students to discuss with their peers. The vast majority of parents are loving, welcoming, and supportive and have strong communication with their children, but in the case that the student isn't ready to speak with their parents about LGBTQ issues, there could be dire consequences including homelessness or worse.

Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity is not a behaviour to be punished or a deficit to be fixed no more than a child’s ethno-cultural background is. Furthermore, I support the current practice that EPSB staff will not refer students to programs or services that attempt to change or repair a student's sexual orientation or gender identity, such as reparative or conversion therapy. This is not only unethical, it is wrong and harmful.

I have made my position clear. I support all students regardless of how they identify. I challenge all other School Trustee candidates to do the same.

Show your support. Sign the petition:

 

I support GSAs, student privacy, and continuing to forbid dangerous practices like “conversion/reparative” therapy in Edmonton Public Schools.

Who's signing

Juliana McArthur
Melissa Walker
Beth Kobly
Alison Barnett
Peter Field
Suzanne Forrest
Eileen Madigin
Sherri Heth
Jeff Samsonow
Thomas Bonifacio
Anne Vanderzyde
Derek Horneland
Jessica Wensman
Rebecca Collins
Sara Tomlinson
Makambe K Simamba
Ally Swist
Brian Ha
Bill Lee
Robyn Ferguson
Sarah Culkin
Sam Maroney
Nasra Adem
Holly Wilson
Elizabeth Stead
Les Thompson
Andreia Moretz-Sohn
Yasmeen Krameddine
Rhonda Scheurer
175 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Juliana McArthur
    signed 2017-10-16 13:42:11 -0600
  • Melissa Walker
    signed 2017-10-16 11:21:28 -0600
  • Beth Nicol
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-15 20:16:15 -0600
    Sign the petition: Support Vulnerable Students
  • Beth Kobly
    signed 2017-10-15 20:15:42 -0600
  • Alison Barnett
    signed 2017-10-12 20:26:17 -0600
  • Peter Field
    signed 2017-10-12 12:10:51 -0600
  • Suzanne Forrest
    signed 2017-10-11 14:25:53 -0600
  • Eileen Madigin
    signed 2017-10-07 20:05:39 -0600
    all should be treated equal no matter what
  • Sherri Heth
    signed 2017-10-05 13:39:19 -0600
  • Jeff Samsonow
    signed 2017-10-03 14:43:35 -0600
  • Thomas Bonifacio
    signed 2017-10-03 11:19:45 -0600
    Thomas Bonifacio
  • Anne Vanderzyde
    signed 2017-10-03 10:02:51 -0600
  • Derek Horneland
    signed 2017-10-02 12:40:14 -0600
  • Jessica Wensman
    signed 2017-09-28 11:29:55 -0600
  • Rebecca Collins
    signed 2017-09-18 13:07:07 -0600
  • Sara Tomlinson
    signed via 2017-09-18 12:33:50 -0600
  • Makambe K Simamba
    signed via 2017-09-17 00:46:18 -0600
    Makambe K Simamba
  • Ally Swist
    signed 2017-09-15 11:31:13 -0600
  • Brian Ha
    signed 2017-09-14 21:06:11 -0600
    As someone who has worked with young people for years, and a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools, I cannot condone practices that deny the safety and rights of our students. It is imperative that young people receive the supports they need to be healthy and resilient throughout childhood and into adulthood. I condemn anyone who wishes to bring harm to students.
  • Bill Lee
    signed 2017-09-14 15:30:21 -0600
  • Robyn Ferguson
    signed 2017-09-14 15:26:41 -0600
  • Sarah Culkin
    signed via 2017-09-14 15:01:11 -0600
    I recently moved away from Edmonton, and it breaks my heart to see this happening from afar. Protect our youth!
  • Sam Maroney
    signed 2017-09-14 12:45:49 -0600
  • Nasra Adem
    signed 2017-09-14 12:20:38 -0600
  • Holly Wilson
    signed 2017-09-14 11:26:16 -0600
  • Elizabeth Stead
    signed 2017-09-14 11:25:01 -0600
  • Les Thompson
    signed 2017-09-14 09:21:47 -0600
  • Andreia Moretz-Sohn
    signed via 2017-09-14 09:18:00 -0600
  • Yasmeen Krameddine
    signed via 2017-09-14 08:58:28 -0600
  • Rhonda Scheurer
    signed 2017-09-14 03:55:33 -0600

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