Today, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with trans people and allies to mark the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Today is a day to celebrate and honour the lives of those who have been killed as a result of transphobic violence, and to call atten­tion to the con­tin­ued vio­lence experienced by trans­gen­der people in Saskatchewan, Canada and around the world.

While recent years have seen gains for transgender rights, far too many still face discrimination and violence in their workplaces and communitues. We must all work together to ensure that our unions and our workplaces are inclusive and welcoming spaces for trans and non binary people. Every person deserves, and has the right, to live and work free of violence and harassment. Through collective bargaining, education, and lobbying the government for increased rights and protections, unions and the labour movement play a vital role in ensuring that this right is enforced.

However, recognizing and putting an end to transphobia doesn’t end at the bargaining table, or with the passing of legislation. We must all collectively take responsibility to speak out and fight against the discrimination faced by transgender and gender diverse people in our workplaces and our communities. Sup­port your co-work­ers and those in your com­mu­ni­ty who are fac­ing and who have faced trans­pho­bia, and call out those who use trans­pho­bic lan­guage. Attend local pride events, and sup­port the work being done by unions and human rights orga­ni­za­tions to end trans­pho­bia in Cana­da and in oth­er coun­tries around the world. Be aware of your own bias­es, and work to be an ally to all LGBTQ2S+ people.

The SFL will continue our commitment to fighting transphobia discrimination in all its forms, and ensuring that our workplaces and communities are a safe place for everyone.

 

 

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