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This politician wants to out kids to their parents

This politician wants to out kids to their parents

Jason Kenney said parents should know when their child joins a gay-straight alliance

A Canadian politician wants to out kids to their parents.

Jason Kenney is the Privy Council for Canada and leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.

In 2019 he could become the Premier of Alberta, the first minister of the Canadian province.

He said parents should be notified if their children join gay-straight alliances in school.

Kenney made the comments in an editorial board meeting with Postmedia on Tuesday (28 March).

‘I do, however, think that parents have a right to know what’s going on with their kids in the schools unless the parents are abusive,’ Kenney said.

‘I don’t think it’s right to keep secrets from parents about challenges their kids are going through.’

Activists are not happy with Kenney’s statements. They are saying it would potentially out children to their parents without their consent.

Criticism also came from the media, who slammed Kenney for his comments.

‘A gay-straight alliance is not a sex club. It’s not a therapy group for LGBTQ kids. It’s not a program of homosexual brainwashing, designed to convert straight kids into queer or trans ones,’ said the Edmonton Journal’s Paula Simons.

‘A GSA is just a student club, open to any and all who want to join it, gay or straight. That’s the whole point of a gay-straight alliance: to bring gay and straight kids together.’

On Facebook, Kenney posted a transcript of the comments made in the meeting in order to defend himself.

‘Some are falsely claiming that I want to force schools to “out” children to their parents. This simply is not true,’ he wrote.

‘I have never said this, nor do I believe it. I have stated repeatedly that I do not support repealing Bill 10 regarding Gay-Straight Alliances in schools.

‘I have also said that the best interests and safety of children must be paramount in all matters.

‘When dealing with complex issues like gender and sexual identity, I believe our education system should recognize that every child, and every circumstance, is unique. In some cases informing parents would clearly be inappropriate.’

To support his statement, Kenney posted a transcript of the meeting including the controversial comments.

And the media definitely quoted him correctly as saying he wants parents to be informed if their child joins a gay-straight alliance.

Prior to his original quote, he said he would not repeal Bill 10, should he become premier.

Under the law, school boards have to allow gay-straight alliances when students request them.

Kenney then starts his ‘parents have a right to know’-comments.

The justification for his comments is the story of a 12-year-old autistic child, which he learnt of after the child’s mother approached him.

‘She told me that her 12-year-old autistic daughter had been put into counselling and referred to as a boy, given a boy’s name in school,’ Kenney said.

‘But none of this information had been shared with the parents. So for months the child was being treated as a boy in school and as a girl at home, creating even more problems, confusion and tension.

‘And eventually the parents learned about this by accident. And they were just distraught that they had not been able to understand what their child was going through.’

Kenney says he ‘would find that profoundly offensive’ if it happened to him.

There is a flaw in Kenney’s logic, which a commenter points out underneath the pictures.

‘Seems like discrimination of extra-curricular activites,’ the user said.

‘You don’t inform them they’re on student government, model united nations, etc.’

Gay Star News has approached Kenney for comment.