Transgender issues have been in the news for the past year, thanks in part to people like Laverne Cox and Bruce Jenner.
Over the weekend, the city of Vancouver celebrated the proclamation of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobiaand today the Vancouver Pride Society held a press conference asking parade entries to publicly support transgender rights so that transgender Canadians to enjoy the same freedoms as other citizens.
Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer was present at both events because not only is she a city official, but she is also the parent of a transgendered child. During her speech at the breakfast for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Reimer was emotional when she discussed her concerns about her child’s future.
“I have never been more afraid for my child. I was so… angry but God, I was scared. The level of anger and angry, fearful, hating people in that room directing their energy at these kids, these kids are normal kids just trying to be like any teenager trying to find a sense of themselves…There is only one weapon we have against fear, and it is love, and using our voices to give that love a light in our community….I want to thank you for having the courage to wake up this morning and every morning…and publicly express your love to each other and for a strong, loving community.”