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Hey @karriflatla, tweet @ me & ask me why I'm protesting with #queerkidsyql today.

Seriously, though. Please ask me. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss it with you.

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This is a good place to start the conversation. It's a thorough (but easy-to-read) comparison of existing legislation and the legislation that your Party wants to introduce.

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edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new… by @Jantafrench
This is about more than just the headline-grabbing notion of "outing gay kids," although that's certainly a major concern.

It's also about students knowing they will be supported by their schools to establish GSAs ...

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...without fear of judgment or interference or resistance.

It's about schools being safe places for LGBTQ2S+ students, and publicly declaring themselves as such.

But going back to the "outing gay kids" issue, ...

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... current legislation (the School Act) does not prevent me from communicating with parents if I have concerns about their child's well-being. I just can't tell them that their child is part of a GSA, that's all.

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But when @jkenney insists that teachers must be able to disclose GSA membership to parents because there may be instances in which a student is at risk of self-harm, or suffering from mental health issues, he's wrong.

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Whether a student is in a GSA or not, teachers still can (and should) reach out to parents if they're concerned about self-harm or mental health or any number of other issues. They just can't disclose about the GSA.

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It's a complex set of issues. I get that. But from this teacher's perspective, @karriflatla, your Party is misunderstanding some key aspects of it. And I don't say this with any accusatory or incendiary undertones. ...

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I just think the UCP has this all wrong, and I hope that, if it comes to it, you can be a part of the solution.

Again, I'd welcome any opportunity to discuss this with you and work toward a shared understanding.

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