On November 20, workplaces and communities will take the time to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance and commemorate persons who have lost their lives because of anti-trans violence.
Started in 1998 to honour the murder of a young transgender woman in Massachusetts, this day is now marked by ceremonies in cities across Canada and around the world.
“Transphobia exists in many of our workplaces and communities today, and we must work as trade union leaders to fight for the rights of all members”, said Terry Egan, President of CUPE Manitoba.
“As we reflect on those who lost their lives due to transphobia, we commit ourselves to standing up and speaking out against hate, discrimination, and violence towards the transgender community,” added Gina McKay, CUPE Manitoba Diversity Representative.
Let’s all continue to work together to help make our workplaces and communities a safe and inclusive space for those who identify as transgender.
CUPE offers numerous resources and education courses on how CUPE members can create safer and more inclusive workplaces for all members, including bargaining language that protects transgender members.
CUPE members are encouraged to attend the Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony tonight at the University of Winnipeg Riddell Hall from 6:30 – 9:00pm