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PG School District Recognized for Being LGBTQ Friendly

Monday, July 11, 2016 @ 3:18 PM

Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Pride Society has expressed its gratitude to the Prince George School District by awarding it the 2016 Phoenix Award.school board

The award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has really shown change in the last year.

Prince George Pride president Stacy Hewlett says the District “really fits that bill.” She says some of the District’s recent accomplishments in making it more LGBTQ friendly include:

  • Having a LGBTQ advisory group
  • Hiring an inclusivity resource teacher
  • Having an LGBTQ policy which is now being looked at and revised to include more about gender
  • All schools are working on having an all-gender bathroom
  • The District purchased $10,000 worth of LGBTQ based resources for schools
  • It developed and started the live binder – all online LGBTQ based resources

“I think through some education the school district has started to realize that everyone needs that support and everyone needs that acknowledgement,” she says.

“And having something as simple as a gender neutral bathroom or all inclusive stickers on the door saying this is a homophobic-free safe zone – that’s a big deal for a lot of kids and if they can come to school feeling safe, that’s huge.”

Trustee and vice-chairperson of the Board of Education Tim Bennett says the award would not have been possible without the hard work of district staff.

“Over the past couple of years they’ve put in a lot of time and energy into ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for all the students,” he says. “It’s great to be recognized by the PG Pride Society.”


These social political organizations never had it so good. They have the city flying their flag and now are giving other institutions badges of merrit for adopting their agenda? Anyone that disagrees gets run into the ground for not thinking exactly how they want us to think.

    Who cares. Schools get awarded for lots of stuff whether it be this or any other initiative. Why is this one a problem? Is the underlyng concern that you are anti LBGTQ?

      And he/she screams HOMOPHOBE !!! to kill the conversation …. got any new tactics …

      What other awards do schools get for promoting others groups sexual preferences ..

      Diazamo.. Any sport that has one sex only participants..as in girls basketball..boys volleyball etc.

      Sexual “preferences” went right over your head didnt it … Google is your friend

I think the confused bathroom idea is a bridge to far. I do not want my daughter using a bathroom that has access to men that claim the are girls. This is putting the fox in the hen house and little naive girls have no idea what can be waiting for them.

I don’t want any politician spending tax dollars subsidizing this absurdity. How much does a gender neutral bathroom cost for each school? How many students need to be gender neutral to justify such an expense, and who determines if they are in fact a unich? Where does this funding come from? Does it come from the funding for disabled children?

Far to many unanswered questions and far to little transparency on who pushes this agenda in the school district and what their rational is when pushing this agenda.

    I have never heard of anybody being abused in a washroom by a transgendered person….a different story if they find themselves alone with someone wearing a white collar. Meanwhile their superiors turn a blind eye right up to the holy see.

    So if you are concerned about child safety keep eyes open and head unbowed when in buildings that have a tall pointy part and a cross on the door.

    “I’m the father of a 21 year old daughter. There are lots of things I worry about. I worry about her being sexually assaulted, because that happens a lot. I worry about her being the victim of a drunk driver, because that happens a lot. I worry about her being the victim of gun violence, because lots of people die from gun-related injuries. Here’s what I do not worry about: I don’t worry about her being attacked in a restroom by a trans woman because (a) it has never happened; and (b) trans women are the most victimized group of people I’ve ever met, and the least likely to commit a crime of indecency in a restroom, because they are afraid of getting beat up when all they want to do is pee. And here is something else I don’t worry about: I don’t worry about my daughter being cruel and inhumane to trans men, women or kids, because my wife and I have raised her to have values and because she is a kind person. There are things to worry about. and then there are things people want you to worry about to conceal their agenda of discrimination and hate. Wake up.” ~ Steve Rudner

    Words of wisdom Steve, and I agree with you 100%!!!

      What about being attacked by a pedophile pretending to be a trans woman … or is there an honor system here I’m missing ..

      Of course you agree 100% Jgalt, woulld expect nothing less from a damaged progressive. So years of social norms are thrown out and anybody that complains is a homophob bigot. Whatever. Can’t wait to take a power dump in the women’s can at costco.

Not a tactic… just an observation (from a straight married family person who supports equality) … 9 times out of 10 comments like the one above usually come from a anti stance on LBGTQ issues.

    No it is a tactic to make a post such as yours right of the top to quell any disenting posts for fear of being labeled homophobic or racist …

And I fully expect my comments will once again be removed for speaking my conscience. We can’t have a debate anymore on 250news if it’s of the so called ‘politically correct’ variety, because those that push their agenda can not debate an issue like thinking adults that can respect the intelligence and opinions of others that have different story values from their own.

The lgbtq society is totalitarian in their dialogue when it comes to their agenda and no dissent is allowed. No doesn’t mean no with this crowd… It means shut up and get to the back of the bus.


