New GSA website

Yesterday was the official launch of the Gay Straight Alliance website mygsa.ca.  The site is hosted by Egale Canada, a national organization that advances equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people and their families.  The website helps support the many GSAs that operate in high schools across Canada and provides a forum for students to share.  I think it was wonderful that Brian Burke, the General Manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs, was on hand at the event which launched the new website and celebrated the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.  Brian Burke’s son, Brendan, came out and was recently killed in a car accident and his father’s support of Egale gives the organization much-needed media attention.

I was disappointed, however, with the media’s angle on the story.  They were so focused on the concept of a hockey celebrity supporting such a cause, and the grief experienced by Brian Burke at the loss of his son, and apparent absence of gay players in the NHL, that the real point of the event was lost.  There was very little copy dedicated to the website or to the importance of GSAs.  With recent reports such as the firing of a gay teacher in British Columbia and the rejection of a Ontario’s new sexual education curriculum that contained earlier references to orientation, you would think that reporters would be able to give this story more relevant context.

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