A wave of massive protests centered around gender and sex education in schools has swept across Canada. On Wednesday, thousands of parents and other protesters gathered across the Greater Toronto Area under the banner “March for One Million Children,” according to a Canadian-based news organization. CBC News said in the report. The group had one demand: “Protect children from indoctrination and sexism.” The newspaper also reported that one of the demonstrators, a 47-year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of bringing weapons to the protest.
Jane Agosta, who participated in one of the protests, said: CBC News She said she came out to support her child, who she said is currently transitioning. Agosta wants to speak out against the state government’s inflammatory messages, she said.
“We spend so much time just trying to keep our kids safe and loved and accepted for who we are. And we spend so much time just trying to keep them safe and loved and accepted for who they are. And we spend so much time trying to actually indoctrinate them. “To suggest that there isn’t is just ridiculous. We just want our children to be safe, loved and cared for,” she said. she said.
Counter-protests were also organized in response, with groups gathering in places such as Queen’s Park, attracting thousands of people.
“I was a teacher and I’m openly gay,” said Kit Etcheverry, one of the group’s protesters. global news. “I grew up in a family where I didn’t feel like myself until I was in my 30s. It’s really important for all children to know that there are people who love and support them.”
Benita Pedersen, Edmonton’s 1MillionMarch4Children coordinator, accused schools of “planting seeds in young children’s minds to start thinking about transgenderism.”
She told the outlet that Wednesday’s march was not about hatred or discrimination.
What are Canadian schools saying about this issue?
Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Peel District School Board (PDSB), Durham District School Board (DDSB), and Halton District School Board (HDSB) each issued separate statements of support for the LGBTQ community before the protests. issued a statement.
“We support human rights and gender expression for everyone,” the TDSB said in a statement, according to CBC News.
He also said the school doesn’t tell students what they should be and welcomes them as they are.