Hate directed towards Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex people is on the rise in Canada. In the last few months, we have seen attacks on drag story time events, coordinated online hate campaigns directed at trans activists, and efforts to force children and youth to use washrooms that don’t fit their gender across the country.
Unfortunately, homophobic and transphobic harassment is nothing new for workers. CUPE’s own research shows that many trans and non-binary workers face frequent misgendering from co-workers and managers. Employer benefits often don’t meet their health care needs. Even workplace forms, changerooms, and dress codes are often exclusionary. Workplace harassment, violence and discrimination can be especially severe for 2SLGBTQI+ workers who are also Indigenous, Black, racialized and/or living with disabilities.
But 2SLGBTQI+ workers and our allies fight to make our work and public services safer for all. CUPE members know that homophobia, transphobia and biphobia have no place in our workplaces or communities. Today and every day, CUPE stands with 2SLGBTQI+ workers to end violence, harassment, and discrimination in all their forms.
- Learn how to fight homophobia and transphobia at the bargaining table with CUPE’s Bargaining 2SLGBTQI+ rights checklist, and our Bargaining Beyond the Binary negotiating guide.
- Download and share CUPE’s report on safer public services for 2SLGBTQI+ workers and older adults
- Raise awareness: download and share CUPE’s fact sheets on Allies on gender diversity and Pronouns.
- Download our poster.