On September 20th, 2023, anti-trans marches are taking place in cities across Canada, including here in Vancouver. ECU echoes BC’s Human Rights Commissioner’s response to these hate-fueled marches by affirming that the human rights of 2SLGBTQIA+ people are not up for debate.
As we see a rise in conspiracy theories and disinformation driving fear, hate and intolerance, we disavow any sentiments that seek to deny a person’s right to express themselves freely or be who they are.
Our university strives to be an inclusive, safe space for all to study, work, create and thrive. Arts and culture institutions have often stood as safe havens for marginalized people to find a place of belonging where they can express themselves freely and proudly. These values must be protected as we condemn these emboldened ideologies of ignorance.
Today, there may be students, staff and faculty who feel unsafe. Some 2SLGBTQIA+ members of our community may not feel safe to be out and visible. The university supports our community members in doing what is needed to feel secure today, whether that means staying at home or surrounding oneself with friends and allies. Those who may need additional support can find a list of resources below.
Emily Carr University affirms our support of trans and 2SLGBTQIA+ people and communities today. Together, we stand against hate and work toward progress.
Emily Carr University Counselling Services: https://www.ecuad.ca/student-life/student-services/counselling
Youth Crisis Line: 1-888-562-1214
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366
LGBT Youthline: Text 647-694-4275
BC Crisis Centre: 1-800-784-2433
Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566
Hope for Wellness for Indigenous people: 1-855-242-3310