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?
- Educate yourself and your members about key trans issues to help make your workplace safer and trans-inclusive. Become an ally for gender diversity, ask for union education courses and human rights presentations in your region.
- Invite a trans activist to speak to your local.
- Use CUPE educational resources, including our fact sheets on pronouns and Allies on Gender Diversity, share them with other members and your employer.
- Read CUPE’s report on making public services safer for LGBTQ2+ workers and older adults.
- Bargain language to advance the rights of trans members. Use CUPE’s bargaining checklist on bargaining LGBTQ2+ rights.
- Check out the CLC “Workers in Transition Guide”.
- 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.