With the state of women's and LGBT rights vulnerable in the political climate governed by U.S. President Donald Trump, this event couldn't come sooner.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Day is held annually in February to boost awareness about sexual and reproductive health issues and to address issues about sexually transmitted infections.
Vancouver-based Options for Sexual Health will hold their SRH Day Breakfast on February 16 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Hotel (1128 West Hastings Street). Tickets are $85 and available online. Two speakers are scheduled, including Vancouver-based Young Adult science fiction author Tash McAdam, who will be reading from their work.
Each year, Opt honours an individual for their significant contributions to sexual health awareness.
Last year, Pivot Legal Society executive director Katrina Pacey was chosen for her devotion to fighting for the rights of sex workers in Canada.
This year, transgender activist Tru Wilson will be recognized at the breakfast for her efforts to advocate for trans rights.
When Wilson was refused the right to attend school as girl at Ladner's Sacred Heart, the Wilson family filed a human-rights complaint against the school and the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese for not supporting her gender identity. In response, the Catholic School Board became one of the first in North America to develop a policy to support gender expression in 2014. Wilson went on to participate in a Vancouver Parks Board transgender awareness campaign and continues to speak about trans rights.
For more information on the breakfast, visit Opt's website.