I will never support "outing" LGBTQ students


(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

Donna Hokiro
Anita Arab
Ian Crichton
Penny Mahan
Jonn Kmech
Katie Mahon
Sheelagh McCourt
Graham Mothersill
Harold Parlee
Avery Teo
Rhonda Day
Jacob Dunn
Sam Perrier
Kira Kreiser
Jordan Murray
Heather Lyon
Teresa Zackodnik
Shannon Murray
Gaïa Willis
Jocelyn Wiens
Karen Bilida
Scott Harrison
Douglas Parsons
Michelle Van Der Molen
Jessica Fisher
Shelagh Dunn
Jessica Glover
Tuval Nafshi
Samara Oscroft
Cassia J Hardy
175 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Donna Hokiro
    signed 2017-09-13 18:13:46 -0600
    Donna Hokiro
  • Anita Arab
    signed 2017-09-13 18:13:04 -0600
    Anita Arab
  • Ian Crichton
    signed 2017-09-13 17:15:02 -0600
  • Penny Mahan
    signed 2017-09-13 16:51:57 -0600
  • Jonn Kmech
    signed via 2017-09-13 16:42:34 -0600
  • Katie Mahon
    signed 2017-09-13 15:24:22 -0600
    Katie Mahon
  • Sheelagh McCourt
    signed 2017-09-13 15:21:18 -0600
  • Graham Mothersill
    signed 2017-09-13 10:40:22 -0600
    Graham Mothersill
  • Harold Parlee
    signed 2017-09-13 09:35:02 -0600
  • Avery Teo
    signed 2017-09-12 22:53:38 -0600
  • Rhonda Day
    signed 2017-09-12 22:35:55 -0600
    GSA’s are a safe place for many marginalized students. Outing students who join GSA’s effectively dismantles a crucial support system for these students. Shame on those who want to punish already vulnerable students.
  • Jacob Dunn
    signed 2017-09-12 21:40:35 -0600
  • Sam Perrier
    signed via 2017-09-12 19:34:24 -0600
  • Kira Kreiser
    signed via 2017-09-12 18:46:55 -0600
  • Jordan Murray
    signed via 2017-09-12 18:39:40 -0600
  • Heather Lyon
    signed via 2017-09-12 18:27:16 -0600
  • Teresa Zackodnik
    signed 2017-09-12 18:21:18 -0600
  • Shannon Murray
    signed 2017-09-12 16:59:01 -0600
  • Gaïa Willis
    signed 2017-09-12 16:30:31 -0600
  • Jocelyn Wiens
    signed via 2017-09-12 16:06:08 -0600
  • Karen Bilida
    signed 2017-09-12 15:44:29 -0600
  • Scott Harrison
    signed 2017-09-12 15:43:33 -0600
  • Douglas Parsons
    signed 2017-09-12 13:33:50 -0600
  • Michelle Van Der Molen
    signed 2017-09-12 13:02:17 -0600
  • Jessica Fisher
    signed 2017-09-12 12:59:58 -0600
    The purpose of a GSA is to create a safe space for LGBTQ2S students to be themselves and to foster an environment where youth are free from bullying and discrimination due to their sexual and/or gender identity. Students who join GSA’s do so understanding that their membership is confidential, unless they choose to share their membership themselves. Not all LGBTQ2S youth are ready or able to be out to their families, school, and community. By outing students in a GSA, you eliminate their safety and increase the likelihood that they will experience bullying, discrimination, and violence.
  • Shelagh Dunn
    signed 2017-09-12 12:21:18 -0600
  • Jessica Glover
    signed 2017-09-12 12:19:44 -0600
  • Tuval Nafshi
    signed 2017-09-12 12:01:01 -0600
  • Samara Oscroft
    signed 2017-09-12 09:19:25 -0600
  • Cassia J Hardy
    signed 2017-09-12 08:51:35 -0600



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