(Blogmensgo, gay blog of May 10, 2017) Once again, we will celebrate the annual International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17, 2017. With the slogan “No matter the gender,” the spotlight is on the fight against transphobia in Canada this year.
In the context of May 17, Fondation Émergence (Foundation for Emergence) made available a picture and poster series on May 4, 2017. It can be downloaded in 11 languages: Besides the national languages English and French, there are versions in German, Arabic, Chinese, Creole, Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. We are showing three of the pictures here.
Concerning the campaign, Fondation Émergence explains “that gender identity or expression should not have any impact on the feelings of respect, acceptance and love that this person, like all human beings, has the right to expect.”
Despite many medical, legal and social advances for transgender people, the general public often forgets that transgender people suffer from a triple lack of respect, acceptance and love – and this is what this year’s multilingual media campaign wants to point out.
Together with ATQ (Aide aux trans du Québec), the Émergence foundation published a guide for the integration of transgender people in the professional life end of March. Here is the promotional video for that guide:
Canada has seen legal progress that goes far beyond many other OECD countries. Since June 2016, gender identity and gender expression have been recognized as possible reasons of discrimination in Quebec. There is also a bill in Quebec that wants to give transgender minors more rights and suggests more severe punishments for transphobic actions.
On the other hand, a survey by the Léger Marketing institute published on February 9 found that residents of Quebec were behind the rest of Canada in terms of vocabulary: 91% of Canadians know at least one of the terms transphobia, gender identity and gender expression, whereas only 69% of the Quebecers do so.
(Representative online survey from January 30 to February 2, 2017 among 1523 English- or French-speaking adult participants.)