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Alberta trustee’s suggestion to curb homosexual bullying: Act less gay

7:29 pm - 11/23/2012
It gets better later. But you could stand to be a little less gay now.

Such is the message that has an Alberta school trustee apologizing today after the "inappropriate" remark was made during a board meeting earlier this week.

The CBC reports that the Alberta School Boards Association was debating a proposal that would protect gay students from bullying and discrimination when trustee Dale Schaffrick first made the suggestion.

The proposal, based on a policy passed by the Edmonton school board last year, was eventually rejected.

"If children with a gay tendency appear a certain way, we know that we have to be vigilant to make sure they are not discriminated against," Schaffrick later told CBC.

When asked if the students should try to be less identifiably gay he said, "I think for their own benefit ... it would be helpful."

The suggestion that homosexual students would be best served to play down their personalities understandably upset gay-rights advocates and students. The concept flies in the face of an ongoing "It Gets Better" campaign designed to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered men and women survive the struggles they face in their youth.

Recently a group of B.C. Mounties joined the cause by releasing a video relating their own stories of coming out.

Schaffrick's apology was posted on the Pembina Hills school division website:

I want to apologize for my remarks at the ASBA Fall General Meeting. They were inappropriate and offensive. I apologize. It's important to clarify also that I was speaking as an individual trustee and not on behalf of the Pembina Hills Regional Division School Board.


It should be noted that Schaffrick was among the majority of trustees that opposed the anti-bullying bill, which was designed specifically to protect sexual minorities.

The group preferred an overarching policy that protected everyone, but advocates say that will not do enough to address the specific challenges faced by the gay and lesbian community.

So it is not as if Schaffrick doesn't want gay and lesbian students to be protected from bullying, he just doesn't believe they need any more protection than anyone else.

And if they would just take his suggestion and hide who they are, that plan will probably work just fine.

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So, are you sure you needed to issue that apology, Justin . . .?
phantomess05 24th-Nov-2012 02:38 am (UTC)
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the_physicist 24th-Nov-2012 02:40 am (UTC)
Be a little less.. Yourself?! Those ppl can f off
nicosian 24th-Nov-2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Oh Alberta....now you know why I left...:D
romp 24th-Nov-2012 03:29 am (UTC)
The "solution" is a common reaction. I wonder if he's embarrassed enough to educate himself now.
jeweledvixen 24th-Nov-2012 05:12 am (UTC)
No.
alryssa 24th-Nov-2012 05:12 am (UTC)
Another, more badass Canadian has something to say to you, Schaffrick.

rjdaae 24th-Nov-2012 07:50 am (UTC)
lurkch 24th-Nov-2012 09:15 am (UTC)
From the same school of thought that brought us "if women dressed less provocatively they wouldn't attract rapists."

And you can just tell from his apology that he still doesn't "get" why what he said was idiotic (and enough with the apologist person-on-the-street interviews where they say he just expressed his idea badly ... uh, no, he expressed his idea perfectly fine that's why he's getting called on it).
glass_houses 24th-Nov-2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Yep. Victim blaming.
kidantarctica 24th-Nov-2012 09:57 am (UTC)
"If children with a gay tendency appear a certain way, we know that we have to be vigilant to make sure they are not discriminated against," Schaffrick later told CBC.

Wow. A "gay tendency"? Go fuck yourself.
pleasure_past 24th-Nov-2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
How To Prevent Bullying
If someone is a racial minority... don't bully them.
If someone is disabled... don't bully them.
If someone is a girl... don't bully them.
If someone "acts gay"... don't bully them.
If someone is queer... don't bully them.

If someone has an accent... don't bully them.
If someone has large breasts... don't bully them.
If someone is FAAB and has small breasts... don't bully them.
If someone is a religious minority... don't bully them.
If someone is academically gifted... don't bully them.
If someone is not academically gifted... don't bully them.
If someone wears glasses... don't bully them.
If someone is younger than you... don't bully them.
If someone is older than the rest of the class... don't bully them.
If someone is overweight... don't bully them.
If someone is short... don't bully them.
If someone wears hand-me-down clothes... don't bully them.
If someone doesn't shave... don't bully them.
If someone doesn't wear make-up... don't bully them.
If someone wears clothes that don't conform to their assigned or actual gender... don't bully them.
If someone doesn't have a significant other... don't bully them.
If someone is not athletic... don't bully them.
If someone's family structure is different than yours... don't bully them.
If someone isn't attractive to you... don't bully them.
If someone is attractive to you... don't bully them.
Just don't bully anyone, ever.

If you're afraid that you might forget the above tips and bully someone anyway, try to minimize the opportunities you have to do so. Stay inside all alone for lunch and recess, and when school ends try to wait in the classroom with the teacher for fifteen minutes or so, so that you won't see anyone while walking home. If you take the bus, try to sit in the very front, so that the driver will notice if you start to bully someone. If you're assigned to do group work in class, try to keep your head down and keep the attention on the assignment, so that you won't think to bully anyone, and if you do start to bully someone, tell the teacher immediately. Make sure that teachers know that you have a problem with bullying people, so that they can keep an eye on you and make sure you're not doing it. I know all of these things may seem daunting right now, and you may feel like your situation is hopeless and there's no way out of this horrible life as a bully, but just remember, it gets better.

Edited at 2012-11-24 12:26 pm (UTC)
crossfire 24th-Nov-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
This is fucking awesome.
homasse No.24th-Nov-2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
wrestlingdog 24th-Nov-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
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eveofrevolution 24th-Nov-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
<3
girlwonderrobin 24th-Nov-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Every time I hear this kind of mindless dribble coming out of the mouth of someone in power, I wonder if they are secretly gay themselves and trying to divert attention off of themselves.

Otherwise, they're just assholes, and have obviously been lifelong bullies. Bastards.
lickbrains 25th-Nov-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
...what.
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