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

Emily Springer
Whitney Stalenhoef
Melissa Mercer
Stacey Shepherd
kiara east
Gordon Baker
Kristie Krezanoski
Mike Connolly
Erin Forbes
Dale Friesen
Patrice Weiss
Laena Anderson
Danielle Pertschy
Davis Foerstner
Jan-Marie Chrzanowski
Sheelagh Semper
Brittany Pysar
Theodora Moss
Nav Kaur
Michelle Rios
Kris Sinding
Baiyinah Syed
Kendra Schmidt
Aislinn Foerstner
Hannah Maxwell
Stephanie Booth
Robben Lent
Shelley Jodoin
Sandra Schwab
Nicole Dyck
175 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Emily Springer
    signed 2017-09-11 20:47:27 -0600
  • Whitney Stalenhoef
    signed 2017-09-11 20:42:11 -0600
  • Melissa Mercer
    signed 2017-09-11 20:42:11 -0600
  • Stacey Shepherd
    signed 2017-09-11 20:28:26 -0600
  • kiara east
    signed 2017-09-11 20:26:49 -0600
  • Gordon Baker
    signed 2017-09-11 20:02:39 -0600
  • Kristie Krezanoski
    signed 2017-09-11 19:55:51 -0600
  • Mike Connolly
    signed 2017-09-11 19:54:49 -0600
  • Erin Forbes
    signed 2017-09-11 19:40:09 -0600
  • Dale Friesen
    signed 2017-09-11 19:29:20 -0600
  • Patrice Weiss
    signed 2017-09-11 19:26:43 -0600
  • Laena Anderson
    signed 2017-09-11 19:26:12 -0600
  • Danielle Pertschy
    signed 2017-09-11 19:25:41 -0600
  • Davis Foerstner
    signed 2017-09-11 19:18:39 -0600
  • Jan-Marie Chrzanowski
    signed 2017-09-11 18:54:41 -0600
  • Sheelagh Semper
    signed 2017-09-11 18:44:20 -0600
  • Brittany Pysar
    signed 2017-09-11 17:39:27 -0600
  • Theodora Moss
    signed 2017-09-11 17:26:19 -0600
  • Nav Kaur
    signed 2017-09-11 16:58:41 -0600
  • Michelle Rios
    signed 2017-09-11 16:58:08 -0600
  • Kris Sinding
    signed 2017-09-11 16:35:11 -0600
    I support the motion to protect lgbt+ students by keeping QSA/GSA involvement confidential.
  • Baiyinah Syed
    signed 2017-09-11 16:03:37 -0600
  • Kendra Schmidt
    signed 2017-09-11 15:40:19 -0600
  • Aislinn Foerstner
    signed 2017-09-11 15:38:30 -0600
  • Hannah Maxwell
    signed 2017-09-11 14:30:40 -0600
  • Stephanie Booth
    signed 2017-09-11 14:05:19 -0600
  • Robben Lent
    signed 2017-09-11 13:27:55 -0600
  • Shelley Jodoin
    signed 2017-09-11 09:11:13 -0600
  • Sandra Schwab
    signed 2017-09-09 08:39:33 -0600
  • Nicole Dyck
    signed 2017-09-09 08:25:31 -0600



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