President’s Message: Day of Pink and Gender Revolution

A huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make our screening of Gender Revolution so successful. At least 90 attended.

The volunteers from Runnymede United produced a wonderful meal for everyone. Everyone shared, in an easy informal way, why they had come and what they were facing. It was natural peer support and a beautiful thing to behold.

The National Geographic documentary “Gender Revolution” was followed with a panel that was moderated by volunteer Brenda Lien (who also coordinated the dinner). On the panel were Giselle and Alan Bloch, Noah Sparrow, Stephanie Woolley and Dani Ortega.

It was a magical night.

Day of Pink

We fanned out to speak at several schools that were celebrating Day of Pink. While we were busy with students across the city, Education Minister Lisa Thompson was wearing pink too. So were some of her caucus colleagues.


In Question Period, Thompson was asked about Day of Pink and referred to “healthy relationships” several times. When pressed to say “transphobia and homophobia” since that was the theme of Day of Pink, she replied, ”Actually, those words don’t exist in my vocabulary because it’s about the actions that really matter. I’m thinking of my friend Craig; I’m thinking of my friend Frank. I am thinking about my family members whom we embrace. We don’t classify and we don’t use terms to label.”

An uproar ensued, the media pounced and later that day she went on Twitter to walk those words back.

Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia will be back in the spotlight on May 17th at noon at City Hall as we host the city’s dedication to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Please join us!

Anne Creighton, President