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Park Board hosts Vancouver’s first trans-inclusive public swim on path to becoming world’s most-inclusive city

January 9 2015

“Trans individuals and families told us they wanted to swim and now they will feel safer about going to the pool—some for the first time in their lives,” said Kai Scott, Co-Chair of the Trans and Gender-Variant Inclusion Working Group

New universal signage

The Vancouver Park Board is hosting the first trans-inclusive public swim on Sunday, January 11 at Templeton Park Pool in East Vancouver.

It is the first in a series of Park Board initiatives to provide accessible parks and recreation for all. This brings Vancouver one step closer to becoming the world’s most inclusive city.

The motivation for the initiative is a Trans* and Gender-Variant Inclusion Working Group report, unanimously approved by the Board last April with 77 recommendations.

Reducing barriers through training and universal signage

“Trans individuals and families told us they wanted to swim and now they will feel safer about going to the pool—some for the first time in their lives,” said Kai Scott, Co-Chair of the Trans and Gender-Variant Inclusion Working Group. “It’s exciting that the Park Board is ensuring our community centres accommodate everyone.”

“We are delighted to launch this initiative with the Trans and Gender Variant community,” said Park Board General Manager Malcolm Bromley. “This is an important step in making parks and recreation public facilities welcoming to all. Breaking down barriers to access is the right thing to do.”

In addition to installing universal signage for single-stall washrooms and change rooms, the Park Board has trained staff to better serve trans and gender variant patrons.

About the Templeton Pool transgender public swim

The Templeton Pool and fitness centre (700 Templeton Drive at Adanac) will open two hours early at 12 noon this Sunday, January 11. The early opening continues through the winter session. A general public swim from 2:00-7:00pm follows.

While the trans-inclusive public swim is open to everyone, it is designed specifically to create a safe, supportive, and respectful environment for trans people.

What does trans mean?

*Trans is an inclusive umbrella term used to refer to communities and individuals with nonconforming gender identities and expressions.

Learn more about the Trans* and Gender-Variant Inclusion Working Group

Trans, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Inclusion Advisory Committee

The TGD2S Advisory Committee works to create safe, inclusive, and welcoming spaces for trans, gender diverse and Two-Spirit individuals. It does this by giving important advice and helping implement recommendations from the 2014 report "Building a Path to Parks and Recreation for All".