For the first time in history supporters raised the blue, pink and white flag of the trans community at McDougall Centre in Calgary and at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton Sunday.
The raising of the transgender pride flag marks the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to reflect on the lives of transgendered people who have been bullied or even killed around the world.
“It’s still tragic that people are there not just bullied, harassed and discriminated against, but in many instances they are still being killed worldwide,” Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said. “I think that’s something that should be a problem for everyone. I think we should all be working to do the best we can to make an inclusive society and to ensure that we are doing our best to push everyone that way.”
Angela Reid, co-president of TESA, the Trans Equality Society of Alberta explains some of the things she would like to do to make Alberta more inclusive.
“We would really like to see them analyze some of the existing legislation that impacts trans lives that inherently discriminatory. For example the aeronautics act in Canada still calls for gate agents to determine on their own volition someones gender identity.”
Transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith started the annual event as a way to honour the memory of Rita Hester.
Hester was a transgender woman killed in 1998 in Allston, Massachusetts.