Channels
× Select City
×
×
×
Photos, Politics, News

Hundreds gathered in Calgary in support of Gay-Straight Alliances (PHOTOS)

7739b8b07c01245af9d54cc6ef0d83d3?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Chandler Walter Mar 29, 2019 9:49 am

Calgary’s streets were looking a little more colourful than usual on Thursday evening as hundreds waved pride flags during a march in support of Gay-Straight Alliances.

The march was motivated by an announcement made by United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney on Monday stating that, if elected, he would replace Alberta’s School Act with 2014’s Education Act, rolling back protections that make it illegal for teachers to notify parents if their children are participating in a GSA.

See also

Kenney defended the proposed removal of the protection at a media event on Tuesday, stating that, while he supports the creating of GSAs in schools and opposes mandatory notifications to parents, there may be some “unique cases” where teachers and principals could believe it is in the student’s best interest to out them to their parents — though that comes under the assumption that the parents would respond in a loving and supportive way to the news that their child is part of a GSA.

“In some unique cases, especially dealing with younger kids, perhaps younger kids being bullied who have emotional and mental health challenges, engaging the loving support of a parent is entirely reasonable,” Kenney said, at the event.

“We say let highly-trained teachers and principals make a decision on a case by case basis of what’s in the best interest of the child.”

Premier Rachel Notley responded to Kenney’s statement, noting that the safety of knowing that teachers and principals are legally bound to not out them to their parents is what makes GSAs work for vulnerable students in the first place.

“He is proposing once again to out LGBTQ kids,” said Notley.

“I would urge Mr. Kenney to talk to the experts, to the families, and to the kids themselves who will tell him that GSAs, and the ability to join them with your privacy respected, save lives.”

The Calgary event drew hundreds of participants and came just one day after Edmonton saw a similar event, with the steps of the Alberta Legislature building seeing a striking shade of rainbow on Wednesday.

The Calgary march took participants on a six km journey from the Marda Loop Safeway to outside UCP candidate Doug Schweitzer’s office in downtown Calgary.

Here’s a look at the event in case you happened to miss it:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Nathan (@nthnlwly) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Joe Ceci (@joececindp) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Heather Alexandra (@heatherpostsphotos) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Joshua Codd (@coddforcurrie) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

#abvote #ableg #abpoli #queerkidsab

A post shared by Denin Lawley (@deninlawley) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by IATSE Local 212 (@iatselocal212) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

It was a great turnout tonight at the March for Gay-Straight Alliances in #yyc #queerkidsab #loveislove🌈 #abvotes

A post shared by Kim Bruce (@peislandergirl) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by BCHSDrama (@bertchurchdrama) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Kaitlyn (@thek8lyn) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Chixdiggit! (@chixdiggitofficial) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Anne McGrath (@ndpanne) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Janet Eremenko (@janeteremenko) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Tamara S. (@instatamming) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Tamara S. (@instatamming) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Druh Farrell (@druh.farrell) on

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Christina Ryan (@yychristinaryan) on

See also
© 2019 Buzz Connected Media Inc.