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People inside Kelowna city hall needed only to look out their windows to see a culture war being fought this morning.
The nationwide '1 Million March 4 Children' protests had representation in Kelowna and they were met by counter-protestors in Stuart Park.
Many of the same vehicles and protestors who have gathered to speak against COVID-19-related health measures now have their sights set on how gender issues are being addressed in schools.
With signs saying things like "Leave our kids alone," hundreds gathered in opposition to schools teaching about gender and sexual diversity.
But the protest was met with a counter-protest by advocates of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Hundreds assembled for the initial protest, and scores were there with rainbow flags and signs supporting trans rights.
There were confrontations and shouting matches before the speeches officially began.
1 Million March 4 Children protestors were met by counter-protestors supporting the 2SLGBTQ+ community outside Kelowna city hall this morning. pic.twitter.com/INjP8DrL3v— KelownaNow (@KelownaNow) September 20, 2023
Materials circulated by the '1 Million March 4 Children' protestors say they are "standing together against gender ideology in schools."
At issue is the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) programs in BC schools.
The Kelowna School District issued a statement ahead of the protest defending its policies.
"We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that vulnerable young people can have a sense of belonging so they can focus on their learning priorities," reads the statement in part.
And the statement re-affirms it's commitment to the SOGI materials, which are available in BC schools.
"The BC SOGI Educator Network helps to make our schools more inclusive and welcoming so that children express themselves in their own unique way," it reads.
The protests are not just here in BC.
Similar events are happening across Canada, with conservative groups speaking out against various LGBTQ policies and activities.