Random Quotations – May 4th, 2016

The LGBTQ agenda – four items in total…

“… It is really sad to see children as young as six being treated like predators for just wanting to use the bathrooms where they feel comfortable. The idea that even a high school student would sexually assault another student who is in the washroom because they apparently do not belong in the washroom is ridiculous. Lots of gay students use the washrooms and do not harass other students. Why would being trans be any different?” (emphasis added -JG) – Janet French, “Alberta LGBTQ students say policy pushback hurtful, misguided” – Toronto Sun, April 6th, 2016.

“Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day… We believe that everyone – every team member, every guest, and every community – deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination… In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.” – Copy-and-paste from the Target website “Continuing to Stand for Inclusivity” page on April 26th, 2016 -JG.

“Today the Ontario Federation of Labour calls upon workers across the province to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in your workplace, or support organizations working against homophobic and transphobic bullying in communities, workplaces and schools. Bullying, and its traumatic consequences, remains a daily concern in the lives of too many people, however, LGBTQ youth (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) are often singled out for the most severe forms of bullying… Every year, LGBTQ students, workers and their allies celebrate the second Wednesday of April as the International Day of Pink. It is an annual day of awareness for communities around the world to celebrate diversity and challenge bullying in all its forms, including homophobic and transphobic bullying.” – Ontario Federation of Labour statement “End the silence on homophobic and transphobic bullying” – April 12th, 2016.

“While proponents say human rights of transgender students are contingent on them being free to use the bathroom, or play on a sports team that matches their lived gender rather than their sex at birth, critics say adopting the guidelines could put other students at risk. Catholic education leaders also say the recommendations would take away parents’ rights to know important information about their children’s sexual orientation or gender identity.” – Janet French, “Alberta LGBTQ students say policy pushback hurtful, misguided” – Toronto Sun, April 6th, 2016.