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Calgarians march against UCP proposed changes to gay-straight alliances

660 News - Jenna Hamilton

Calgarians marched by the hundred in support of GSAs

the second of two rallies held, the first was in Edmonton Wednesday

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgarians from all walks of life marched by the hundreds to UCP candidate Doug Schweitzer’s office for a rally Thursday evening in support of gay-straight alliances.

The rally began in the SW community of Marda Loop and was sparked by Jason Kenney and his campaign platform looking to change several laws involving GSAs.

Changes include allowing teachers to inform parents if their child joined a GSA, or give the principal the power to decide if a GSA was suitable for that school.

“I grew up in a really small religious town and there was not an opportunity to have a GSA so I feel like its really important to have those safe spaces,” said one young participant.

The message from the crowd clear why GSAs are being so ferociously defended.

“I was definitely blessed with having a safe place to come out to my family and I think it’s important that everybody has that, and not a lot of people do have that privilege,” said one girl.

This was the second of two rallies held, the first was in Edmonton Wednesday on the steps of the legislature.

Schweitzer released a statement regarding the march.

Liberal leader David Khan was one of the many taking part echoing an important message of inclusion.