Pflag Canada marks Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario — Pflag Canada, along with their chapters across Canada, are remembering victims of transphobic violence and advocating for the rights of transgender people on today’s Transgender Day of Remembrance.
According to a poll conducted by the Trans Pulse Project, Egale Canada, 87% of trans students in Canada reported feeling unsafe in places at school. Pflag Canada is committed to working towards progress and acceptance for trans youth. The national charitable organization was founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand, accept and celebrate their LGBTQ2 children.
The same study also shows that trans youth are at a much higher risk of suicide than other young people, due to the prejudice, discrimination, bullying and violence they face on a daily basis. However, there is a 93% drop in suicide attempts among trans youth with strongly supportive parents.
“As we mourn the many lives that have been tragically lost, we also must recommit to protecting the rights of transgender people. The Ontario Government’s rollback of the Sex Ed curriculum to 1998, as well as the Ontario PC party resolution to erase the existence of transgender people, has put transgender children, youth and adults at risk,” says Pflag Board Member Jill Holroyd, who is the parent of a transgender young adult.
As part of the consultation process outlined by the Ontario Government, Pflag Canada is asking LGBTQ2 individuals, their parents and allies to provide feedback on the curriculum by filling out a questionnaire at: pflagcanada.ca/HaveYourSay. The results will be submitted in an official Ontario-wide Pflag Chapter submission to the Province.
Cities across Canada will host their own series of events and activities, culminating with Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, where people will honour the trans people who lost their lives in the past year and call for an end to prejudice, discrimination and violence.
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About Pflag Canada:
Pflag Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ2 children. We support these families through today, and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ2) with families, friends, and allies, Pflag is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.