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Park Board launches bold trans*-inclusive awareness campaign

March 25 2015

image of a person  from trans-inclusive awareness poster campaign

The Park Board will unveil a powerful and personal public awareness campaign at Hillcrest Centre this week.

It reinforces a key Park Board priority to make community facilities more friendly, safe, and open to everyone—including transgender and gender variant people.

About the campaign

In a bold and dramatic fashion, the campaign highlights the faces and stories of our trans* communities. 

Materials designed to strengthen the Board’s commitment to “parks and recreation for all”  include:

  • Educational posters
  • Brochures
  • Postcards

Vancouver Park Board trans-inclusive campaign

By City of Vancouver

Vancouver Park Board trans-inclusive awareness poster campaign

  • Vancouver Park Board trans-inclusive campaign

    By City of Vancouver

  • Vancouver Park Board trans-inclusive campaign

    By City of Vancouver

  • Vancouver Park Board trans-inclusive campaign

    By City of Vancouver

  • Vancouver Park Board trans-inclusive campaign

    By City of Vancouver

  • Vancouver Park Board trans-inclusive campaign

    By City of Vancouver

The campaign is a continuation of the Park Board’s trans*-inclusive initiative and ongoing programming. In January, the Board launched Vancouver’s first trans*-inclusive public swim at Templeton Pool and began piloting trans*-inclusive signage on washrooms and change rooms. This week, Hillcrest Centre completed installing its signs.

Working Group established to help identify barriers for people accessing our services

In 2013, the Board established the Trans* and Gender Variant Inclusion Working Group to help identify barriers people face in accessing parks and recreation services. A dedicated group of volunteers spearheaded this effort, leading a one-year community engagement process.

Key areas for review

The Working Group recommended five key areas for review:

  1. Signage and literature
  2. Public spaces, including washrooms and change rooms
  3. Human resources (staff) training and policies
  4. Programming
  5. Collaborative community partnerships

BC Humans Rights Code

According to the British Columbia Human Rights Code, a person must not discriminate against a person or class of persons regarding any accommodation, service or facility customarily available to the public because of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age of that person or class of persons.

Terminology

*Trans/transgender (person)

A person whose gender assigned at birth does not match his/her gender identity.

*Gender variant (person)

When a person’s gender identity and/or presentation doesn’t conform to culturally specific, gender-based expectations of a female/male binary gendering system.

Get more information about trans* and gender variant

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".

Learn more about Hillcrest Centre

Hillcrest Centre

Hillcrest

Hillcrest recreation centre is located at 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-8680. Amenities include a dance studio, indoor cycling, indoor/outdoor pool, ice rink, fitness centre, gym, and cafe.