This is the Day of Pink, the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia in schools and communities. I would have ignored it if it wasn’t for the news this morning, and my daughter’s reaction to it.
She was exasperated, angered that most Wild Rose and Conservative party members at the Alberta Legislature had shot down a motion (put forward by Calgary Liberal MLA Kent Hehr) that would have made gay-straight alliances mandatory in schools where students have requested one. These alliances consist of students working together to combat homophobia and bullying, and they have been considered life-savers by many. It’s hard to understand the reluctance to support it.
Could this possibly be in any way related to the fact that Alberta still funds faith-based education?