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Anti-LGBTQ demonstrators rally near Pope John Paul II School on June 14, 2023 (Adam Riley / Acadia Broadcasting)

Demonstrations near south side school

By Adam Riley Jun 14, 2023 | 8:53 PM

Two groups of demonstrators were once again at the corner of Arthur Street and Franklin Street this afternoon.

The intersection where the demonstration occurred is near Pope John Paul II School, which saw a similar protest Monday during dismissal for the day.

One with banners denouncing what they call the LGBTQ agenda, the other supporting the LGBTQ community, specifically the transgender part of the community.

One of the demonstrators, with on the Pro-LGBTQ side, who spoke with us says sadly this is becoming a growing trend.

“Its really unfortunate that the hate speech and hate crimes that are targeting trans individuals is on the rise, of course this is not new here, but its definitely increasing.”

Acadia News attempted to speak with demonstrators with the other group, however members would not speak on the record with media.

The Thunder Bay District Catholic School Board was unable to provide an interview but did release a statement:

In response to the recent protests nearing Pope John Paul II school, regarding Pride Month, the safety of our students and staff are of utmost importance.

As a Board, we are allies who actively support the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We believe in dignity and respect for all people and are willing to stand up in that role.

We believe in approaching others with a spirit of compassion, always.  —— Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

Police are also investigating threats made to demonstrators at other rallies held on Arthur Street.




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