QUEEN’S PARK – Kristyn Wong-Tam, NDP critic for 2SLGBTQ+ Issues, released the following statement to observe and reflect upon Trans Day of Remembrance:
“Transphobia and Trans Misogyny remain a deadly force in our lives and society. It breaks my heart to see that again and again, our Trans friends and family members are forced to advocate for their right to life, happiness, and basic safety. This is particularly true of Black, Two-Spirit, gender diverse, and other racialized Trans folks who disproportionately face Transphobia in addition to racist and colonial violence.
Every year, we are devastated to lose members of our community to transphobia and anti-Trans violence. Every year, we mourn our losses.
In the past few years, we have seen an alarming rise in transphobia and Trans discrimination in Ontario, Canada, and beyond. These anti-Trans sentiments are often used to sow distrust and fear – and there is a real personal toll on our loved ones who hear it day in and day out.
Trans people are resilient and determined activists, but they shouldn’t have to be. Allies need to have your back and help shoulder the burden of this fight against transphobia however we can. Trans people should never have to debate their own existence.
To the Trans community across Ontario – know that you are loved. You are valued. Your future will be bright. I am committed to making sure that every day gets a little a little easier and a little better for Trans people across the province. I am committed to supporting your advocacy at Queen’s Park. That includes pushing for The Gender Affirming Health Care Advisory Committee Act, which will help improve equitable access to lifesaving, gender affirming health care.
On this Trans Day of Remembrance, we mourn the dead and continue to fight for the living. On this day, and every day, Trans Rights are human rights."