Catholic School Bans Rainbows—Fun and Care Bears Likely Next
How many wonderful things can a school board ban to prevent kids from being gay?
Last weekend, St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School in Canada implemented a ban on rainbows.
“They said rainbows are associated with Pride,” said Leanne Iskander, the sixteen year-old kid who started the official gay-straight alliance at her school in March. “There’s so many other things that a rainbow could be. It’s ridiculous.”
Iskander and the Gay-Straight Alliance were told about the ban at an anti-homophobia event they organized at school.
In February, Ontario’s Catholic schools were instructed to allow anti-bullying clubs, but according to Extra, “a silent ban remains on all student groups focused on gay, lesbian and trans issues and group names can’t contain the word gay. GSAs are prohibited because ‘they lead to activism.’”
But Iksander’s group held the fundraiser despite the rainbow/pride ban, and students smuggled happiness to the event by hiding rainbows in food-dyed cupcakes, which they sold to guests.
At 50 cents each, the rainbow cupcakes earned the group $200 for charity.
But when the kids asked to donate to the Youth Line, a non-profit offering support for gay and lesbian youth, they were denied once again by the good-hating school board, who required them to donate the proceeds from their rainbow cupcakes to Covenant House, a Catholic homeless shelter.
I wonder if they know that some homeless people are gay, too.
How many good things can a school board ban to prevent kids from coming into contact with anything gay? I thought Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill was a stretch. But this school in Ontario is going for broke.
When they ban My Little Ponies and self-esteem—which will surely happen soon— I think we’ll know officially that the devil has won.