Thursday, June 23, 2022

Pride 2022


We’re flying the Pride flag at the Legislature!

2SLGBTQIA+ folks continue to face violence and discrimination and it’s vital that we work against that hatred. Everyone deserves the freedom to love and to be who they are.

Our government is working hard to advance the rights and freedoms for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. That’s why we took action to ensure the spectrum of gender identity is included on B.C. government ID, or why we ensured that people can change their gender designations on their BC Services Card, BC Driver’s Licence and BCID without the confirmation of a physician or psychologist. It’s why we moved to ensure publicly funded, affirming lower surgeries are available in B.C., and why we expanded coverage of preventative treatment for people at-risk of contracting HIV. These are just some of the steps we’ve taken to build a BC where people are truly free to be who they are.

This year, BC communities like Armstrong, 100 Mile House, Vanderhoof, and Lillooet are hosting Pride parades for the first time ever! Pride Week in Victoria also starts today; click here to checkout some of the wonderful events that are happening in our community!

Pride is a reminder of how far we’ve come and of how far we have to go. Just last weekend, Cafe Fantastico in Quadra Village had to cancel a drag show because of threats of violence. We all must stand with the 2SLGBTQIA+ against these vile acts of hatred. A more inclusive society leads to a higher quality of life for everyone, and I hope you can join me in standing against bigotry and hate.