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Alright. Quick GSAs clinic for all of you.

This will be a thread. I'm not sure how long it will be.

#QueerKidsAB

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GSAs is the acronym of Gay Straight Alliances.

These are student led orgs in schools where they support each other. Typically over the lunch hour, where they offer mutual support.

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Not only is this good for those kids...

It's also really good public policy.

Take this UBS study, for example: news.ubc.ca/2014/01/20/gay…

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Note the findings.

In schools with GSAs, suicide ideation (thoughts of suicide) halved for LGBTQ students.

Yes, halved.

And that's not the half of it.

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For heterosexual boys, they were half as likely to attempt suicide compared to schools without a GSA.

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Do 👏 you 👏 understand? 👏

There will be a quiz later.

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GSAs first entered the public discourse in Alberta when then MLA, now MP, @KentHehr introduced #Motion503.

Which asked the province and school to support the formation of GSAs when/where students wanted them.

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This would go well.

Until it didn't.

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cbc.ca/news/canada/ed…
This was the vote break down. Liberals and the NDP were unanimous in their support. The Wildrose unanimously against, with the Prentice PCs split.

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This soon brought an uproar. And led to folks looking closer at the issue.

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Soon, #Bill202 would be tabled by now retired MLA @LaurieBlakeman. FYI, she would be an excellent person to follow (#FF). She is, to quote a friend of mine, "fierce."

However, the PCs then introduced a bit of a Frankenstein bill that sought to "solve" the issue.

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#Bill10 was... Bad.

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It was bad until it wasn't.

Public pressure won the day, leading to amendments to the bill.

(Special shoutouts to @richardeinarson, @mikesbloggity, @KentHehr, the ND caucus, and tens of thousands of Albertans who stood up for kids.)

cbc.ca/news/canada/ed…

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You would assume this would be the end of the story.

Sadly, it was not.

There were court challenges (which were defeated): globalnews.ca/news/4300217/a…

There are dozens of schools still opposed to GSAs: globalnews.ca/news/4427073/a…

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The UCP took on the worst of both worlds of its two legacy organizations.

And redoubled down on eliminating GSAs.

cbc.ca/news/canada/ed…

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And prominent members of the UCP continued to lead a very public battle - comparing pride flags to swastikas.

edmonton.ctvnews.ca/mobile/lawyer-…

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And this election two UCP candidates (so far) resigned because of their bigotry.

1- cbc.ca/news/canada/ca…

2- edmonton.ctvnews.ca/mobile/ucp-can…

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And, today, Kenney announced he would roll back Bill 10 and Bill 24.

As you can tell, I am not a fan.

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In closing, I leave you with one of the best @rickmercer rants of all time - where he calls out Kenney, the UCP, and Alberta's conservative movement for picking on school kids.

This election, your vote matters.

And you have a choice to make. #ableg #abvote

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