Vancouver city council to vote on new transgender-inclusion action plan

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      Vancouver city council will vote on July 13 on a staff report for a new trans inclusion action plan.

      The plan proposes the creation of a city staff interdepartmental team to oversee the implementation of the inclusion plan over the next six to 18 months.

      The 85-page report covers 14 recommendations covering public spaces, facilities, and signage; programs and services; human resources; communications and data; and community consultation and public partnerships.

      The plan includes objectives such as changing washroom signage from gender-specific to universal, function-based ones, providing trans-inclusion training to the city's corporate management and general managers, developing a checklist for trans inclusion in city events and protocols, and updating grant priorities, data collection, employment practices programs, and services to become trans-inclusive.

      Mayor Gregor Robertson expressed his agreement with the plan.

      “I’m proud to support this progressive TGV2S Inclusion policy that brings us even further in achieving equal rights and access to services for all residents,” he said in a statement on July 8.

      The report will also be referred to the Vancouver Police and the Vancouver Public Library for review.

      TransFocus Consulting and Equity Labs served as consultants on the plan, and it was developed in consultation with the Vancouver Public Library, the Vancouver Police Department, the City’s LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee, the Vancouver Park Board’s TGVI Steering Committee, and the Vancouver Board of Education’s Pride Advisory Committee.

      City council's motion "Supporting Trans* Equality and an Inclusive Vancouver" was approved in July 2015. The motion directed staff to create a report on how the city could make facilities, programs, and operations trans-inclusive.