Gay Issues

Catholic School Bans Rainbows at Anti-Homophobia Event

| by Kate Wharmby Seldman

A Toronto Catholic school banned rainbows at an anti-homophobia event, according to gay and lesbian news website Xtra. St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School was not allowed to display the multicolored gay pride symbol at the event after the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board blocked them from doing so.

Leanne Iskander, a 16 year old who founded St. Joseph's gay-straight student alliance, said she thought the ban was "ridiculous." She continued, "We brought signs and posters with rainbows, and we were told that we can't put them up. They said rainbows are associated with pride. There's so many other things that a rainbow could be."

As a protest, students sold cupcakes for charity: inside them? Rainbow-colored batter. The school board got the last laugh, however, when they stopped students from donating the $200 they'd raised to the Youth Line, a gay organization.

"The board said no," Iskander told Xtra. "We were told to donate to Covenant House, a Catholic homeless shelter."

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