PDSB to consider request to fly rainbow flag this summer

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The Peel District School Board (PDSB) spent time this week discussing the possibility of flying the rainbow flag to be raised outside district schools during Pride Month this summer.

The request to fly the flag in June at schools with the Peel District School Board was made last year by a group representing LGBTQ teachers and other employees.

A current policy allows only Canadian and Ontario flags to be flown at schools. The board’s chair says some trustees are concerned granting the rainbow flag request would open the door to other groups seeking permission for different flags.

The Pride Employee Resource Group, which made the request, said it is surprised at the pace at which the request is being processed.

The issue will be under the spotlight at a board meeting on Tuesday, with trustees expected to decide two weeks later.

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Many schools in the Toronto area already fly the rainbow flag, either during Pride month in June or on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in May.

Some parents however aren’t very impressed by any flag other than the Canadian flag flying outside any school because students don’t need to see a flag raised to feel a sense of inclusivity. Flying the rainbow flag will in the future be used to justify considering other flags that hold special significance for other groups and down the line it will be hard for the school board to argue against more flag raising. Needless to say, such controversies raise red flags. -CINEWS

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