LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) — Langley parents and students will rally against hate on Tuesday.
Stacey Wakelin with the group Langley Parents for Inclusivity says they support the new SOGI 123 curriculum, which incorporates sexual orientation and gender identity into BC school studies.
The new SOGI 123 curriculum teaches awareness to K to 12 students about everything from gender identity to stereotypes and bullying, but critics say kids are too young to be taught about it.
“It’s about allowing all students to see themselves represented, its very age appropriate,” says Stacey Wakelin.
She says she has mostly heard support for the curriculum but admits there is a lot of pushback, pointing to recent graffiti on the city’s new rainbow crosswalk.
“I think we’ll always see people that disagree, that do something like defacing the crosswalk, there will be controversy however you put it.”
Wakelin thinks there is a lot of misinformation in the community about what kids are learning. “I feel like this isn’t a religious conversation; it’s about equal human rights. All kids deserve to be included in their education and to feel safe.”
The rally starts at 5 p.m. outside the Langley School Board and Wakelin is expecting a big turnout in support.