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  • Middle Arm Parents Pull Students from LGBT Rights Presentation

    A member of the organization which was giving a presentation at a school on the Baie Verte Peninsula on LGBTQ issues says things are improving but she was disappointed to see only a handful of students turn out.

    Some parents at MSB Regional Academy kept their children home instead of listening to the presentation on equal rights. Only 13 students were in the classroom by the time the national organization “Get Real” was scheduled.

    The action has created a firestorm on social media with some people saying such a presentation has no place in the classroom but others saying it’s part of trying to ensure schools are a safe place for everyone.

    Marley Bowen of “Get Real” is from Newfoundland but now lives in Toronto. She told VOCM Open Line with Paddy Daly that they go into schools regularly.

    She grew up on the Northern Peninsula but now lives in downtown Toronto where acceptance of the LGBTQ community comes more easily.

    Sue Rose, a member of the board of Egale, a lobby group for gays and lesbians, says in some places people are afraid to go out into the community.

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