Heated debate surrounds gay-straight alliances

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice walked carefully around the gay-straight alliance debate.

By Andrew Mendler


The issue of whether or not students should be allowed to form gay-straight alliances (GSA’s) in Alberta schools has opened up a heated countrywide debate.

Gay-straight alliances are peer-support groups designed to help LGBTQ kids feel welcome at school and deter from them being bullied and outcast.

The controversy around these groups started in early December when Alberta Premier Jim Prentice sparked a ton of backlash with the introduction of Bill 10 at the provincial legislature.

The Bill was put forth as Prentice and the Alberta government attempted to find a balance between the rights of gay students and the rights of parents in the province.

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