Petition update

My response to Board of AutismBC

Mirella Russell
Vancouver, Canada

Nov 10, 2018 — 

To The Board of AutismBC

My name is Mirella Russell. I am a huge advocate of inclusion which is aligned with AutismBC values. Having a child on a spectrum I fight constantly for his rights. Recently I was made aware that Laurie Guerra, a board of directors of Autism BC attended a secret anti-SOGI rally in Surrey. It is my strong belief that you cannot stand in a high position advocating for one group and discriminating against another. By supporting a director who is homophobic and transphobic you are taking a stance against LGBTQ+ community. This is a person representing your organization. I understand AutismBC is apolitical but it is hypocritical to have a person in position of power representing your organization and advocating hatred. That is not inclusion. I have started a petition to have Laurie Guerra removed from her position. If your organizations values inclusion it should support all children. In fact many children on the spectrum identify themselves as LGBTQ+. There is nothing political about being inclusive, but if your motto is inclusion than it applies to all.


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