– On Wednesday, February 8th at 7:30 p.m. in St. Catharines/Niagara
An Invitation to All from the Niagara District Council Of Women
Posted February 2nd, 2017 on Niagara At Large
Join the Council of Women for a PUBLIC MEETING on Transgender Inclusion – on what it means, on what the challenges are and what are the successes of the transgender community.
Where – in the Mills Room of the St. Catharines Centennial Library, 54 Church Street, in downtown, St. Catharines, Ontario.
When – Wednesday February 8th 7:30 p.m.
Susan Gapka has survived homelessness, drug abuse and poverty, and since 1999 has been an important political voice for the transgender community in Toronto. In 2000, she graduated with honours from the Community Worker Program at George Brown College. A political science degree from York University would come in 2009.
Susan Gapka has volunteered for Olivia Chow, ran for city council in 2006 and 2010, and fought for equality for every Canadian who struggles with gender identity. She founded a lobby group to demand that the Ontario Liberal government of Dalton McGuinty restore funding for Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS), which had been cancelled by Mike Harris’ Conservatives. In 2012, it won changes to the province’s Vital Statistics Act which had required that people have “transsexual surgery” before they could change their birth registration. Also in 2012 came passage of NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo’s bill to amend Ontario’s Human Rights Code to include “gender identity” and “gender expression.”
Colleen McTigue is facilitator for Transgender Niagara, a trans peer support group in St. Catharines, and is also an activist for the transgender community in general. She has a blog and associated twitter account, Trans Rights Watch, which has the goal of highlighting challenges to trans rights globally, such as the conservative efforts to pass laws restricting access to gendered facilities such as washrooms for transgender individuals.
Colleen McTigue has written a number of op-ed pieces that have been published by the Hamilton Spectator, and graduated in 2015 with a Certificate in Adult Education from Brock University. She hopes to find work in diversity education with a focus on Trans issues, particularly for the health care community.
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