Toronto Catholic Trustees plowed under traditional Catholic teaching on gender Thursday night in an 8-4 vote to add “gender identity”, “gender expression”, “marital status” and “family status” to the Board’s Code of Conduct.
Trustees Frank D’Amico, Joe Martino, Markus De Domenico, Ida Li Preti, Maria Rizzo, Norm Di Pasquale, Daniel Di Giorgio and Angela Kennedy voted in favor while Trustees Michael Del Grande, Teresa Lubinski, Garry Tanuan and Nancy Crawford voted against.
PAFE encouraged supporters to attend the meeting, and approximately 50 attended while four spoke as delegates. Our presence showed that many people agree with Christian teachings on gender despite the claim by some that the Church is “outdated”.
An LGBTQ political activist, Kyle Iannuzzi, was the first to speak and said he hoped that the disappearance of traditional Catholic teachings on gender would be the outcome of the addition of the four terms. He pleaded that it was a matter of life and death to add the terms in order to prevent suicides of LGBTQ youth.
Queenie Yu gave a stellar presentation urging Trustees to stand on their Catholic denominational rights. She stated that Section 93 of the Constitution guarantees Catholic schools the right to transmit the teachings of the Catholic faith to students. She pointed out that the Ontario Human Rights Commission does not have authority in law and that the Board is not obliged to add the terms despite the Minister of Education’s directive. To read her speech, click here.
To watch all the delegate speeches click here and move to the 1:55:20 mark.
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Teresa Pierre, Ph.D.