Gerry Rogers statement on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Today in the House of Assembly, St. John’s Centre NDP MHA Gerry Rogers spoke on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
“As a Lesbian I am happy to stand in this House to join people around the world marking The International day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This is a result of years of activism, lobbying and working within the LGBTQ community and with our allies,” she said in the House in response to a ministerial statement on IDAHOT.
“We have gained much in our province but still there is more to do especially in access to medical services for Trans folks and addressing the lack of LGBTQ curriculum in our school system and services for our LGBTQ youth.
“Today we celebrate, but we mustn’t stop working for change and full equality!”
Rogers noted that trans individuals still face unnecessary travel and other medical expenses. “We still lag behind in the in-province assessment process,” she said. “We have medical professionals here who can do the assessments, yet we still force people to go to other provinces.”
“I celebrate and congratulate the activists for all the work they have done to bring us so far, and urge us all to support them as they continue the struggle for real equality,” Rogers said.
Rogers will host an LGBTQ Trivia Night beginning at 7 p.m. at Bitters Pub (MUN Campus) tonight.