Controversy over Alberta’s new gender policy echoes across Canada


More voices are being added to the growing chorus of groups opposing Alberta’s sweeping legislation surrounding gender identity, parental rights, and gender education.

Pride YMM says the policies are “harmful and transphobic” and are calling for a collaborative, evidence-based approach to protect trans and gender-diverse youth. In a media release, they say they are urging the Alberta Government to create policies in consultation with the expertise of the medical community, educators, and the transgender community.

The president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Jason Schilling, is also raising concerns about the negative impacts of the education-related policies requiring parental consent to change pronouns in schools.

“Our primary concern is the safety and wellness of all students,” said Schilling.

“We want all students to know, and especially those students who identify or have family members that identify as gender or relationship diverse, that teachers support you and care for you.”

The Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) is also weighing in, saying they are, “deeply concerned that implementation of the policies will undermine the fundamental rights of transgender children and youth.”

“We strongly urge you to reconsider the implementation of these policies and to ensure that initiatives impacting TGD youth are rooted in the best evidence and informed by consultation with those who have lived experience, are most directly impacted, and have a robust understanding of the current evidence.”

Pride YMM and CPS both say they are concerned the coming rules could lead to significant negative health outcomes, including increased risk of suicide and self-harm.

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