About 150 students at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School participated in the province-wide protest on Friday morning. Students walked out for 20 minutes to protest the United Conservative Party’s policy on gay-straight alliances. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Red Deer students protest UCP direction on gay-straight alliances

Red Deer students joined a provincial protest Friday morning against the United Conservative Party’s approach to gay-straight alliances, or queer-straight alliances.

About 150 students at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School walked out at 9:30 a.m. and stood across the street regularly chanting, “What do we want? Safe Spaces. When do we want them? Now.”

Premier Jason Kenney has said his government will revert to old legislation that allows gay-straight alliances, but without blanket privacy protection for students.

Gay-straight alliances are peer support networks that promote welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students and their allies.

Alliances are run by students and supported by school staff.

Protests at other Red Deer schools were also organized.

— With files from The Canadian Press



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