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

Shelagh Dunn
Jessica Glover
Tuval Nafshi
Samara Oscroft
Cassia J Hardy
Kelly Wiens
Alexandra Armstrong
Tori Morrison
Stacy Walker
Carry Perrier
James Crocker
Katlyn Parsons
Amelia Van Hoffen
Ben Koch
Jon Midgley
Mia Soetaert
Tobias Bernstein
Steve Andersen
Phoenix Boudreau
Aden Murphy
Maggie McDonnell
Clare Packer
Erin Bartz
Miranda NicolsBerticevic-Watters
Liam Mackenzie
Michele Crocker
Jenna Boschman
Stuart McDougall
175 signatures

Will you sign?

  • 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
  • Kelly Wiens
    signed via 2017-09-12 08:26:42 -0600
  • Alexandra Armstrong
    signed 2017-09-12 08:25:50 -0600
  • Tori Morrison
    signed 2017-09-12 08:21:07 -0600
  • Stacy Walker
    signed 2017-09-12 08:14:45 -0600
  • Carry Perrier
    signed 2017-09-12 07:48:17 -0600
    Thank you for coming down on the side of the children.
  • James Crocker
    signed 2017-09-12 07:21:34 -0600
  • Katlyn Parsons
    signed 2017-09-12 06:37:00 -0600
  • Amelia Van Hoffen
    signed 2017-09-12 06:14:15 -0600
    a child’s right to safety is the priority!
  • Ben Koch
    signed 2017-09-12 00:40:09 -0600
  • Jon Midgley
    signed 2017-09-11 23:07:59 -0600
  • Mia Soetaert
    signed 2017-09-11 23:05:06 -0600
  • Tobias Bernstein
    signed 2017-09-11 23:01:51 -0600
  • Steve Andersen
    signed 2017-09-11 22:59:39 -0600
  • Phoenix Boudreau
    signed 2017-09-11 22:59:15 -0600
    Phoenix Boudreau
  • Aden Murphy
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-11 22:44:24 -0600
    Sign the petition: Support Vulnerable Students
  • Aden Murphy
    @adenmurphy tweeted link to this page. 2017-09-11 22:44:20 -0600
    Sign the petition: Support Vulnerable Students http://www.michaeljanz.ca/gsa?recruiter_id=10
  • Aden Murphy
    signed 2017-09-11 22:42:34 -0600
    This is a really important issue, and I’m glad that it’s being taken seriously.
  • Maggie McDonnell
    signed 2017-09-11 22:35:24 -0600
    Nobody’s business but their own
  • Clare Packer
    signed 2017-09-11 22:34:02 -0600
  • Erin Bartz
    signed 2017-09-11 22:28:34 -0600
  • Miranda NicolsBerticevic-Watters
    signed 2017-09-11 22:26:36 -0600
  • Liam Mackenzie
    signed 2017-09-11 22:24:50 -0600
  • Michele Crocker
    signed 2017-09-11 22:21:16 -0600
  • Jenna Boschman
    signed 2017-09-11 22:07:32 -0600
  • Stuart McDougall
    signed 2017-09-11 21:56:42 -0600

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