I read about Bella [a transgender girl who was not allowed to use the girl’s washroom after a parent (!?) complained] on Facebook a few weeks ago and felt compelled to participate in the conversation. I am a proud member of the queer community and also the daughter of a trans person.
While chatting with a client the other day the subject of diversity in schools came up. She talked about how happy she is with the diversity of the school her daughters attend. When I brought up Bella’s situation with her she thought her daughters would be happy to wear some pink in their hair to show support for this little transgirl and human rights. Below are photos of the happy girls and their new pink!
I would like to recognize the work that is being done here in Vancouver:
Out in Schools , is an organization that engages youth through film in the promotion of safer and more diverse learning environments, free from homophobia, transphobia and bullying. I am a proud supporter.
The Vancouver Park Board Trans* and Gender-Variant Inclusion Working Group The Working Group is composed of eight volunteers who reflect the diversity of the trans* and gender-variant communities, the allies that support them, and the professionals that serve them. The group is co-chaired by two members appointed by the Park Board in consultation with the Vancouver LGBTQ Civic Advisory Committee.
The Vancouver School Board has updated their policy towards gender and sexual orientation.
The Park Board has also passed some recommendations for Reducing Barriers for Trans* & Gender Variant Community Members.
I am excited for the changes that are happening and also know there is more work to be done. I want everyone to know that Oh Hey Style is a safe place for trans* and gender variant folks to get their hair done. I believe that taking care of your hair is an important part of one’s self care. I believe it should be accessible and inclusive.Thank you for taking a peek at my blog. I know I am a bit behind the times Bella’s story happened months ago now. However, I think its still an important story to tell.