Vancouver’s Templeton Pool is hosting their first trans-inclusive public swim this weekend with the goal of providing a safe environment for people to access the pool, change rooms, washrooms, and showers without fear of discrimination based on their gender identity. The weekly swim takes place from noon to 2 p.m. PT on Sundays, beginning Jan. 11.
Trained staff will be on hand at Templeton to educate patrons regarding gender sensitivity, answer questions and help direct people to the appropriate change rooms, washrooms and showers.
While it’s the first public city-facilitated trans swim at Templeton, trans advocates have been renting Templeton swim space about once a month since 2010.
Last April, the Vancouver Park Board accepted 77 recommendations to make public spaces more welcoming and inclusive of trans and gender queer individuals. These included changing signage, improving staff training, and updating community programming.