Friday, January 27, 2012
Newfoundland and Labrador Takes On the Bullies
I must admit that I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Maybe it's because when I was a boy I lived by the sea. On a coastline dotted with small fishing villages that were once so busy and then so still. Maybe it's because they were poor and other people made fun of them. Or maybe it's just because they are some of the warmest, friendliest, funniest people I have ever met.
But whatever...now I like them even more.
Newfoundland and Labrador's education department is set to announce plans to help schools across the province create safe, welcoming environments for gay students.
For standing up for bullied children, and sending out such a powerful message.
"While we are not mandating that schools establish gay-straight alliances, we are certainly encouraging it. This resource will assist schools to do so, if they wish. That said, I want to be clear that the protection and support of students of different sexual orientations is not negotiable..."
At a time when some school boards in Ontario are still sending out a different message.
The message is we still don’t truly acknowledge that you exist or that you need support,” she said. “This kind of move just reinforces isolation and that is the key concern“ of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) youth.”
And can't seem to take NO BIGOTRY for an answer.
Hooray for the government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Tell those religious fanatics in Ontario to take a hike eh?
Long live the Gay-Straight Alliance...