November 19th, 2021

Lachance: Work still required to advance trans rights in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX -- NSNDP 2SLGBTQ+ Affairs spokesperson Lisa Lachance made the following statement ahead of the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th:

“Tomorrow, the trans community and allies will pause to mourn and remember those who have lost their lives to transphobic violence and suicide. Today in our province, trans and two-spirit people face systemic barriers to accessing health care, employment and housing.
It’s important to recognize the critical work being led by the trans community to ensure that the human rights of trans and two-spirit people are upheld in Nova Scotia. Gender-affirming care is life-saving care, and our province should strive to be a leading jurisdiction in providing comprehensive, quality trans-inclusive health services. Our provincial government must also see that organizations supporting the health and wellbeing of the trans community are adequately funded.
Despite significant advocacy to make our communities and institutions safer, trans youth are growing up in a world where they are likely to encounter hatred and stigma. The pandemic has made many people’s lives more precarious; this is disproportionately true for the trans community.”