Two former school trustees are taking legal action against the Non Partisan Association and a Vancouver city councillor for defamation.
Ken Denike and Sophia Woo filed a claim in B.C. Supreme Court on December 17 stating that they were "by way of innuendo" intimated to be homophobes and intolerant of LGBTQ+ communities.
Denike and Woo were expelled from the NPA after they held a news conference about concerns regarding the Vancouver School Board's sexual orientation and gender identity policy updates.
Denike and Woo were the only trustees to vote against the gender identity amendments in June.
The NPA issued a statement in June to explain why they removed the two trustees from their caucus.
"The decision to expel Denike and Woo was necessary given that the two have chosen to follow their own course in various matters without consulting with the other members of Caucus."
Denike and Woo also named NPA councillor Elizabeth Ball in their lawsuit for comments she made on CBC's On the Coast on June 13 after their expulsion.
None of the allegations have been proven in court; neither of the defendants have filed statements of defence yet.
Denike, a retired geography professor, and Woo, a mental-health clinician, ran for re-election in October but did not win.
In 2012, Denike and Woo had their lawyer issue cease-and-desist letters to school trustees. The letter claimed that defamatory statements were being made that suggested the two were homophobic.