Students Stand in Solidarity with Queer and Trans Community, Rallying Against Rise in Hate
St. John’s - The Canadian Federation of Students - Newfoundland & Labrador (CFS-NL) stands in solidarity with our Queer and Trans community members, advocating for safe and inclusive 2SLGBTQIA+ education.
Today, members of CFS-NL, and the Provincial and National Chairpersons, attended counter-protests in Corner Brook and St. John’s to make it clear that inclusive 2SLGBTQIA+ education is essential. Student leaders assisted in both counter-protests to uplift marginalized voices, and to amplify calls for safe and inclusive education for all students, kindergarten through post-secondary.
“We whole-heartedly support our 2SLGBTQIA+ students, and knew that we had to come out today to make it known that any act of hate will not be tolerated,” said CFS-NL Chairperson, Mary Feltham. “We are united for equity and need our campuses, communities, and homes to be safe for all, free from transphobia, and homophobia.”
Students have been actively speaking out against queerphobia and transphobia for decades, and are concerned with the rise in hate being witnessed on campuses and in communities.
“Across Canada, students are seeing a rise in hateful messages and misinformation targeting the Queer and Trans community,” said Brandon Rhéal Amyot, CFS-FCEE National Interim Chairperson. “Students have been advocating for safe, inclusive 2SLGBTQIA+ education on campuses, and continue to organize in solidarity with Queer and Trans community members to combat hate.”
We hope to see action from decision makers to ensure safety of all our community members, especially for 2SLGBTQIA+ members experiencing hate and prejudice at alarming rates.
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The Canadian Federation of Students - Newfoundland and Labrador proudly unites 25,000 public post-secondary students in NL in the fight for high-quality, affordable, post-secondary education.
For further information, please contact:
Robert Leamon, CFS-NL Organizer
709.737.3204 (O), 709.771.0222 (M)