“Transphobia and homophobia are real. To stop discrimination, hate and violence against LGBTQ people, we need to call it out. We cannot confront homophobic and transphobic bullying if the government won’t acknowledge that those things are very real.” – Terence Kernaghan, Ontario’s Official Opposition NDP Critic for LGBTQ Issues
A News Release from Ontario’s Official Opposition and New Democratic Party
Posted April 10th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
NDP critic for LGBTQ Issues responds to minister’s refusal to acknowledge homophobia and transphobia –
QUEEN’S PARK — Terence Kernaghan, Official Opposition NDP Critic for LGBTQ Issues, released the following statement regarding Education Minister Lisa Thompson’s outright refusal to acknowledge the reality of homophobia and transphobia:
“Today during question period, Minister of Education Lisa Thompson categorically refused to say the words homophobia and transphobia – refusing to acknowledge that members of the LGBTQ community and students in Ontario face hate, discrimination and violence that must be called out, and stamped out.
Ms. Thompson said ‘those words don’t exist in my vocabulary.’
Transphobia and homophobia are real. To stop discrimination, hate and violence against LGBTQ people, we need to call it out.
We cannot confront homophobic and transphobic bullying if the government won’t acknowledge that those things are very real, and are destroying lives.
Students in Ontario deserve a modern curriculum that reflects their reality, promotes acceptance, and a Minister of Education who acknowledges them.
LGBTQ Ontarians and students deserve a government that takes hate seriously, and stands alongside them to fight it.”
(A Footnote from Niagara At Large – In case some have forgotten, this is the same Ford minister who can’t handle a 21st century sex education program in Ontario’s public school, and she is also under the gun from critics, including parents and students across the province, for moving to increase class sizes, and cut funding for special needs students and other programs.)
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