Human-rights complaints filed against Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld for controversial LGBT remarks

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      A Chilliwack school trustee with controversial opinions about LGBT people has had two human-rights complaints filed against him.

      According to several reports, the British Columbia Teachers' Federation filed a human rights complaint against Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld for his comments about trans people.

      On January 15, CUPE 411, the union which represents non-teaching support staff in Chilliwack, filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. The complaint alleges that their employer failed to protect their membership from Neufeld's transphobic and homophobic statements about the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) policy adopted by School District 33.

      In October, 2017, Neufeld, who has been a trustee since 1992, apologized for a now-deleted Facebook post in which he allegedly stated that allowing children to choose their gender is "child abuse" and also denounced "gender theory".

      He faced criticism from former Vancouver school board chair Patti Bacchus as well as former NDP candidate and trans activist Morgane Oger. The BCTF distanced themselves from Neufeld's statement and joined with B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming and several B.C. education associations to support all students from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion or background.

      However, Neufeld has since continued to post content on Facebook about LGBT people and issues.

      On December 16, Neufeld posted on Facebook the following statement:

      I am amazed and humbled by the transgendered [sic] people who have risen up to defend me, including Jenn Smith.

      I had a call from a transgender person who attended the Justice Institute with me back in the 80's when we were training to be Correctional officers. He got a job in Corrections, got married and has a couple of kids.

      His marriage fell apart, and so he decided to transition to a woman. He said: "Barry, I wish there was someone like you to warn me this was a BAD idea!"

      He had the sexual reassignment surgery, but it didn't change his life for the better, as he had hoped.

      He said: " I miss my penis. I can't experience an orgasm. I can't find a decent man to love me and commit to me. As soon as they discover My private parts have been 'carved up' they dump me. I am neither a man nor a woman. I feel like a counterfeit human being. I am stuck in the transgender ghetto!"

      His children tried to be accepting of their father's life change. But when his daughter got married, she was embarrassed by the person who USED to be her father, and so she asked the Father of the groom to give her away at her wedding.

      There is no happy ending to this story.

      He has since posted links to other articles about trans people, including "UN 'Sex Education' Standards Push LGBT Agenda on 5-Year-Olds" and "Christine Blatchford: Living in a country where you daren't be anything but gay friendly".

      On February 14, he posted a link to a Post Millennial article about himself entitled "Trans lobby seek to silence healthy debate", which states "Neufeld takes issue with 'the teaching of the theory, as if it was fact, that gender is fluid, that there are more than two genders, and that gender is not based in biology.' "

      Neufeld also made presentations at events organized by Langley-based Culture Guard, which has supported and defended Neufeld. Culture Guard, run by social-conservative Kari Simpson, states that it "recognizes that the political tyranny of politically-correct idiotology must cease; and to this end we direct our endeavours".

      Meanwhile, a peaceful demonstration is being scheduled for April 23 at 11 a.m. outside the BCTF offices (550 West 6th Avenue) to counter an anti-SOGI rally by Culture Guard. As Culture Guard is also holding a protest at the same time at the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, a counter protest, consisting of a picnic and dance-in, is being organized.

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