    I’m not stopping a debate. If fact I encourage it however this particular issue alway brings out the worst in people. I agree tax payers bare the brunt of wasted spending all the time. If you look back over the decades since LBGTQ folks started to come out life has been hell for a lot of them with beatings, killings. Some based on personal beliefs and religious beliefs. Discrimination, Suicides by young people for not being able to be who they are. If people cant feel safe especially in schools then it seems that the amount of money spent is probably worth it.

    You haven’t offered any intelligence on the subject matter, just ignorance, anger, fear and confusion. The community is already familiar with those sentiments. It doesn’t add to the discussion at all and it’s clear that you’ve not taken the time to look at the situation from their perspective.

    Your opinions should be ridiculed for their own intolerance. I do agree that you shouldn’t be silenced though. That’s wrong and I for one want to be able to clearly identify people like you so that I know what I’m dealing with and quite frankly so that I can avoid you and your type of thinking. By all means though, keep talking.

      And you have offered nothing of intellegence yourself .. so what’s your point.

Different set of values… Sure wish we had the option to fix a post after posting….

    Different set of values = anti LGBTQ.

Eagleone.. Please tell me you are religious and follow exodus…please please

    Is that the one where Charlton Hestonberg parts the Red Sea ?

    I think its the part where the bible thumpers, scream bloody murder for religious freedom so they can persecute and trample on the rights of the LGBTQ community, and take away a woman’s right to choose abortion as an option.

    Perhaps that is the totalitarian state Eagleone was referring to?

Unfortunately, when it comes to “hot button” topics nowadays it is becoming apparent that if you are not a clear supporter you are wrong.
This is an opinion based social media site. We still live in a country where free speach is a legislated right. There are lines you cannot cross with your right to free speach, and apparently on subjects such as these, some people like to think they are the dictators of where the lines should be.
So, if someone’s opinion is that they do not believe that gender neutral washrooms are a safe idea, that is their opinion…. hopping on your soapbox and shaking the judgemwntal “homophobic finger” at the poster is where you start crossing lines.

So here’s one for you to get upset about. In my opinion, this “gender neutral” issue is blown out of proportion. Make every bathroom a single occupancy bathroom…just like the one in your house… problem fricken solved.. nobody has to be in the can when you are, nothing to worry about. Now the bathroom door says only this “vacant/occupied”….debate over!

I have been raised a redneck, by a redneck family… in a redneck town, during an age where being anything but straight was still “taboo” but “out of sight, out of mind” was OK.. I am neither a gay supporter, nor am I a gay basher. I could care less what you are, so long as you are happy. One of my children (and a few of my friends) are of the LGBTQ community, I support the right to do whatever makes you happy. I would prefer that the pda’s are kept to a respectable level… straight/gay/trans or otherwise…thats it… to me it is a non-issue chill the Hell out..

    “Unfortunately, when it comes to “hot button” topics nowadays it is becoming apparent that if you are not a clear supporter you are wrong.”

    That is precisely it! The metaphor *Homophobia* infers that the person who does not give full support or stays neutral in behaviour or attitude is suffering from an anxiety disorder based on fear and is consequently under constant stress! Taking this one step further it infers that this person is afflicted with a social disease which must not be left untreated. Only outright support and agreement is tolerated by those who keep insisting that the term homophobia must be used. That is very unfortunate indeed. How about giving it a rest for a while?

I agree Prince George. Perhaps we have come to the end of LGBTQ Month, Week, Day. The sidewalks are painted, the parade is finished, the celebration in the park and at City Hall is over and the flags are waving.

Time to move on.

    Time to move on to August 26th which is Women’s Equality Day… I can hardly wait! ;-)

    As for Pride Month, as long as there are bigoted opinions and comments like Eagleone’s and diazamo’s, there will always be a need for Pride awareness, IMO.

      What a pompass windbag you are.

      Pretty lazy use of the word bigot … but typical.

Everything and everybody gets put under a label. There is our problem. Whether it is gender, sex, race or politics we as a society feel the need to put a label on everyone…. black, white, red, yellow and brown are just colours in a Crayola box. Straight is what a meter stick is. Gay is happy, a fag is a smoke, a queen is royalty, a dyke keeps the water out.

If our society dropped the label issues, we could focus on the real problems on our planet… like hunger, pollution and population.

Back to the headline top8c… “Good Work SD 57″… Poor Elaine must be ready to shut this down!

    dyke keeps the water out? You haven’t noticed that this particular “labeling” is done by that particular community itself not the non-lgbtqblts?

When the meek inherit the earth…who will drive the big trucks.

This is a continuation of an advertising campaign being used to sell something. Started by Hunter Madsen and Marshall Kirk gay activists in the 80’s. Marshall Kirk wrote his agenda ” After the Ball” and with Hunter Madsen penned “The Overhauling of Straight America”. Read up on this and you’ll see how easily society was manipulated and in their own words. My issue has always been with the advertising campaign .. not the product …

Wow … huge influx in up votes/down votes in the last hour lol .. nice group effort ..

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