Ottawa school board to participate in its first gay pride parade

Ottawa-Carleton District school board trustees hope more than 100 students, parents and staff will join them as they march in their first gay pride parade. Openly gay District school board trustee Donna Blackburn will be leading the contingent. “I just thought it was a natural extension of what the board has been doing for many years now to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth,” said Blackburn. The board held its first “Pink Day” at many schools this past year, where students wore pink to back the fight against homophobia. Blackburn told CBC News there hasn’t been any backlash and it was time for the board to step up its endorsement of gay rights.

[via CBC News]