Dozens of people gathered in Downtown Vancouver Sunday for a rally against transphobia.
The event follows what BC NDP Vancouver-False Creek Candidate Morgane Oger describes as “hate flyers” distributed around her community.
Oger says the flyers began showing up last week targeting her and her campaign.
“They questioned my sanity, my honesty, they used my birth name, which is very mean to do. Me, I’m very proud of my birth name so I have no personal issue with that, but they used my name as a weapon against me.”
She said somebody told her about a crowdfunding campaign they found set up to pay for the distribution of the flyers in her neighbourhood.
“I had two very important debates and the flyers appeared the night before the debates so that they were delivered all over the doorsteps in my constituency where I’m running, as well as the neighbouring constituency.”
Calling it a personal and brutal attack, Oger explains that because she was warned about the flyers and has a strong support system, it helped to take the edge off.
Meanwhile, appearing to put politics aside for an afternoon, candidates from at least one rival party attended the rally to show support.
Green Candidate for Vancouver West End James Marshall says his party has experienced similar issues.
“Some flyers circulated about one of the candidates for the NDP and our, couple of LGBT candidates have also been targeted in a bit of a lesser way. But we wanted to make sure that we stand up and show support to those who are targeted by these terrible things.”
Marshall says he was told by the event by his friend, Green Candidate of Coquitlam-Mallairdville, Nicola Spurling.
Spurling says outside of campaigning, she attends pride events and trans marches.
“Because I am trans and I feel the need to support the community in whichever way I can because like James said we’ve had some hateful flyers distributed about Morgane and we really wanna stand up and say that’s not acceptable.”
Explaining she knew one day it would be revealed that she’s transgender, Spurling says she’s been happy with the response from her community.