The City of Vancouver has officially launched Pride Week, raising the rainbow flag at City Hall this afternoon.
Also raised for the first time, is the pink and blue transgender flag.
Before the ceremony, advocates gathered in counsel chambers to discuss what everyone can do to support trans rights.
The group talked about better training and facilities in policing, trans-inclusive swims at public pools, and gender-neutral washrooms in schools.
Drew Dennis, co-chair of the City of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee, says there are the same number of transgender people in B-C as there are people with red hair.
“I think as Canadians, we value equity for all Canadians. I don’t believe that we want to leave anybody behind or exlude anybody from our society and from public and civic spaces.”
The Vancouver Pride Society now requires those who want to take part in this weekend’s parade to first sign a pledge of support for transgender rights.