June 24, 2016
Exciting Progress for the LGBT Community in Surrey
At Surrey Women’s Centre we are excited to see signs of progress for the LGBT community in Surrey this week. Not only did the gay-straight alliance at Guildford Park Secondary host Surrey’s first ever Pride Prom on Monday, but this weekend the City will also be hosting Surrey’s first Pride Parade.
These steps come on the heels of the new policy issued by the Vancouver Police Department this past week concerning police interactions with transgender people. This policy came in response after the VPD was rebuked by the BC Human Rights Tribunal for misgendering a trans woman and refusing to allow her to access medical care while in custody.
Surrey itself has come a long way when it comes to LGBT rights. In 1997 the Surrey School Board banned a book called “One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads” because it featured a family headed by two fathers, and in 2003 banned both “Asha’s Mums” and “Belinda’s Bouquet,” two other books that both featured children with two mothers.
Hopefully this new policy and the Pride Prom and Pride Parade in Surrey indicate tangible progress for the LGBT community both in Surrey and in the Greater Vancouver area.
We here at Surrey Women’s Centre stand for all women, including trans women, lesbians, and bisexual women. We are so glad that these signs of progress for LGBT people are taking place in our city.
Surrey’s Pride Parade will take place at 11:00 AM on Sunday, June 26th. The parade will start at City Hall and end at Holland Park where the Pride Festival will be held.