Major police presence expected in Whitby at anti-Trans rally at public school board HQ

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Published September 20, 2023 at 7:45 am

Groups opposed to teaching children about the gay, lesbian and trans community are rallying across the country today in what is being called the ‘Million March Canada,’ with protesters in Durham meeting at the public school board offices on Taunton Road in Whitby, before marching on to Pickering City Hall, all under the guise of “protecting the children.”

The Durham board released a statement Tuesday evening saying they are “aware” of the planned protest. “The DDSB wishes to reiterate its unwavering support to upholding the human rights of Two Spirit, transgender, non-binary, gender diverse and all 2SLGBTQI students, staff, families,” the statement read.

“We acknowledge that coverage of this may impact students, staff, and families, especially those who are members of 2SLGBTQI communities. We encourage any students requiring support to reach out to a trusted adult or a member of the school administration.”

Durham Police took pains to distance themselves from any rumours of support for the march, making it clear they are “not providing an escort” for the marchers. “DRPS would like to dispel misinformation that has been shared,” police said on social media. “Our role is to ensure the safety of our community members and to keep the peace. There will be a police presence in the area to ensure we meet those objectives.”

The protesters are advocating for the elimination of sexual orientation and gender identity curriculum pronouns, “gender ideology” and mixed bathrooms in Canadian schools.

Unions and trans identity supporters are expected to also attend the rally in a counter protest.

The school board, meanwhile, said the Progress Pride Flag will be flown at all board offices and worksite for the rest of the week as a “show of support” for members of the 2SLGBTQI community.

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