Today is International Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day to honour and remember all transgender and non-binary people who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence.
Tonight we will light a candle with our loved ones to remember all of those who have been harmed. We hope that wherever you are, whoever you are, you are safe and that you will take a moment to light a candle and remember with us.
Tomorrow we will get up and continue to work to make our little part of the world a better place for transgender and non-binary people who deserve to live how they choose, love who they choose, and be treated with kindness, respect, and dignity.
There’s work to be done, and it is not the work of transgender people alone.
How to be an ally in a small town:
• Never stop learning and challenging yourself,
• Correct ignorance and fear when you see it/hear it out in the world,
• Let your local organizations, schools, political representatives know that you are an ally, and you expect that they will be too,
• Post positive messages on your social media,
• Support other people, businesses, and organizations that are working for Pride in your community,
• Support and love each other, because that’s where the best things in life happen.
“Solidarity means showing up, speaking out, saying their names and steadfastly working to change the realities that conspire to put transgender people at risk of violence. We can do better.”
Jay Brown – HRC Foundation
Hello Everyone! During the Elk Valley Pride Festival we built some lovely lanterns for the Festival of Lights. Now the Arts Station is looking for people to carry those lanterns in the Festival of Lights Lantern Parade. Anyone can join, there are many lanterns to carry, just show up on November 10th at the Arts Station and they will take care of you. If you brought your lantern home please feel free to bring it out to the Festival and join the parade.
More information about the Fernie Festival of Lights!
Join us Friday, November 9th at 7:30pm for a chill evening of fun, friendship, and laughter at the Valley Social.
Snacks, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are provided. Wine, beer, and spirits are available for purchase at the bar.
Beers & Queers is a monthly social event for the LGBTQ2+ community hosted by the Fernie Pride Society and The Valley Social. This event is proudly sponsored by The East Kootenay Community Credit Union. Everyone is welcome!
The Valley Social Company: 562 2 Ave, Fernie, BC
If you are as excited as we are about the upcoming Elk Valley Pride Festival, consider joining our team and becoming a volunteer!
There are a number of different volunteer opportunities from October 9th to 14th to fit into your schedule.
The shifts are short, the company is excellent (or so we’ve been told), and you will be rewarded with friends for life, a volunteer t-shirt, and brunch on Sunday.
And so if you want to be a part of this amazing celebration of diversity and inclusion send us an e-mail for more information!
Read the Calgary Herald article about the documentary Quiet Heros. It pays tribute to reluctant gay-rights pioneer Everett Klippert and the Calgary historian who worked to keep his memory alive.
“Those pebbles make huge ripples. Kevin’s writing was picked up by The Globe and Mail and national publications and that led to the apology from Justin Trudeau. Whether it’s Everett Klippert, this unassuming public bus driver, or Kevin toiling away and researching for years, this work is important. I hope it inspires other people to continue or start work that they feel passionate about. It can affect change.”