The Vancouver Park board has approved a motion aimed at creating more inclusive spaces for trans and gender-variant communities. Commissioners unanimously supported the motion brought forward by Vision Vancouver commissioner Trevor Loke.
The move drew a standing ovation from supporters, many of whom shared stories with the board about their experiences feeling unwelcome in city facilities such as recreation centres, swimming pools, and washrooms.
Rachel Andrus referred to the subject as not just a transgender issue, but one of human rights.
“Transgendered individuals are not asking for extra rights,” she told commissioners. “Ideally, we want the exact same rights as everyone else and the right not to be constantly judged.”
Loke’s motion calls for the creation of a trans and gender-variant working group to report to the park board detailing how Vancouver can be “the world’s most inclusive jurisdiction for trans and gender-variant communities”.