This video, circulated this week by Informed Parents, is raising alarm bells about a government sponsored website to support LGBTQ youth, called Alberta GSA Network. Their concern was that the site’s Community Supports section linked to a Facebook page called Fruit Loop, which features decidedly adult content.
While discussion of oral sex technique, BDSM and masturbation may be okay for the 18-plus crowd, this government web portal is supposed to be a resource for kids aged five to 17, who are looking to establish a gay-straight alliance support group at their school. The content was clearly inappropriate for them.
Donna Trimble, with Parents for Choice in Education was so outraged she called for a criminal investigation. I thought that those operating the site should remove the link to the offensive page and do a better job of vetting future web links. That appears to be what they did.
I received this note from Dr. Kristopher Wells after I got off the air: “This is the first concern we’ve received regarding the content on the Alberta GSA Network Website. It’s unfortunate that we were not contacted directly. We are always looking for ways to improve and strengthen our website content, which is designed to support, strengthen, and sustain GSAs across the province. We have reviewed all external web links and removed community links to focus on educational and pride organizations. All students have the fundamental right to start a GSA and they deserve our full support. GSAs can, and do save lives and benefit all students in our schools.”
My full interview with Donna Trimble is below: