Cal­gary’s bishop blasts ‘to­tal­i­tar­ian’ LGBTQ plan in Al­berta schools

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

ED­MON­TON — Cal­gary’s Catholic bishop is call­ing for the out­right re­jec­tion of Al­berta’s plan to draw up rules to as­sist LGBTQ stu­dents in schools. In a pub­lic let­ter, Bishop Fred Henry says the plan is “to­tal­i­tar­ian” and calls it a “force­ful im­po­si­tion of a par­tic­u­lar nar­row-minded an­tiCatholic ide­ol­ogy.” He also crit­i­cizes peer sup­port net­works in schools — known as gaystraight al­liances — as di­rectly con­trary to the teach­ings of the Catholic Church. Henry’s re­marks come as the prov­ince moves for­ward with cre­at­ing in­di­vid­u­ally tailored poli­cies in 61 school dis­tricts to en­sure that LGBTQ stu­dents are re­spected and can thrive. This week, Education Min­is­ter David Eggen de­liv­ered to the boards guide­lines for the poli­cies, in­clud­ing al­low­ing trans­gen­der stu­dents to use the wash­room of their choice and dress as they wish, and par­tic­i­pate on the boys’or girls’ sports team they be­lieve re­flects their true gen­der iden­tity.

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