Response to anti-trans and anti-2SLGBTQ+ rallies taking place across Canada
Anti-trans and anti-2SLGBTQ+ rallies have been taking place across Toronto and across the country, including near our campus at Queen’s Park.
Toronto Metropolitan University unequivocally denounces any hatred, discrimination and violence against members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. TMU respects freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly; however, there is no place for homophobia, transphobia or discrimination within either TMU or our broader society. All community members, regardless of their identity should feel safe, affirmed and valued.
There has been a rise in homophobic and transphobic violence in both Canada and the US in recent years to which we need to pay close attention. In June 2023, there was a stabbing at the University of Waterloo which was linked to anti-trans and anti-gender-diverse sentiments.
For TMU to remain a leader in equity, diversity and inclusion, we need to speak up when members of our community are being targeted. The creation of a safe and respectful environment is a shared responsibility. We must be united in our support for 2SLGBTQ+ community members and remain vigilant and committed to translating our values into action.
To our 2SLGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff: we know these rallies can be distressing. Please reach out to counselling resources that are available to you:
- Students can turn to the Centre for Student Development and Counselling.
- Keep.meSAFE (external link) , is a mental health counselling service that specializes in student mental health support and provides 24/7 access to licensed counsellors through telephone and mobile chat. Mental health care can be provided in over 60 languages and students can access the service from outside of Canada too.
- Employees are supported through the Employee and Family Assistance Program.
Faculty and staff can also seek support from the Positive Space Faculty and Staff Network, a community network that supports employees of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
All TMU community members are encouraged to contact Human Rights Services with any human rights-related concerns, questions or complaints of discrimination and harassment, whether in person or online.