Chief Adam Palmer joins Velvet Steele in raising trans flag at Vancouver police headquarters

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      We all have our reasons for complaining about Vancouver, starting with the price of housing.

      Then there's the traffic gridlock and overcrowded buses. And the downtown peninsula seems to be becoming as expensive as Manhattan.

      But today, we also had a reminder of why many of us still feel pride in calling Vancouver home. 

      On this year's Transgender Day of Remembrance, the chief of police, Adam Palmer, joined long-time public-safety advocate Velvet Steele in raising the trans flag at Vancouver police headquarters.

      It was one of the events held in Vancouver to commemorate trans people who've been killed solely on the basis of their gender identity or gender expression.

      In many cities in the world, it would be incomprehensible for the police chief to join a trans person to do something like this.

      However, it's worth noting that the chief's decision to raise the flag came after the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ordered the Vancouver police board in 2015 to stop police from discriminating against trans people.

      The trans flag was designed by Monica Helms and was first flown during a Pride march in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2000. 

      The first time the trans flag was raised over Vancouver City Hall came during Pride week in 2015.

      Meanwhile, the website lists hundreds of trans people who were killed over the past year around the world.

      The worst record was in Brazil, where 151 trans people were murdered in that period, according to the website. Another 47 were murdered in Mexico.

      In Canada, one murdered trans person was listed, Sisi Thibert, who was stabbed to death in Montreal on September 18.