Canadian comedian Rick Mercer has a regular feature where he "rants" on his CBC TV show. This one from 2007 was rebroadcast in October 2011 and recently went virual when it was posted on the "It Gets Better" website. In it, he says that it is not enough to tell bullied gay kids in high school that "it gets better", given the suicide rate among gay teens. More decisive action is needed. He ends the video by saying that gay public figures to be more open about their sexual orientation and serve as role models to gay youth.
Maybe this is the decisive action which he's talking about:
On November 30, 2011, the province of Ontario passed tough new legislation designed to crack down on homosexual bullying in schools. The legislation aims to impose tougher consequences, including expulsion, for “bullying and hate-motivated actions.” All of Ontario’s Catholic and public schools will be required to set up gay-straight alliances if students request them. Read more about it here:
I'm sure all the Catholic bishops and school administrators will have their panties in a bunch over this one.
In Ontario, Catholic schools are publically-funded from JK to grade 12. The problem was that the Catholic bishops in Ontario do not permit GSAs in the Catholic schools because they “imply a self-identification with sexual orientation that is often premature among high school students.” Brave LGBT teenagers (and their supporters) across Ontario are constantly being harassed and suspended by Catholic school administrators for doing things as simple as wearing a Pride button to school.
It is typical of the Catholic schools that they have to be forced to do the right thing through legislation and court challenges. It was only a few years ago they were taken to the Supreme Court (where they lost) because they tried to prevent a gay student from taking his same-sex date to the prom. I find the Catholic hierarchy the worst hypocrites of all .... they are probably too busy lusting over cute altar boys to do the right thing.