Speakers express challenges of being LGBT refugees and parents of trans children

Rainbow Flag BANNERMay 20, 2015 – Reported by the Georgia Straight – Although this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia breakfast focussed on LGBT refugees, one of the most emotionally affecting speeches was by one local public figure who isn’t LGBT but has been deeply affected by LGBT discrimination.

Andrea Reimer spoke about her experiences she has had in both the political and personal realms. While she is a city councillor, she is also the mother of a transgender child.

“On one level, I am a deputy mayor, and in that role, I feel powerful and fierce, and part of a huge team like Tim [Stevenson] and Patti Bacchus on our school board, and Trevor Loke, our former park commissioner, and all of our elected officials who are fighting and winning big battles to fight transphobia and homophobia,” she said. “But I’m also a mother….I have a great kid who I love very much who is a trans child.”

Reimer talked about the Vancouver School Board hearings for its update to its 2004 sexual orientation and gender identity policy, held in May 2014, and how her child was the very first speaker at the hearings…story continues below…

via Speakers express challenges of being LGBT refugees and parents of trans children | Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly.

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