• Petitioned The legislative assembly of Ontario

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The legislative assembly of Ontario

Support Bill 13

    1. Petition by

      Catholics for Bill 13

A high school student told us that her Catholic parish hosted a collection of signatures against Bill 13 ("The Accepting Schools Act"), which was presented to the provincial Legislative Assembly by the Government of Ontario.

Among other measures related to anti-bullying, Bill 13: i) is meant to "promote a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting of all pupils (...)"; ii) calls every board to "support pupils who want to establish and lead (...) activities or organizations that promote the awareness and understanding of, and respect for, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, including organizations with the name gay-straight alliance or another name." (The whole document can be found at: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2549&detailPage=bills_detail_the_bill&Intranet=

The student, who identifies herself as a Catholic LGBT person, was very distressed - she did not understand why parishioners were against Bill 13.

We started this petition in support of Bill 13 to show the student and other LGBT youth that we (who are also Catholics) recognize their right to be respected and accepted as they are. We also believe that avoiding the word "gay" in schools provides the youth with a harmful message: message of shame and non-acceptance.

To:
The legislative assembly of Ontario
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The legislative assembly of Ontario.

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The Accepting Schools Act (Bill 13) will make schools in Ontario safer for, and accepting of, all pupils. It will make a real difference in the lives of students, especially the ones that identify themselves as LGBTQ.

We support the Accepting Schools Act (Bill 13).

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Bill 13 passes

      Catholics for Bill 13
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters,

      Thank you. As of June 5, Bill 13 is law and we all helped make it to happen!

      With much gratitude,
      Catholics for Bill 13

    2. Reached 100 signatures

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    • John Belvedere TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Catholics living the way of the old world should be ashamed - it's time for the Catholic church to GROW UP and be transparent.

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    • Michelle Landry KANATA, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it is the right thing to do.

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    • F K TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Bullying of LGBT youth causes deaths by suicide and assault this is not OK our schools need to be safe.

      RELIGION should not be in publicly funded schools.

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    • Jenny B OTTAWA, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because we as the student body deserve to feel safe within any environment, whether it be educational or the work place. There is nothing that differs an LGBTQ student from any other person that makes them less worthy of being in a safe place.

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    • Edeltraud Seliger OTTAWA, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it's the right thing to do. As an Ottawan living in Manila--where divorce, abortion, even access to birth control in this country of 100 million people is against the law, and where LGBT teens have no option but to stay in the closet--I'm proud at how far we've come in Canada. But how do we continue to evolve and change? By supporting petitions like this.

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