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Fights against pronouns in schools. LGBT organisations protest

Fights against pronouns in schools. LGBT organisations protest

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Maja Kozłowska,
29.09.2023 15:00

Educational institutions should provide students with inclusivness and a safe and welcoming environment for learning and development. Poland is not the only country that fails minorities in this aspect.

LGBT minorities in many countries still face harassment and have to fight for equal rights. This is the case, for example, in Poland, where the transition procedure involves, among other things, suing one's own parents to determine one's gender. The nomenclature of non-binary and transgender people in schools and educational institutions is also sometimes problematic.

On the other hand, we had the example of the Poznan University of Life Sciences which wanted to ensure that students are treated in accordance with their gender identity. The option to choose names and preferred pronouns was opposed by the educational superintendent of Malopolska, Barbara Nowak. Ultimately, the idea was killed by the Minister of Education and Science, Przemyslaw Chernak. The Poznan University of Life Sciences had to withdraw from its earlier declaration.

Canada not so inclusive after all. Prime Minister fights against pronouns

A similar conflict is taking place in Canada. The premier of the province of Saskatchewan, Scott Moe, stated that he intends to oppose the court's blocking of the so-called Parental Inclusion and Consent Policy and that he intends to make use of a rather obscure provision in the Canadian Constitution to overturn the expert's decision.

In the province of Saskatchewan, a law came into effect in August that does not allow teachers to refer to students by their preferred pronouns if they are under the age of 16 unless a parent has given consent. LGBT organisations are protesting against the policy chosen by Scott Moe, claiming that his actions are unconstitutional. The Prime Minister responds with a reference to the "notwithstanding clause" and says he has the support of the "majority of residents and parents" of the province.

The "notwithstanding clause" gives provincial legislatures and parliament the ability to override certain portions of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms for a five-year term, the BBC reports.

Canada getting radical

Saskatchewan is yet another region that has decided to radicalise its policies towards LGBT people. A similar decision was made a few months earlier in New Brunswick. Protests against inclusive education are taking place in many Canadian cities, although LGBT activists are organising counter-protests. There have even been arrests in several cities including Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver and Victoria.

Source: bbc.com

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