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Statement of support for the 2SLGBTQ+ community ahead of April 10 planned protest

March 31 2021 –

Today, as we celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility alongside trans and non-binary community members, the City reiterates our support for Vancouver’s 2SLGBTQ+ community. We acknowledge the many contributions trans and non-binary people have made to Vancouver, and today and every day we stand with you and we support you.

The City is committed to reducing the barriers that trans people face in accessing vital services such as housing, and actively invests in organizations that support trans people in Vancouver.

We have learned about a possible anti-trans protest on April 10 at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énḵ Square (the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza), planned by some members of the public. In light of this, we are also restating the City’s position on hate: The City of Vancouver has zero tolerance for hatred, racism and discrimination. We stand against transphobia and all forms of inequity that affect our communities. 

In accordance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the City cannot prevent people from assembling on public property for exercising their right of freedom of expression. We want to be clear that we do not issue permits for any rallies or protests.