LifeSite News 1 Oct 2012
School posters produced as part of the Toronto District School Board’s “Safe and Positive Spaces” campaignhave raised the ire of critics who point out that, besides the expected promotion of homosexuality as normal, one of the posters appears to promote polygamy.
The poster titled “Love has no gender” depicts washroom-sign-style stick men and stick women inside colorful hearts.
Doretta Wilson, executive director of the Society for Quality Education, an Ontario-based education policy think-tank, told the National Post that the school board has “crossed the line” in its attempt to be politically correct.
“I think the gut reaction of most parents is going to be, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, what are these being used for?’ ” Wilson said. “This is where parents who may be as tolerant as they come might say, ‘I think maybe we’ve now crossed a line.’ ”
“There will be some schools in the city where the populations, the demographics, are going to be very upset with this… We’re trying to be so politically correct,” Ms. Wilson added. “We’ve gone so far to one end of the spectrum that now you do start insulting and offending people inadvertently.”
…..However, spokesman for the TDSB, Ryan Bird, dismissed the criticism, insisting that the board does not support polygamy and the poster was aimed at educating students about gender-based discrimination and was “meant to show that a person can be attracted to more than one gender.”
Bird added that “The goal of the campaign was to identify safe, welcoming and inclusive school spaces for all students,” and that the posters “went through the regular consultation and equity vetting process.”
Another poster in the campaign depicts a school of colorful fish with the slogan “We’re here, we’re queer, we’re in your school.” Under the heading of “There are no rules for being a boy or a girl” another poster features crossed-dressed children, with the largest image of a young boy dressed in a bright orange wig, fuchsia dress and pink boots.