The gender identity legislation recently unveiled by the provincial government deeply concerns the Banff Pride Society. This proposal infringes upon human rights, particularly those of trans kids and their supportive parents navigating challenging journeys.
It’s evident that Canada is not and has never been immune to discrimination against trans and queer individuals. There is a rising tide of anti-trans and anti-queer policies, actions, and sentiments spreading across the country. This proposed legislation, coupled with the expected contentious debates, poses a significant threat to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community once again.
For trans kids, who already face alarming rates of homelessness and suicide, the situation becomes even more critical. It has the potential to further jeopardize their lives within our town and province.
The Banff Pride Society remains dedicated to offering support, amplifying, and empowering the voices and experiences of our two-spirit, trans and gender-diverse neighbours and visitors. Our commitment extends to advocating for positive change and providing education to counteract persistent and hazardous misinformation concerning gender identity and expression.
It is our shared responsibility to safeguard the hard-fought battles for human rights, as this is just the start of a challenging journey.
We are proud to be a part of such a strong, resilient 2SLGBTQIA+ community, supported by engaged allies within the Bow Valley. Banff is a brighter, more beautiful place to live because of it.
Banff Pride Society board of directors,