Statement in Support of 2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusion, Equity, and Safe Spaces in City Facilities
October 12, 2023
At the Wednesday October 11 Council Meeting, Mayor Bob Wells provided the following statement on behalf of Council:
Courtenay Council reiterates our strong and unwavering support of Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual communities (2SLGBTQIA+) in response to recent community protests. City of Courtenay facilities are safe and welcoming spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and their allies.
We are deeply troubled that harassment, discrimination, and bigotry related to gender identity or expression continue to cause harm in our community and elsewhere.
Courtenay is “a city for all people, created for and by residents with diverse identities, experiences and aspirations,” as enshrined in our official community plan. This vision guides the development of all policies, guidelines and actions of the City of Courtenay.
Council’s strategic priorities include the review of city operations with a social equity, reconciliation and anti-racism lens and developing corporate policy.
Council has also resolved for the City of Courtenay to become not just inclusive, but anti-racist, including condemning discrimination through our communications wherever possible, and enhancing access to safe and inclusive spaces in our community.
Everyone deserves to be free to express their gender identity and sexual orientation. We affirm our commitment to a safe and supportive community, with equity for all people.
Facing Discrimination, and Need Help?
If you or a friend have been experiencing discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, here are ways you can get help: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/erase/help