Canadian Catholic School Bans Rainbows at Anti-Homophobia Event

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Somewhere over the rainbow, Judy Garland is turning in her grave.

A school banning rainbows? Did officials also tell kids dreams really won't come true? Students at St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School may have wished they could click their heels three times when the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board in Toronto said no rainbows could be displayed at an anti-homophobia event last week, Xtra, a Canadian gay and lesbian website, reports.

"We brought signs and posters with rainbows, and we were told that we can't put them up," Leanne Iskander, 16, founder of the school's unofficial gay-straight alliance, tells Xtra! "They said rainbows are associated with pride. There's so many other things that a rainbow could be. It's ridiculous."

But students pulled a little wizardry, anyway, baking rainbow-colored batter inside the cupcakes they sold for charity, according to the site. However, Iskander tells Xtra they were not allowed to donate the $200 raised to a gay group.

"We asked if we could donate to the money to the Youth Line and the board said no," she tells Xtra! "We were told to donate to Covenant House, a Catholic homeless shelter."

The spokesperson for the school board could not be reached for comment, according to the site.

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