Hey, folks –
Just a friendly reminder that I have three copies of The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves up for grabs this week. As Ontario's Catholic schools fight against legislation that would require them not only to allow Gay-Straight Alliance clubs but actually — horrors! — actually call them Gay-Straight Alliance clubs, it seems like this book, and the giveaway, are more timely than ever. (Kudos, by the way, to the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA), which put out a press release yesterday in support of Bill 13, also known as the Accepting Schools Act.
"As Catholic educators, we believe that EVERY student is worthy of respect, dignity and love, and we affirm the sanctity of all human life," said OECTA president Kevin O'Dwyer. "We cannot expect to address a problem if we cannot openly discuss that problem, regardless of how difficult that conversation may be."
Leaving aside another difficult conversation about some of the likely vast differences between my definitions of the sanctity of life and those of the Catholic Church's definitions of the same for a moment, it's nice to see a voice of reason from the 43,000 teachers who work in Ontario's publicly funded (to the tune of $7 billion annually, including my tax dollars) Catholic school board.
To win a copy of The Letter Q, leave a comment here, and/or become a Facebook friend of this here blog. Contest closes at midnight on Sunday June 3; I’ll announce the winners on Monday June 4. (And here's a copy of the book trailer!)