On March 31, the BC Legislature will be raising the flag that represents the transgender community as a way to acknowledge the International Transgender Day of Visibility.
The Day of Visibility is one dedicated to celebrating transgender, non-binary and Two-Spirit people in communities and raising awareness of discrimination faced worldwide.
The B.C. government says it will fly the transgender flag in front of the BC Legislature once again — the first government in the province’s history to do so.
“This is a gesture to our trans friends, neighbours and family members that we see you, we hear you and we are allies for you,” said Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity.
Lore adds, “As we focus on making visible the lives and contributions of trans people, we also need to continue to raise awareness of the discrimination and violence faced by many trans people every day. In many places here and around the world, it is not safe to be openly transgender and many trans people are unfairly subjected to violence if they try to live as themselves.”
This marks the second time the Legislature has raised the transgender flag in under six months. The previous occasion was to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, which took place back in November 2021.
“Our work is far from over as we renew our efforts to fight transphobic violence and discrimination and to celebrate and make visible the unique contributions of trans people. I am committed to helping make B.C. a safe and welcoming place for transgender, non-binary and Two-Spirit people, where everyone is free to be themselves,” states Lore.