Save the date: Unifor’s 2023 Pride Conference will take place on April 28-30 of this year!
The conference will be held at the Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario and will be open only to members of the LGBTQ2SI community.
The Pride Conference is a bilingual event for lesbian, gays, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex (LGBTQ2SI) members to gain skills and build knowledge. Allies’ activism and support is important for campaigns and progress year-round, but this conference is a space for members of the LGBTQ2SI community to work together. The last conference was hosted in 2019, so we are excited for members to be welcomed back to the Centre and to the community this spring.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Unifor unites with a global movement in acknowledging November 20 as the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). This is a day to come together to recognise those whose lives have been taken due to due to anti-trans violence.
All members should work to be active allies to stop the violence against transgender people and to build caring communities and a more inclusive union. Taking action to end this violence is our shared responsibility.
Unifor encourages members to participate in the following three ways:
- Attend a vigil on November 20 and say their names. Many TDOR vigils include the reading of the names of people lost to anti-trans violence. This is an important memorial to victims around the world.
- Include a moment of silence for murdered trans people at your next union event or meeting. Take time to pause and recognise those that have been taken by this violence, and commit to continue to work against it as a union.
- Support trans people in your union and community. Print and share the “6 ways you can be an ally” poster. Read and follow the steps to end hate and stop transphobia.
Download and share the new Transgender Day of Remembrance poster here (PDF) and shareable, linked to below.
Unifor Pride Committee Representatives
British Columbia Region: Ron Mill (Local 3000), Luis Garcia-Mendez (Local 2002), Agata Matyszczuk (Local 111)
Prairie Region: Kelly Ries (Local 650), Krista Wagner (Local 649)
Ontario Region: Dana Dunphy (Local 444), Billy Kudla (Local 222), Deanne Smith (Local 25)
Quebec Region: Kevork Vahedjian (Local 2002), Eliane Servant-Gendron (Local 98); Joaquim Aleixo (Local 62)
Atlantic Region: Mark Stillwell (Local MWF-1); Martin Melanson (Local 2002), Ky Rees (Local 2002)
Unifor is committed to representing all of our members and creating safer and fairer workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) union members.
We're proud of the work we do to confront homophobia and transphobia in the workplace. Unifor advocates for the Pride community in Canada. Unifor actively participates in Pride parades and hold national Pride conferences.
May 17 Poster in PDF.
You’ve got rights – we’ll stand up for them. Click here for our pride leaflet.
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