YWCA Ontario’s Statement on 2SLGBTQIA+ Solidarity
YWCA Ontario believes in fostering a society where all women, girls, and gender diverse people can thrive. Collectively, we work tenaciously to break down barriers that perpetuate systemic inequity and gender inequality. YWCA Ontario’s work includes creating safer spaces for people of all gender and sexual orientations including Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and additional sexually and gender diverse people (2SLGBTQIA+).
The recent rise in anti-2SLGBTQIA+ rhetoric and pushback against gender equity and inclusion has been alarming. At school, at work, and at home, all people should feel safe and supported to discover who they are and to be their most authentic selves. We denounce bigotry and hate in all its forms and our commitment to working towards a world where the rights of Trans and gender diverse people are permanently upheld is unwavering. There is no future for gender equality, equity, or justice without the inclusion and support of 2SLGBTQIA+ people.
Sami Pritchard, Interim Director of Advocacy and Communications, YWCA Toronto
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