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

Kendra Schmidt
Aislinn Foerstner
Hannah Maxwell
Stephanie Booth
Robben Lent
Shelley Jodoin
Sandra Schwab
Nicole Dyck
Heather MacKenzie
Laura Marvan
Janelle Morin
Mike Hennigan
Nicholas Coulson
Paula Cornell
Lisa Parsons
julie Hrdlicka
Kirsten Goa
Josepha Sherwin
Jason Murray
Leslie Walter
Tom Young
Kyle Marshall
Thomas Holmes
Garry Bodnar
Kim Brennan
Nicole Henry
Marni Panas
Patricia Grell
Dylan Chevalier
175 signatures

Will you sign?

  • 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
  • Heather MacKenzie
    signed 2017-09-08 14:41:13 -0600
  • Laura Marvan
    signed 2017-09-08 14:00:18 -0600
  • Janelle Morin
    signed via 2017-09-08 12:02:34 -0600
  • Mike Hennigan
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-08 12:01:14 -0600
    Sign the petition: Support Vulnerable Students
  • Mike Hennigan
    signed 2017-09-08 12:00:33 -0600
  • Nicholas Coulson
    signed 2017-09-08 10:29:27 -0600
  • Paula Cornell
    signed 2017-09-08 07:03:28 -0600
  • Lisa Parsons
    signed 2017-09-08 02:22:28 -0600
  • julie Hrdlicka
    signed via 2017-09-08 00:37:29 -0600
  • Kirsten Goa
    signed 2017-09-08 00:18:07 -0600
  • Josepha Sherwin
    signed via 2017-09-08 00:15:47 -0600
    Safe spaces for vulnerable students are a must. Outing students is harmful, unwise and potentially catastrophic.
  • Jason Murray
    signed via 2017-09-08 00:12:23 -0600
  • Leslie Walter
    signed 2017-09-07 22:51:10 -0600
  • Tom Young
    signed 2017-09-07 21:37:09 -0600
    Go Janz!
  • Kyle Marshall
    signed 2017-09-07 20:31:10 -0600
  • Thomas Holmes
    signed via 2017-09-07 20:05:39 -0600
  • Garry Bodnar
    signed 2017-09-07 19:52:14 -0600
  • Kim Brennan
    signed 2017-09-07 16:37:23 -0600
  • Nicole Henry
    signed 2017-09-07 16:11:38 -0600
  • Marni Panas
    signed 2017-09-07 15:20:42 -0600
    Marni Panas
  • Patricia Grell
    signed 2017-09-07 14:28:07 -0600
  • Dylan Chevalier
    signed 2017-09-07 14:12:31 -0600

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