National LGBTQ2 charity rebukes Ontario PCs new resolution
November 18, 2018
Ottawa, ON — Yesterday, the Ontario PC Party passed a resolution to debate whether or not the party should recognize gender identity. It was originally believed that the vote would be adopted as party policy, but the PC Party has since clarified its position. The resolutions passed from the floor were passed only as debate items for next year’s convention. They were not passed as policy coming out of this convention.
The resolution introduced by Tanya Granic Allen, a former Ontario PC candidate, says gender identity theory is “A highly controversial, unscientific ‘liberal ideology’; and, as such, that an Ontario PC Government will remove the teaching and promotion of ‘gender identity theory’ from Ontario schools and its curriculum.”
The passing of this resolution coincides with Trans Awareness Week. The week memorializes victims of transphobic violence as well as educates transgender and gender non-conforming people and the issues associated with their transition or identity. According to recent Canadian polls by the Trans Pulse Project, of those who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming 77% have seriously considered suicide and 43% have attempted suicide. Trans students have reported that 87% of them have felt unsafe in places at school. LGBTQ2 Organizations such as Pflag Canada are dedicated to ensuring that students receive the proper gender diversity education and support services in their schools and communities.
“The timing of this resolution is unfortunate for our transgender and LGBTQ2 families,” says Bev Belanger, President of Pflag Canada. “Pflag Canada is working to secure a well rounded curriculum that reduces discrimination based on gender identity and aims at improving the well-being for all youths. By dismissing the validity of gender identity, you are increasing the likelihood of anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, as well as further mental health issues in schools.Trans and gender-diverse people in the province of Ontario deserve support from governing parties that are responsible for enacting public policies that shape our shared social environments.”
Pflag Canada is committed to ensuring that the Ontario Government provides students with the resources required and have launched the Have Your Say campaign, in response to the proposed changes to the Health & Physical Education (Sex Ed) curriculum. As part of the consultation process outlined by the Ontario Government, Pflag Canada is asking LGBTQ2 friends, families and allies to provide feedback on the curriculum by filling out a questionnaire at: pflagcanada.ca/HaveYourSay by Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:59PM EST.
The results will be submitted in an official Ontario-wide Pflag Chapter submission to the Province. Until then, Pflag Canada is urging Ontarians to spread the word on the Have Your Say campaign in support of the LGBT2 community.
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About Pflag Canada:
Pflag Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ2 children. We support these families through today, and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ2) with families, friends, and allies, Pflag is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.