Are Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) social or sexual clubs?
That is a key question being asked after media articles and videos claim that GSAs are directly affected by a policy resolution passed at the United Conservative Party (UCP) AGM which pertains to sexual content and materials.
The following formal complaint has been submitted through the Canadian Press contact form, as well as emailed to CTV News (email@example.com), whose news reports have regrettably misled the public with contradictory information related to GSAs and a recently passed UCP resolution.
To Whom it May Concern,
The following articles from your respective news outlets contain factual errors that must be retracted or corrected immediately.
Canadian Press, May 6: Alberta conservatives clash with leader Jason Kenney on GSAs at policy meeting
CTV article and associated videos, May 6: Alberta conservatives clash with leader Jason Kenney on gay-straight alliances
Your articles/videos claim to focus on the following United Conservative Party (UCP) policy resolution discussed yesterday, Sunday May 6th, at the UCP Founding Convention/AGM:
Reinstate parental opt-in consent for any subjects of a religious or sexual nature, including enrollment in extracurricular activities/clubs or distribution of any instructional materials/resources related to these topics.
Despite the fact this resolution is clearly focused on extracurricular activities/clubs or materials/resources related to topics of a religious or sexual nature, your article/video characterizes the resolution as directly associated with parents being informed if their children join a GSA.
However, that characterization would only be true if K-12 GSAs were offering content of a religious or sexual nature.
The logical question that your reporters and media companies must answer is: are GSAs social, or sexual?
If they are social clubs then stop relating them to the UCP resolution which has nothing to do with social clubs/materials and everything to do with sexual or religious clubs/materials.
If they are sexual clubs then it is inaccurate to merely claim “GSAs are social clubs set up by students to help LGBTQ children feel welcome and to lessen any chance of bullying,” without also mentioning a sexual component.
While I am not the author of this UCP resolution, I am frustrated with your media organization’s regrettable lack of care to ensure accurate reporting of facts, which is now leading to widespread public misperception of GSAs and this UCP resolution.
I would ask that you remove or correct your article/videos immediately to ensure that the public is not misled further through false and contradictory reporting.
Theresa Ng, B.Ed
Author of the blog Informed Albertans