Originally posted on Metro News:
A new campaign by organizers of the Vancouver Pride Parade is asking all parade participants this year to pledge public support for transgender equality legislation.
The mandatory pledge is the first part of the Vancouver Pride Society’s Trans Equality Now campaign, launched Thursday at a media event in Davie Village, which aims to lobby the provincial and federal governments to enact legal protections for trans and gender-variant Canadians, as well as educate the public on issues affecting the trans community.
Bry Leckie, parade co-ordinator for the Vancouver Pride Society, said the pledge is both a petition and a pledge of support for transgender Canadians. While the push for gay rights has made remarkable progress, Leckie said trans people continue to face discrimination and exclusion.
“For everyone in the pride community, it’s not acceptable that some of us are left behind,” Leckie told Metro. “Things certainly are better for trans people now…
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