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‘I prefer the gay version of flip flopping’

How folks are responding to Dalton McGuinty's decsion to 'rethink' sex ed

We sorted through some of the rubble, following Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s decision to shelve a moderate, inclusive sexual education curriculum. Here’s the best of what we’ve found:

1. Folks who are angry about the decision have started a letter-writing campaign. Here’s an example of an eloquent note. We’ve also developed a short letter to the premier (and the leaders of the NDP and Conservatives) here. It only takes a minute to send.


2. Twitter users made “McGuinty” a trending topic in Canada yesterday afternoon and evening. Sentiment wasn’t unanimous, but most were angry at the reversal. Here’s some of what they had to say:

@juliedevaney Seriously McGuinty? Because treating sexuality like a dirty, shameful secret has always worked so well for kids: #FFS

@naymark I prefer the gay version of flip flopping and not so much the political kind. #mcguinty

@ACToronto Media Release: ACT Supports Sexual Health Education in Schools #canqueer #hiv #aids #onpoli #cdnpoli

@laddie McGuinty caves on new sex-ed curr. Sorry Christian folk. Now your kid will learn from mine. You won’t like it.


3. The I support sex ed Facebook group we started topped 800 fans in less than 24 hours. In summary: people are miffed.


4. We got our hands on copies of the 1998 and shelved 2010 health and physical education curriculums. Sex ed still starts in Grade 3, but don’t worry, there are no gays in the 1998 version. Phew. 

Find yesterday’s updates here.