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UPDATE: Petition demands Hudak apologize for homophobic flyers

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UPDATE: Petition demands Hudak apologize for homophobic flyers

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Ontario PC leader defends homophobic campaign material
UPDATE OCT 5 – Queer activist Jon Hazell, who writes at the blog ohmygay.ca, has launched an online petition to ask PC Leader Tim Hudak to apologize for an ad campaign Hazell says is full of "bold-faced lies."

The petition can be found at change.org. 

Hazell says the entire lesbian, gay, bi and trans community is owed an apology.

"They need to apologize to the LGBT community for using them as a divisive tactic and using people's homophobia to get more votes," he says.

UPDATE OCT 3 – Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak was defensive about campaign flyers that rivals have called “disgusting” and “homophobic” when he was questioned by reporters in Windsor Oct 3.
 
Hudak deflected specific questions about the flyers and instead went on the attack about the Liberals’ sex education plan.

“I think they reflect Dalton McGuinty's out-of-the-mainstream policy ideas to have a sex-ed curriculum that would begin with grade ones,” Hudak was quoted by the CBC. “And the notion that Dalton McGuinty thinks a priority in our education system is a sex-ed curriculum starting at Grade 1 when they should be learning their ABCs or math skills, tying their shoes — I just think this shows another example of how Dalton McGuinty's lost touch with mainstream Ontario.”

Spokespeople for the PC Party and for candidates who Liberals say distributed the homophobic and transphobic campaign materials did not return phone calls from Xtra on Oct 2 or 3.
 
Liberals fired back with press releases that debunked the claims put forward in the flyers. They also pointed out that no changes to the sex-ed curriculum have been made since 1998, when the PCs were last in power.
 
The quotes that appear in the flyers, which were taken from a Toronto District School Board guidebook called Challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism: A K–12 Curriculum Resource Guide, are exactly the same as quotes they say appeared in the TDSB’s 2002 guidebook Rainbows and Triangles: A Curriculum Document for Challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism in the K–6 Classroom, when Hudak was a cabinet minister in the Harris government.

Later in the day, the PC Party released a statement saying their objection is that "in the 2011 version, teachers are explicitly told not to consult with parents."

That also is untrue; the TDSB guidebook says that best practice is to inform parents of any equity issues that will be part of the curriculum at the beginning of the term.
 
At a rally at a Tim Hortons in London on Oct 3, Hudak was greeted by a small crowd of protesters calling for equal rights for trans people, Global reporter Mark McAllister tweeted.
 
OCT 2 - Liberals accused Progressive Conservative candidates of distributing "disgusting," "homophobic" and misleading flyers in the final weekend of the Ontario election campaign Oct 2.
 
Liberal candidate Vic Dhillon tweeted that his PC rival in Brampton West, Ben Shenouda, was distributing homophobic flyers in the riding.
 
The flyers, which were scanned and distributed online Sunday evening, depict a child writing on a chalkboard and take quotes out of context from the Toronto District School Board’s guidebook on dealing with homophobia in the classroom, under the heading “Actual parts of the K–12 curriculum.”
 
It claims that the curriculum requires six-year-olds to crossdress and that it suggests teachers should “celebrate sexual diversity [with a] kissing booth” (brackets in text). In fact, the guidebook lists only suggested activities, and the “kissing booth” activity is about students giving each other Hershey’s Kisses candies in exchange for filling out a survey about classroom attitudes on homophobia.
 
It also claims that the guide recommends that schools not inform parents when these topics will be brought up in the classroom, which is the opposite of what the guide says.
 
“Sending a school newsletter home at the beginning of each term is a best practice for keeping parents/guardians/caregivers informed of all upcoming equity topics in the classroom without having to single out one topic over the other,” reads the guide, entitled Challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism: A K-12 Curriculum Resource Guide.
 
Liberal spokesperson Alicia Johnston says the flyers were distributed in English and Punjabi in a Brampton grocery store and that a Liberal staffer took one from Shenouda’s own campaign office. Johnston also says similar flyers were distributed in Brampton–Springdale by PC candidate Pam Hundal.
 
Johnston also provided Xtra with a copy of a letter that she says Willowdale PC candidate Vince Agovino was distributing by mail and door to door. The signed letter includes a similar transphobic ad from the Institute for Canadian Values, which ran in the National Post last week and for which the Post apologized after a massive outcry by queer activists online.
 
In the accompanying letter, Agovino states he will “defend” Catholic schools from “queer issues.” He quotes extensively from an interview out lesbian Liberal MPP Kathleen Wynne gave to Xtra last month on the subject of gay-straight alliances in Catholic schools, accusing her of having a radical agenda.
 
“Unfortunately, we cannot dismiss these comments as the musings of but one Liberal Cabinet Minister who is pushing her agenda from inside the Dalton McGuinty Liberal Cabinet,” he writes. “Ontario schools continue to be forced into accepting Kathleen Wynne’s agenda to ensure that certain radical ‘opportunities exist’ in our ‘kids’ lives through their formative years.’”
 
The letter makes it clear that Agostino opposes gay-straight alliances in Ontario’s Catholic schools as well as the TDSB’s anti-homophobia curriculum. The letter is included in the Scribd document below.
 
Both the Agovino letter and the Brampton flyers include notices stating they were “Approved by the CFO of the PC Party of Ontario.”
 
Shenouda could not be reached for comment Oct 2, but a volunteer who has been with his campaign since the writ was dropped says that he’s never seen the flyers before and suggested it was Liberal slander. Neither Hundal nor Agostino could be reached for comment the night of Oct 2.
 
Liberals and other activists called on PC Leader Tim Hudak to condemn the Brampton flyers Sunday night, but no official response was released. PC campaign staff did not respond to voicemail and emails left Oct 2.
 
However, PC campaign staffer Chad Rogers defended the flyers on his Twitter account.
 
Adding fuel to the fire, a modified version of the transphobic Institute for Canadian Values ad that ran in the National Post last week appeared in the Toronto Sun on Sunday, Oct 2.
 
The newer version removes the quotes from the TDSB anti-homophobia curriculum and corrects the spelling of “transsexual” but maintains the transphobic tone of the original ad.
 
A phone call to the Toronto Sun was not immediately returned.

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HATING EACHOTHER
IT IS SO EASY FOR POLITICIANS TO GET PEOPLE TOO HATE EACH OTHER! THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD IS TO PLAY ON OUR DIFFERENCES, THIS IS SUCH A SILLY GAME RESULTING IN SO MUCH HUMAN SUFFERING. WILL WE EVER REACH A POINT IN TIME WHEN WE CAN TRULY SEE OUR WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS? WHY MUST WE FEEL SUPERIOR TO EACH OTHER IN ORDER TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT OURSELVES. FOR ME, THIS IS THE CRUX OF IT.
Chill
Don't worry. Polls project a Liberal majority. Glen Murray will win again in Toronto Centre. The Tories and the NDP will be defeated once agains. All is well. See http://www.threehundredeight.blogspot.com/
Crowd in London Oct 3 2011
As one of TWO presenters at Tim Hudak's bus stop at the Tim Horton's in south London, it was very disheartening to have a candidate for premiere walk right past the 'group' (two people is a group?) both into and out of the location without even asking us anything... It is my hope that his party will NOT represent Ontario after the October 06 elections. London has been involved with a few transphobic problems recently and I stand proud along with the trans community for our rights, along with the remainder of the rainbow community! People pay taxes, people are required to have a life and a job, people are to love one another; diversity makes us richer, divison brings chaos.... 'nuff said!
Nonsense
You're demonizing the right. And equating leftist politics with gay politics. Sorry but that's just fuzzy thinking. But I agree that religion is evil and, despite the many loving and even pro-gay Catholics out there, the Roman Catholic Church is esentially the enemy of gay people and worth opposing in every day. If you want to demonize something, start with them. And then turn to Islam, the true archenemy.
defunding of Catholic schools
The Conservative's ugly religious right agenda needs to be confronted head on. These people promote bigotry, hate, and hurt. I think the discussion needs to be brought to defunding of schools and school systems that promote bigotry and hate, like the Catholic schools do. I think laws providing stiff penalties for individuals, and especially public figures and politicians, who promote and use bigotry and hate in their language, their campaign literature, and in their agendas. It's just NOT okay on ANY level anymore. Haters need to feel the heat from those of us who are their targets!
Re: harsh penalties needed
Unfortunately the Advertising Standard Canada does not advocate for election advertising.

Collectively, perhaps the LGBT community should pitch in to purchase a page full page ad on National Post or Toronto Star.. petition named signed or listed with Against Hate Speech or Homophobic election .. and Quote .. the PC Party or any other anti gay religious groups..

The full page ads should include not just names but groups like TDSB, MTCC, and various groups and organization..

Imagine a full page ad full of names and organizations... each of us pitch in $1 to $5 we can even get two pages ad..

SIMPLE & Clean.. the ad should have a background stating what the PC party or the Disgusting flyers has taken out of context.. RIGHT THE WRONG..
When They Have No New Ideas, They Raise Fear
Whenever the right wing has no new ideas to solve problems, they resort to raising fear and anger against some group in society. It may be LGBT people. It may be racial or religious minorities. It may be through statements about creating a safer society. Often their statements and dishonest, even downright lies. Unfortunately, this kind of fear mongering often works but it also undermines true democracy.
Troubling
I'm not gay, but I am troubled that Hudak is rallying people against teaching kids not to be homophobic. After all, some gay kids can't handle homophobia, suffer, and even kill themselves. He has a tragic stance on the issue and should be rejected. I know some gays are conservatives for their belief in neoliberal ideas, but I hope they realize the dangers in supporting conservatives who seem intolerant of an important part of their identity.
Conservatives Scare Me
As a LGBT person I've been afraid of what the Conservatives could do for some time. I'm not a fan of McGuinty either but I fear the Conservatives will do far worse and the example presented in this article is an strong indication what I think is true. I can see the Conservatives stopping the coverage of SRS for those who have been diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder. It's bad enough that the provincial government won't cover breast augmentation for those transsexuals who need it because they consider it "cosmetic". I wish these bureaucrats could have a small taste of what gender dysphoria was all about. Anyways, like I said, the Conservatives scare me.
Seriously folks!
EVERY TIME SOMEONE GAY VOTES CONSERVATIVE, NICKLEBACK WRITES ANOTHER SONG.

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