In 2020, there were 350 reports of trans people being murdered across the world – and those are only the deaths we know about. The vast majority of victims were trans women. Most were Black, Indigenous or people of colour. Many were killed in their jobs as sex workers.

Despite ongoing hatred, trans people continue to be at the forefront of social justice movements. CUPE members across the country are joining in the fight for trans rights with calls to end conversion “therapy” and improve public services for LGBTQ2+ workers. We encourage all of our members to learn about allyship to end discrimination and violence against trans, two-spirit and non-binary people.

Trans Day of Remembrance serves as a stark reminder, however, of how much work we still must do. We are committed to continuing to make our workplaces, unions and communities safer for trans people.

What can you do?



Take action

  • Participate in Trans Day of Remembrance events in your community. 
  • Write to your Senator to demand they reconvene as soon as possible to pass Bill C6 which would ban conversion practices. For more information, see this report endorsed by CUPE and No Conversion Canada’s website.
  • Challenge transphobic comments and behaviour as well as racism, misogyny, class oppression and other forms of violence towards trans people.