On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (May 17th), the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) joins in solidarity with LGBTQ2+ workers in the growing movement to eradicate discrimination.
The fight for LGBTQ2+ rights is far from over
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and two-spirit people continue to face discrimination and harassment at work and in their daily lives:
- Many LGBTQ2+ people cannot access life-saving drugs because of a lack of pharmacare
- Trans people frequently have to travel and/or pay for gender affirming surgeries
- Most workplaces fail to provide accessible gender inclusive washrooms
- Some members of the LGBTQ2+ community are still banned from donating blood or organs because of outdated stereotypes and stigma
PSAC has long campaigned for LGBTQ2+ rights, and we have won some notable victories in recent years. Gender identity and gender expression are now protected human rights grounds in Canada. Moving forward, our union will work to ensure that these rights are realized in the workplace.
- Bring issues affecting LGBTQ2+ workers to the bargaining table
- Fight to include HIV prevention medication and gender-affirming hormone therapies in extended health plans
- Advocate for gender inclusive washrooms in workplaces
- Demonstrate solidarity with our LGBTQ2+ siblings by respecting pronouns, names and identities
On May 17th, let’s all pledge to re-commit to act for LGBTQ2+ rights.