Toronto Catholic schools to fly Pride flag during June


The Pride flag will fly over Toronto Catholic schools for the month of June.
The Toronto Catholic District School Board voted for flying the flag at a marathon virtual meeting Thursday evening. A majority of trustees on the board voted in favour.

The idea to fly the flag was first proposed at a virtual committee meeting on Feb. 2. On March 4, a parent presented in opposition to recognizing Pride in schools, which ignited a heated debate.

The decision also comes after TCDSB was heavily criticized for removing LGBT Youthline, a peer support line, from its online mental health resources list in January. The line was subsequently re-added.

Recommendations from a 2SLGBTQ+ advisory committee report were discussed at Thursday’s meeting. The report asked the board to recognize Pride month as all “TCDSB schools must continuously be aware of and seek to eliminate any forms of bullying, discrimination and harassment on the part of all persons” and that by doing so the board will work toward being inclusive.

“This is just a very happy occasion and it’s a start to a broader conversation,” trustee Markus de Domenico told the Star after the meeting ended early Friday morning, close to 2 a.m.

In a statement to the Star, TCDSB commented “We recognize that this is an important step required to demonstrate the TCDSB’s ongoing commitment to fostering inclusive environments that are safe and welcoming places for 2SLGBTQ+ students and staff.”

The Toronto Catholic board joins Thunder Bay Catholic School Board, which has been flying the Pride flag during the month of June since 2019. Waterloo and Wellington Catholic school boards will also fly the flag starting this Pride month.

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