We are amidst a striking backlash targeting 2 Spirit, trans, and non-binary people, drag performers, and broader 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Gender-diverse identities are being targeted and attacked for political gain, putting trans lives and trans youth lives in danger.

On September 20, 2023, anti-trans marches took place in cities across Canada. The HIV Prevention Lab and the HOPE Centre for Sexual and Gender Minority People want to add to the responses of BC’s Human Rights Commissioner, the 519 Centre, and the CBRC to these hate-fueled marches by affirming that the human rights of 2SLGBTQIA+ people are not up for debate.

We strive to create a safe, inclusive, just, and equitable space for 2SLGBTQIA+ and all people to thrive. 2SLGBTQIA+ lives matter. Trans lives matter. The safety of trans youth matters. Every single day.


LGBT Youthline text: 647-694-4275
LGBT Youthline Resources Finder: https://resources.youthline.ca/
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366
Stepstones for 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Resource Guide: https://www.stepstonesforyouth.com/resources/youth-resources/lgbt2q-services/
Hope for Wellness Helpline: 1-855-242-3310 or visit their website: https://www.hopeforwellness.ca
Toronto Distress Centres: 416-408-4357 or 408-HELP
TalkSuicide: 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645