PHOTOS: Trangender flag raised for first time ever outside of B.C. Legislature

Supporters of Transgender Day of Remembrance check out the flag before it’s raised outside the B.C. Legislature. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
The transgender flag is raised for the first time outside the B.C. Legislature on Wednesday in support of Transgender Day of Remembrance. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Aaron Devor, chair of transgender studies at the University of Victoria, speaks during the flag raising ceremony on Wednesday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
ChrŸs Tei speaks at the flag raising ceremony at the B.C. Legislature in support of Transgender Day of Remembrance. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
ChrŸs Tei, executive director of Rainbow Health Cooperative, stands next to Aaron Devor, chair of transgender studies at UVic, at the flag raising ceremony at the B.C. Legislature on Wednesday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
The transgender flag at half-mast outside the B.C. Legislature on Wednesday in support of Transgender Day of Remembrance. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

For the first time ever the transgender flag was raised outside the B.C. Legislature on Wednesday, honouring those who have been murdered or killed because someone disagreed with their gender identity.

Nov. 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance that began in 1999 as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed the year before in Boston. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Hester’s death and began an important tradition.

RELATED: Candlelight vigil held Wednesday to honor murdered transgender people worldwide

Mitzi Dean, parliamentary secretary for gender equity, addressed the crowd of supporters, along with Aaron Devor, chair of transgender studies at the University of Victoria, and ChrŸs Tei, executive director of the Rainbow Health Cooperative.

“Trans people are living proof that the spirit of this world is committed to one job we share, evolution is trying every possible combination of human with the hope that together we will figure out a way,” said Tei, to a crowd of supporters gathered in front of the flag pole. “We are proof that although there’s never been a promise of an easy life, there has always been the promise that we will have the means to solve the problems of life.”

READ ALSO: Trans ID Clinics provide folks with pro bono legal advice

A candlelight vigil will be held Wednesday evening in Bastion Square, where a list of about 300 names of transgender people who were murdered or killed in the past year will be read out. Tei said the list has been getting longer each year the event has taken place since 2014.

According to Tei getting the list of names is always a “scramble” because only a handful of non profits around the world track transgender deaths and some countries — such as Russia and many places in Asia — don’t track the number at all. Tei says this is where she’d like to see Canada step up and help organize.

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

New survey finds 4.7 million women over 15 were victims of sexual assault in Canada

Some 1.2 million men (eight per cent) report having been sexually assaulted since age 15

Imagination and Christmas spirit combine at Sooke Festival of Trees

Sooke’s festival part of a larger fund raising effort for Children’s Hospital

Greater Victoria residents recognized for International Volunteer Day

Thousands of people volunteer throughout the community every year

In and out in 60 seconds, two suspects get away with $10,000 worth of jewelry after break-in at WestShore Gold and Silver

Langford business broken into just down the street from West Shore RCMP detachment

More than a million square feet of rental units proposed for downtown Victoria development

The Harris Green development is proposed to take over two large lots on Yates Street

VIDEO: Rockslide closes Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

POLL: Will you be donating to charities over the holiday season?

Many here in Victoria joined others around the world to take part… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 3

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Trustees ask for more help after tearful meeting on B.C. school’s ‘toxic’ stench

Enforcement has ‘no teeth,’ school trustee says, while kids become sick

One of B.C’s last surviving strip clubs baring all again for Christmas charity

25th annual event is Sunday and raises money for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society.

Threats to the Fraser River at ‘new zenith,’ says river conservationist

The ‘Heart of the Fraser’ should be deemed ecologically significant according to ORC statement

Grandparents raising children: Shuswap grandma sees need for support

Peer group formed for those who have unexpectedly taken on the role of parenting

Final appeal rejected for man convicted in deaths of missing Alberta seniors

Lyle and Marie McCann were in their 70s when they left their home in St. Albert in 2010 and vanished

Thieving gun-toting Santa breaks into Princeton restaurant, makes icing sugar sandwich

The suspect allegedly made a sandwich of icing sugar and ham

Most Read