The Rainbow Sash Movement is calling on both the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto Association of Parents in Catholic Education (TAPCE) to reject bullying against Gay and Lesbian Students. To do otherwise is a violation of the core values of Catholic Social Justice Teaching.
Sadly we have seen that suicide has been the solution of some students in the face of this pandemic of bigotry. Saying to gay students that you understand the magnitude of the problem in your schools is disingenuous at the very least. How many years have you allowed this violence to go on without as much as challenging the status quo?
Many feel you have blinders on and that Catholic identity is being used not to promote the Teaching of the Church, rather as vehicle to continue to turn a blind eye to the situation and to promote inequality in Toronto’s Catholic School System.
We call on you to remove the blinders of homophobia, and try to stop this ongoing violence directed at gay and lesbian students even if stopping that violence means the Church’s image must suffer.
Rainbow Sash Movement