A bit of good news: the Ontario Liberal government’s anti-bullying bill legislation passed yesterday
. The Accepting Schools Act
states that no principal or school board can refuse to allow students to use the name “gay-straight alliance,” or a similar name, for support groups.
The bill comes after a prolonged battle for students’ right to use “gay” in naming school organizations and to create school organizations that focus specifically on queer-positive issues in Ontario Catholic schools, after students were blocked from doing so last year.
The bill defines bullying, requires boards to “develop and implement an equity and inclusive education policy,” and, most importantly for queer students, includes gender identity and gender expression alongside sexual orientation. The bill pushes school boards to take a more active role in creating anti-bullying policies in schools.