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CUPE is calling for an end to violence against transsexual and transgender persons on November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance.

November 20 has been recognized for almost a decade as a day to remember those who have been murdered or are a victim of brutal violence because of anti-transgender hatred and violence. As many as one violent death a month has been documented.

Transsexual and transgender people are workers, trade unionists and a part of CUPE. We continue to fight for their equality rights – an injury to one is an injury to all.

Many communities hold vigils to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is important to publicly condemn the violence against, and to show solidarity with, transsexual and transgender communities.

In Canada, there are few laws that protect people from discrimination based on gender identity. Sex reassignment surgery is not a covered medical procedure in many provinces, under medicare programs. Harassment at work is common.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission Policy on Discrimination and Harassment Because of Gender Identity states: “Fear and hatred of transgenders and transsexuals combined with hostility toward their very existence are fundamental human rights issues.”

For more on the Transgender Day of Remembrance see: