Quebec school board cancels anti-homophobia workshops after parent complains


CBC News Montréal reports:

A school board in Sherbrooke, Que., has halted a series of anti-homophobia workshops after parents complained about the materials being presented to elementary school students.

The non-profit group Prima Danse gave two workshops, out of the four planned, before the Sherbrooke regional school board (CSRS) decided to stop holding them.

During the second workshop, Prima Danse animators showed sixth graders a photo of former Montreal Alouette safety Étienne Boulay and former Montreal Impact player David Testo in each other’s arms. The photo was part of the exhibition Imaginary Couples, by photographer Olivier Ciappa.nt who attended the workshop complained to the school, prompting the school board to terminate its agreement with Prima Danse.

“The father, that night, called other parents, called the school board, and went in-person in the morning to speak with the teacher in question and tell them in-person everything that was on his mind,” said Katrina Journeau, director of Prima Danse, which holds dance-oriented workshops on social issues.

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