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Canada: Alberta gov’t makes gay-straight alliances mandatory after year of fighting them

Canada: Alberta gov’t makes gay-straight alliances mandatory after year of fighting them

After a year of fighting gay-straight alliances, Alberta’s Progressive Conservative government introduced legislation to make the support groups mandatory in all publicly-funded schools in the Canadian province.

Education Minister Gordon Dirks announced Tuesday (10 March) an amendment to Bill 10, which was then passed unanimously by the legislative assembly.

After voting down previous GSA legislation, the Tories introduced the controversial bill that would have given school boards the right to reject applications to form such groups.

Dirks said he changed his mind on the issue after speaking to LGBTI students.

‘I remember one conversation with a student talking about how they had attempted suicide so when that happens and you have those kinds of intimate, frank conversations with students, it goes from your head to your heart,’ he said.

The law will come into effect on 1 June.