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Anti-trans youth policy proposals endanger vulnerable students

Anti-trans youth policy proposals endanger vulnerable students
“Smith’s policies directly multiply their [trans youths] risk of harm and will take away schools as a safe place for them,” says SOS Alberta.
“Smith’s policies directly multiply their [trans youths] risk of harm and will take away schools as a safe place for them,” says SOS Alberta.
IMAGE: Support Our Students Alberta
IMAGE: Support Our Students Alberta

Anti-trans youth policy proposals endanger vulnerable students

By Support Our Students Alberta
By Support Our Students Alberta
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March 7, 2024
March 7, 2024

On Jan. 31, Premier Danielle Smith released a seven-minute video on X (formerly Twitter) about her alarming “gender identity” policies.

We absolutely oppose these proposed measures, which have now been widely condemned by LGBTQ2S+ advocates and medical professionals (such as the Alberta Medical Association Section of Pediatricians).

These sweeping policies specifically target young Albertans who identify as LGBTQ2S+ and outright ban their access to safe schools, health care, medicine and psychological support.

In school settings, these students’ rights to self-expression will also be banned. Queer and transgender students, especially those without affirming homes, are already vulnerable to alienation, isolation, suicide and homelessness.

 

"Sex ed saves lives" written on cardboard protest sign.

 

Smith’s policies directly multiply their risk of harm and will take away schools as a safe place for them.

The introduction of opt-in to sexual education to replace the current opt-out process will also lead to barriers for students to access comprehensive sexual health education. Knowing one’s body and how to take care of it is important for personal and interpersonal health and well-being.

In the coming months, we will help our allies in mobilizing against these policies being implemented. Please join us.

In the meantime, sign the Trans Action Alberta Coalition petition online at transactionalberta.ca.

Support Our Students Alberta

 

Shootin’ the Breeze welcomes submissions about local issues and activities. The personal views expressed in Mailbox articles are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect those of Shootin’ the Breeze management and staff. 

 

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On Jan. 31, Premier Danielle Smith released a seven-minute video on X (formerly Twitter) about her alarming “gender identity” policies.

We absolutely oppose these proposed measures, which have now been widely condemned by LGBTQ2S+ advocates and medical professionals (such as the Alberta Medical Association Section of Pediatricians).

These sweeping policies specifically target young Albertans who identify as LGBTQ2S+ and outright ban their access to safe schools, health care, medicine and psychological support.

In school settings, these students’ rights to self-expression will also be banned. Queer and transgender students, especially those without affirming homes, are already vulnerable to alienation, isolation, suicide and homelessness.

 

"Sex ed saves lives" written on cardboard protest sign.

 

Smith’s policies directly multiply their risk of harm and will take away schools as a safe place for them.

The introduction of opt-in to sexual education to replace the current opt-out process will also lead to barriers for students to access comprehensive sexual health education. Knowing one’s body and how to take care of it is important for personal and interpersonal health and well-being.

In the coming months, we will help our allies in mobilizing against these policies being implemented. Please join us.

In the meantime, sign the Trans Action Alberta Coalition petition online at transactionalberta.ca.

Support Our Students Alberta

 

Shootin’ the Breeze welcomes submissions about local issues and activities. The personal views expressed in Mailbox articles are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect those of Shootin’ the Breeze management and staff. 

 

 

 

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