TDSB Posters Promote Gender Based Violence Prevention Initiative
Question about a poster put out by the Toronto District School Board which says "Love has No Gender."
Sun columnist and NewsTalk 1010 host Joe Warmington asks in his column "so now the Toronto District School Board is telling kids they don't have to boys or girls? What the hell is going on with these people?"
A new series of posters are part of the TDSB's Gender Based Violence Prevention initiative.
In one poster, it shows stick men and women in a series of hearts. Some are one man and one woman together. Some show two men, or two women. Some show two men and a woman, or two women and a man. Another, shows a woman and a man in a wheelchair.
The TDSB clarifies that it's not promoting polygamy in the poster, but the images are meant to show the different types of relationship that exist in society, according to the spokesman for the TDSB, Ryan Bird. In the article he explains, "For example, the reason for depicting two women and one man was meant to show that a person can be attracted to more than one gender.”
There are also other posters that make reference to little boys who play with dolls and little girls who want to be firefighters, encouraging kids to not fit themselves 'into a box'.
In the past, the TDSB has introduced calendar days for "International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers" and "International Day of Zero-Tolerance on Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation."
(files by D. Agar and M. Rosa)