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NDP calls on Houston government to do more for 2SLGBTQIA+ community on Transgender Day of Remembrance

By News Nov 20, 2023 | 2:31 PM

The NDP hosted a flag-raising ceremony this morning at Province House calling on more action from the Houston government on Transgender Day of Remembrance.

It’s a day recognized annually around the world on November 20, to remember the lives lost due to violence and transphobia.

The provincial party says this year has been especially difficult for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community with increasing hate and transphobia in communities and schools.

“We’ve seen attacks on the 2SLGBTQIA+ community increase this year, and unfortunately many of these have involved queer and trans youth in and around our schools and education system,” said 2SLGBTQIA+ Affairs spokesperson Lisa Lachance. “Today is an important opportunity to recommit to the rights of children and youth across our province to have access to a safe and supportive education.”

To address these issues the NDP says the Houston government should:

  • unequivocally condemn transphobia and hate;
  • immediately announce that MSI will cover gender-affirming care as set out in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care 8;
  • ensure that schools have the resources needed to create truly safe schools; and
  • create a Minister of 2SLGBTQIA+ issues and an Action Plan for Nova Scotia.

The province adopted a new Gender-Affirming Care Policy in July to improve access to care.