Abbotsford – On the heels of an anti-SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) rally in Chilliwack on Tuesday November 21 , concerned residents, and parents from the Fraser Valley, including group members of BC Parents for Inclusivity (BCPI), will gather together for a peaceful demonstration, also on November
21, to stand against hatred, and the spread of disinformation about SOGI 123.
Families and community members from all areas of the Fraser Valley will rally from 5-6:30 PM at Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle School, 3174 Clearbrook Road,
Abbotsford. This event will run prior to the Abbotsford School Board meeting, which begins at 7:00PM.
SOGI 123 is the provincially mandated anti-bullying curriculum that supports marginalized LGBTQ+ students. It does not sexualize or indoctrinate children. It is a toolkit for educators to create an inclusive environment where every child feels accepted, respected, and safe. (www.sogieducation.org)
Parents from across the Fraser Valley are invited by rally organizers, to stand together in Abbotsford to show that families of the Lower Mainland are accepting, inclusive, and progressive.
This event from the BC Parents for Inclusivity (BCPI), is a call to action for everyone who supports the health and safety of all children in the community.
BC Parents for Inclusivity (BCPI), formerly Langley Parents for Inclusivity, was organized in September 2017 in response to negative reactions from the community to SOGI 123. The group consists of parents and community members who stand together to promote inclusive education, and to voice their support for LGBTQ+ youth, and all children who face intolerance or discrimination.
Previous BCPI activities include a rally prior to the Langley School Board’s September meeting, a presentation at that board meeting, and an October 2017 SOGI 123 Info Session for parents and community members.