days until our Collective Agreement expires, we are preparing, we are united and we will make change.

Why is Transgender Day of Remembrance Important?

Transgender Day of Remembrance serves a vital purpose. It raises awareness about hate crimes against transgender individuals, giving visibility to a sadly overlooked issue. The Transgender Day of Remembrance also provides a platform to remember and honour the lives of transgender people who have tragically lost their lives. In a world sometimes indifferent or hostile, it’s a powerful expression of love and respect.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance allows transgender individuals and their allies to come together in solidarity, standing in vigil to remember those who have fallen victim to anti-transgender violence.

Importantly, as allies, it is our responsibility to create a safe and welcoming environment for our colleagues and friends at work. By fostering inclusion and empathy, we can make a positive impact on their lives.

If you’re interested in learning more about diversity and inclusion, here are a few books and 1 movie to consider:

  • “The ABC’s of LGBT+” by Ashley Mardell
  • “Transgender History” by Susan Stryker
  • “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves” edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth
  • Movie screenings such as “Boys Don’t Cry”

In solidarity,

Olivier Faucher-Boisjoli
Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee