International Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility is an opportunity to learn about the challenges facing the transgender community and support the right of all transgender people in Canada to be treated equally. It is an occasion to recognize and celebrate the strength, resilience, and diverse contributions of transgender people to our families, communities, and to the Northwest Territories. Transgender Day of Visibility reminds us of the vital importance of acknowledging and affirming the human rights of genderfluid, gender-queer and transgender people, and the importance of being an ally.

As we celebrate progress in recognizing and respecting transgender rights in Canada, we also acknowledge ongoing challenges. Recently in some parts of our country Governments have proposed laws and policies that will likely lead to exclusion or discrimination against transgender persons. These actions are concerning and stand in stark contrast to principles of equality and inclusivity. We can work to counter homophobia and transphobia by actively engaging in conversations that promote understanding, and advocate for policies that ensure transgender individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

Stigma plays a harmful role against equality because it contributes to misinformation and fearmongering. Harmful narratives play a part in discrimination and exclusion, so education is important to combat stigma. We should all advocate for human rights by helping dispel myths, challenge harmful stereotypes, and create inclusive environments where transgender individuals can live authentically without fear of prejudice.

The NWT Human Rights Commission is committed to the ongoing work of dismantling discriminatory practices and creating a more inclusive and equitable territory for everyone. We encourage northerners to partner in allyship to build a future where all Canadians can live authentically and with dignity, regardless of their gender identity or gender expression.

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