Excerpt from: Anti-SOGI activist gunning for seat on Burnaby school board, by Cornelia Naylor, published in the Burnaby Now on September 13, 2018.
A former Christian TV host and outspoken critic of the province’s sexual orientation and gender identity resource for schools is
running for a spot at the Burnaby school board table.
Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson, a Christian blogger, author and former co-host of The 700 Club Canada, wasted no time stating
what she believes to be the most important issue facing B.C. students.
“I think the most important issue facing schools is that parents are highly alarmed and very upset that children are being taught
gender-fluid ideology. It has no place in school,” she told the NOW.
At rallies and on social media, Thompson has spoken against SOGI 123, a resource developed a couple years ago to help B.C.
schools support gay, lesbian and transgender students and make schools more inclusive for them.
Supporters of the resource and the LGBTQ community have organized counter-protests at anti-SOGI events Thompson has
been a part of, and she has become a controversial figure for her views.
When asked what should be put in place instead of SOGI 123 to help make schools more inclusive, she said, “What has always
been there, love. The school is not there to solve those problems.”
Teachers should teach manners and reading, writing and arithmetic, according to Thompson, and leave issues of gender identity
to professionals, like pediatricians and psychiatrists.
“A teacher is not trained, nor do they have the education to help a child dealing with gender identity,” she said.
Asked how she would support trans students as a trustee, Thompson said, “I would love them to pieces, and I would certainly
say that that’s a serious issue that should be dealt with by a professional.”
The complete article can be seen here.