Parliamentary secretary for gender equity’s statement on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, has issued the following statement recognizing the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia:
“Today, May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. On this day in 1990, the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. We’ve come a long way since then. However, today remains an important day – far too many people within the 2SLGBTTQAI+ community continue to face inequality, living with harassment, violence and discrimination because of their gender or sexuality.
“Homophobia, transphobia and biphobia have no place in our province and our society.
“Our government has a moral and ethical responsibility to tackle systemic discrimination in all of its forms. Every day, our government is working to make our province better and more inclusive for everyone because British Columbia is a place where people of all genders and sexualities belong.
“That’s why we are working to make sure our services are accessible in ways that are inclusive and respectful of people of all genders and sexual orientations. We support sexual orientation and gender identity education in schools, have re-established the human rights commission and implemented a gender X option for provincial identifications. Our work continues to ensure everyone in British Columbia is recognized and treated with dignity as they are and for who they are.
“Through the Provincial Health Services Authority, Trans Care BC supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, provides peer support and improves access to information, resources and supports. Bringing lower affirming surgery to B.C. also improves care for people in our province by providing high-quality, gender-affirming procedures closer to home.
“In addition, our efforts to address systemic discrimination must also inform policy and budget decisions by reviewing all decisions through a policy tool that considers a gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) lens.
“We are working toward a more inclusive British Columbia, and we know there is a lot more to do.
“It takes all of us working together to build a province where everyone can live without fear of violence or discrimination because of who they are or who they love.
“Ending homophobia, biphobia and transphobia starts by making it clear that people of every gender and every sexuality are welcome in our communities, our workplaces and our lives.
“This is more than a goal. It is a clear and definable commitment because each of us deserves an equal opportunity to succeed in life, and to feel safe to live as who we are on this day and every day.”
Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 3:05 pm - Arjun Singh posted on their blog: Apologies for horrible word choice at Kamloops council this Tuesday….
Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm - Doug Smith posted on their blog: In the Cache Creek to Spences Bridge Hills
Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Sunrise Mountain Ramble – Kamloops Trails
Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 4:05 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: For climate’s sake, save the peat!
Sat, Jun 12, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: On the Embleton Trails – Kamloops Trails
Thu, Jun 10, 2021 at 6:02 pm - David Suzuki posted on their blog: Fossil fuel industry faces an overdue reckoning
Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 9:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Island Lake Loop – Kamloops Trails
Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 8:00 am - Doug Smith posted on their blog: Lac du Bois Loop Route
Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 3:25 pm - Darryl Schmidt posted a reply on Grand Finale of the Kamloops Symphony’s “Running The Symphony” Initiative
Fri Jun 18 to Sat Jul 17 “Painting with Wax” by Judith Anderson in the KAC Main Gallery
Thu Jun 24 Artist Coffee – Virtual Meet Up
Thu Jul 1 to Tue Aug 31 Music in the Park
Wed Jul 14 Renovate Smart Kamloops Virtual Home Energy Performance Workshop
Thu Jul 29 Artist Coffee – Virtual Meet Up
Wed Aug 25 Renovate Smart Kamloops Virtual Home Energy Performance Workshop
Thu Aug 26 Artist Coffee – Virtual Meet Up
Sat Sep 11 to Sun Sep 12 Parkinson SuperWalk
Tue Sep 28 Renovate Smart Kamloops Virtual Home Energy Performance Workshop