Vancouver’s transgender community will mark a week of remembrance and celebrating the lives of the victims of transphobic violence.
The memorials will be part of the international week of awareness, which will involve cultural activities and activism.
It is leading up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20 Nov, where a march will be held in honor of those who died throughout the past year.
The names of the victims will also be read aloud following the march.
Morgane Oger, the chair of the Trans Alliance Society, praised the West-Canadian province of British Columbia for the progress it had made with advocating for and educating of transgender rights.
‘There’s an active effort in schools by educators to include diversity in the education,’ Oger told The Early Edition.
‘For example, rather than always talking about “Billie” and “Suzie”… and they have a mom and a dad, now we talk about maybe sometimes they have two moms and one of the parents might be trans,’ Oger added.
The province also recently announced that it would recognize people who identify as non-binary, and would be offering the option of ‘X’ in the gender classification on identification cards.
Concerns about the US
While the trans rights campaigners praised progress which had been made in their area, they were also quick to remind of parts of the world where trans rights were regressing.
This could potentially include their neighbor to the south.
‘We’re very mindful here about what’s happening in the U.S.,’ Oger said, in reference to a leaked memo which said the Trump administration was planning to legally
LGBTI rights activists have said the move would essentially ‘legally erase’ the transgender community. Numerous businesses and members of the science community have also called on the government to reject the move.
‘Donald Trump’s government is trying to basically erase transgendered people by taking us out of the definition of what people are,’ Oger said.
In the lead-up to the Trans Day of Remembrance, Oger said empathy and support were the best ways to show solidarity.
‘Listen and let the people whose issues are affected lead … A very good ally translates to a point but really spends a lot of time listening to the people they’re trying to be allies too,’ Oger said.