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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Trans Day of Remembrance Act Passed 1 Year Ago Today

Kincardine | by Travis Jackson  

We now hold a moment of silence every year on November 20th.

It's been a whole year since the Province of Ontario unanimously passed the Trans Day of Remembrance Act on December 12th, 2017, requiring the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to hold a moment of silence every year on November 20th.

Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 and has evolved into an international day of action. Vigils are held around the world to remember the names of those who have died as a result of anti-transgender violence and to raise public awareness about hate crimes committed against transgender persons. 

On November 20th a small number of Kincardine community members met in Victoria Park to honour and remember transgender victims of violence and those that ended their own lives because of their suffering from rejection.

Kincardine Pride President, Fort Papalia, points out that ''It is important to recognize that there are those among us who suffer significant daily anguish for no other reason than living their lives as they need to. Even in a community as welcoming and inclusive as Kincardine, transgender persons face many obstacles due to very limited, appropriate care in a rural community and a lack of understanding or acceptance by others.''

Kincardine has many businesses and organizations that are allies and supporters of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) people, many of whom are sponsors of Kincardine Pride. 

Kincardine Pride and PFLAG Kincardine strive to increase public awareness and to provide some support to those struggling with gender-related issues, whether in their own families or their place of work or study.

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