Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20, 2020

TDOR Proclamation1

A flag-raising was held today at 12:00 noon in honour of Transgender Day of Remembrance. The proclamation above was read out at that time by Mayor Risser.

The flag will remain in place through the weekend, then the Mi'kmaq Grand Council flag will be restored.

A video of the flag-raising is available on our YouTube channel here:

Mayor Risser's Remarks

We’re here today to mark a sombre occasion – November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance.  

During Transgender Awareness Week, transgender people and their allies raise the visibility of transgender people – who all too often experience prejudice, discrimination, and violence. 

Joining me today are my Lunenburg Councillors Jenni Birtles, Stephen Ernst, Ed Halverson, Peter Mosher, and Susan Sanford, as well as special guests Jenn Meister and Jakah MacDonald from Lunenburg Pride, and Paul Ash from the South Shore Regional School Board.

At the Council meeting of November 12th, Council approved the “Transgender Day of Remembrance Proclamation”. [Read Proclamation aloud.]

Greater acceptance and inclusion for all trans and gender diverse people in our community is an important facet to being a Town where no one feels left out or left behind.  

But sympathy is not enough. We must all take responsibility for educating ourselves and guarding against even small prejudices.  I ask all our citizens to be part of the solution, so that we can continue our progressive journey toward becoming a fully inclusive community.  

Be kind to each other. Thank you.

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