During the month of June, Resurrection's LGBTQ+ staff and students celebrate pride. Safe Spaces (Resurrection's GSA) wants to fly the rainbow flag at the front of our school to display the diversity of gender identity and sexual orientation in the Resurrection community during this month. However, we are not allowed to do so; the Waterloo Catholic District School Board cites that we cannot fly the flag as a replacement to the Canadian flag or on the same pole as the Canadian flag, according to Canada's rules for flying the National Flag. At Resurrection, we have not one but three flag poles, which fly the Canadian flag, the Ontario flag, and the Resurrection flag. We could fly the rainbow flag alongside the Resurrection flag, which would not violate any national rules.
WCDSB's prevention of flying the pride flag year after year makes LGBTQ+ students feel as if their school board does not care about them. We want to show our peers that everyone at Resurrection is accepted. Resurrection's mission statement is "LEARNING to meet the challenges of the future, GROWING in our Catholic faith and, BUILDING a better community," and we believe that flying the pride flag for the month of June supports this statement.
The public board has decided to fly pride flags in all their schools during the month of June. They want to show "our schools are safe spaces for everyone that walks through our doors," and we should do the same. As a Catholic school, we should embody the idea that we are all created in God's image and should "Love your neighbour as yourself" (Mark 12:31). By flying the pride flag at Resurrection during the month of June, we can foster solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community and create a loving and accepting environment.