Live Chat for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
May 17, 2018 - 1:55pm

Thursday (today) is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Premier Rachel Notley issued a statement saying those who experience these things by being bullied or verbally harrassed are more likely to attempt suicide.

“They are also our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, parents and grandparents, friends and loved ones. They work as teachers, doctors, athletes, oilfield workers, ranchers, entrepreneurs and in every other occupation. They are colleagues, neighbours and citizens – our fellow Albertans," Notley said.

“It matters how we treat each other. No one deserves to be discriminated against, denied basic services or to lose their life because of who they are or whom they love."

Locally, the Trans and Non-Binary Aid Society (TANAS), Central Alberta Pride Society, and the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Network are hosting a live discussion on Facebook Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

TANAS President Bobbi-Jo L'Hirondelle says homophobia, transphobia and biphobia are still very releveant subjects in our community.

"In order to combat it, we need to stand tall and educate the community on these very important things," she says. "These things can lead to death for many people. In many cases, it can lead them to homelessness or being jobless. Many factors play into it."

The live chat can be found on the TANAS Facebook page.

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