Every summer, dozens of Pride celebrations, parades and marches are held across British Columbia to celebrate and raise awareness of BC’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and Two-Spirit communities (LGBTQ2S+). Some towns and cities have had pride events for decades, while others have only just recently hosted their first events over the past few years.
This year, Trans Care BC
is hosting information booths at 14 pride events across the province
, in addition to sharing resources at a number of pride events that we are not able to attend in person. And they would like to invite you to join them:
“Pride is an opportunity for our teams to connect with community members and raise awareness about the resources and services available to trans, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people in our province,” said Lorraine Grieves, provincial director, Trans Care BC.
“This year we look forward to providing more information and new resources at our booths, with new educational opportunities now available and continued improvements to surgery access.”
Trans Care BC’s education team is committed to raising care provider knowledge, capacity, and cultural safety in order to improve access to gender-affirming care across BC, and to meet the needs of trans individuals across their lifespan.
Trans Care BC’s first, introductory, online training module, entitled Exploring Gender Diversity, is now available via PHSA's Learning Hub
to the public and the health care sector in the following formats:
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the uprising which followed. The Stonewall Riots were led in part by transgender women of colour and were a direct response to police raids of the Stonewall Inn (a club located in New York City’s West Village) and the violence and persecution of LGBTQ2S+ people by the New York Police Department (NYPD).
The Stonewall riots are regarded by many in North America as one of history’s first major protests on behalf of equal rights for LGBTQ2S+ people. Marches were held every subsequent year and grew internationally into pride events that continue to bring awareness to the ongoing inequity and social injustices faced by LGBTQ2S+ people.
Trans Care BC will be at these pride events this summer:
Learn more about how Trans Care BC is improving gender-affirming care across British Columbia by visiting transcarebc.ca or following Trans Care BC on Facebook.