A Catholic school board's fudging on gender identity stirs pot - 2019-11-08
The latest churning was set in motion when the Ministry of Education directed school boards to ensure their codes of conduct reflect provincial guidelines condemning discrimination on the basis of gender identity, gender expression and marital or family status. This is basic human rights protection. Boards had until last Monday to comply.
Instead, at the Toronto Catholic District school board, a subcommittee tasked with promoting Catholic values passed a motion to omit protection for these groups. They proposed alternative wording, including: "All people are created in the image and likeness of God and are deserving of respect and dignity."
The fuzzy protection echoes trustees' past efforts to refocus student-led gay-straight alliances as generic anti-bullying clubs, removing any reference to sexual orientation or gender expression.