GSA clubs promote tolerance

By: Wheel Staff

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 06:00 am

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You can learn a lot from students.

Foothills Composite High School and Oilfields High School students have proven the walls won’t fall down if gay and straight students get together to discuss sexuality and other issues at school.

Calgary-Buffalo MLA Kent Hehr’s non-binding motion to ensure school boards and administrators cannot stop student-driven gay-straight alliance clubs was defeated 31-19 on April 7. While the 31 votes against the motion is not a clear-cut ‘No’, it did nothing to help students establish more clubs in Alberta in the future.

Fortunately, students and staff are being progressive in their thinking at Foothills and Oilfields.

The school’s clubs, while not a GSA by name, are places where students — any student — can talk about any issue in a safe environment.

Fortunately, attitudes are changing in the world concerning gay issues.

The outrage this week of a school receiving Alberta funds despite having anti-gay attitudes may not have happened a decade ago. None other than Calgary Flames GM Brian Burke has urged acceptance of those individuals choosing a gay lifestyle.

There is no better place to promote understanding and acceptance than at school. And, at all schools — regardless of their religious affiliation.

There isn’t a religious text in the world that doesn’t promote peace, love and understanding.

The formation of gay-straight-alliance clubs would only help educate and provide a safe environment for students. That is exactly what places of learning are supposed to provide to their students.


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