Anti-homophobia activist Ryan Clayton wants to yell. For about an hour, he says.
At two people: Vancouver school trustees Ken Denike and Sophia Woo.
Clayton today (December 14) sent the Straight a YouTube video of the two Non-Partisan Association trustees talking about an antibullying booklet published in 2006 for use by teachers.
It’s a piece of educational material put out by Out In Schools, a program approved by the Vancouver school board.
In that material, according to Denike and Woo in the video, was a link to a website whose contents they say is not appropriate for kids.
The video also has a parent saying that seeing two people making out is not suitable for his 13-year-old daughter.
The video was produced by the Washington, D.C.-based Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance. It was uploaded December 6.
“Right now, I want to go yell for about an hour at Ken and Sophia,” Clayton said.
Clayton disputed claims in the video that the booklet is available in school libraries. He also said that the website referred to by Denike and Woo is no longer part of the booklet.
But according to Denike, Clayton is just making up an issue that’s been resolved.
Denike told the Straight in a phone interview that Clayton “got this all screwed up”.
The long-time NPA school trustee recalled that in late September, while the campaign was going on for the fall civic election, he and then candidate Woo called a news conference to point out references to allegedly pornographic material in the Out in Schools booklet.
Denike went on to say that publishers of the material later told him that they were taking out links in the Out in Schools website that may be deemed inappropriate for kids. According to him, they also reprinted the booklet and removed any references to online materials that are not suitable for school children.
“We got basically what we were attempting to get,” Denike said.
He also noted that video being cited by Clayton was filmed last fall when he and Woo were still candidates.