CAAWS celebrates International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHTB) but recognizes there is still work to do.
May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphoia (IDAHTB), a day created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
While CAAWS recognizes that progress is being made in Canadian sport with respect to creating safe and welcoming spaces for LGBTQI2S+ identities, recent research by Dr. Guylaine Demers (Laval University) and AthletesCAN suggest there is much more work to be done.
Join CAAWS on May 23 to participate in a webinar discussion around inclusion of trans women athletes in sport. Led by Jennifer Birch-Jones, the webinar will present the key findings from recent study of Canadian athletes led by Dr. Guylaine Demers and Camille Michon from Laval University. These findings will be enriched through the lived experiences of guest speaker, Michela Toscano, a Canadian competitive runner and trans woman. In addition, work being done by Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey to develop and implement a trans inclusion policy will be shared by guest speaker Jennifer Smith, Past President. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/creating-positive-and-inclusive-sport-environments-for-transgender-athletes-tickets-60318766053.
Read on for more information from SIRC about how the Canada Games Council is making sport more inclusive: https://sirc.ca/blog/putting-inclusion-practice-our-lgbtqi2s-community.